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This page gives details of other libraries that members of the Royal Free Library are eligible to use for the consultation of books and journals not held at the Royal Free.

Other UCL libraries

Staff and students of the UCL Medical School, NHS-funded staff designated as 'recognised teachers', and staff of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust are able to use any UCL library. Royal Free Hospital staff must first register with the Royal Free Hospital Medical Library and obtain a reader ticket before visiting any other UCL library.

Further information on joining and visiting UCL Libraries can be found on the Membership Services page of the UCL Library Services website.

Information about the location of the UCL libraries, their collections and their opening hours can be found on the UCL Library Services website.

The medical libraries within UCL are listed below. The collections of most libraries can be found on UCL's library catalogue. To search the collections of and Archway Healthcare Library, please consult the relevant library's web pages for further information.

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Other University of London libraries

Access to and borrowing from the University of London Library at Senate House is available to all staff and students of the UCL Medical School.

Academic staff and research postgraduate students of UCL are normally admitted to other University of London libraries for reference only. Taught course students at UCL are also allowed access to some college libraries. Please check access policies on the individual college library websites. A list University of London college websites is available on the UCL Library Services website.

Staff of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust are not eligible to access these libraries except by prior agreement with the librarian of the relevant institution.

British Medical Association (BMA) and Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) libraries

Medically qualified staff and medical students may find it useful to join the BMA and the RSM. Membership includes use of the respective libraries for reference purposes and BMA membership also includes weekly receipt of the British Medical Journal.

Further information on the libraries and membership can be found on the relevant websites.

The British Library

The British Library provides access to the largest collection of biomedical and scientific journals in London. Their catalogue is available to search online.

Anyone is eligible to apply directly to the British Library for a reader's pass. A Reader Pass is issued subject to your need to see specific items in the collections. You will need to provide two forms of ID. It is recommended that you read the British Library's registration pages before going there to ensure that you have the necessary document(s) with you.

Other health libraries in London

Royal College of Nursing

The UK RCN Library allows access to its members. Members of the public may also purchase a day ticket for access. Student nurses are able to join the RCN for a discount fee during their studentship.

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The LSHTM Library allows access to non-LSHTM staff and students by appointment only. Please check their library catalogue to ensure they have the resources you require before contacting the library to make an appointment.

Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine

The Wellcome Library is open to the public and you do not have to make an appointment to visit. If you wish to join the library, you must take proof of your home address with you when you visit and complete a registration form.

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University of Westminster library

All UCL staff and students are eligible for reference access to the University of Westminster Library. Please remember to bring a current UCL photoID to gain access. Further details are available from the University of Westmister library webpages.

SCONUL Access Scheme

UCL Staff and students may be eligible to apply for membership of libraries outside London as part of the SCONUL Access Band A scheme or the Sconul Vacation Access scheme.

SCONUL Access Band A Access Scheme

The SCONUL Access Band A scheme is available to UCL staff and Ph.D./Mphil students. Such people wishing to use the scheme should visit their local UCL library to complete a registration form and to pick up their SCONUL Access Band A card. The SCONUL Access Band A card and the UCL ID card are then taken to the institution you wish to visit to gain preferential access there. Please consult the homepage of the library you wish to visit to check any local special conditions before departure. Further information can be found on the Sconul home page. Please note that the SCONUL Access Band A scheme does not apply to Undergraduate or Taught Postgraduate level students.

SCONUL Vacation Access Scheme

The Sconul vacation access scheme is available to all UCL Undergraduates and Taught Postgraduates. It allows for reference only access to participating institutions during their vacation periods. To qualify for such access, UCL students need to take full, valid UCL ID to the institution they wish to visit during the institution's vacation period. Please check the homepage of the library you wish to visit to check any local special conditions before departure. Further information can be found on the Sconul web page.

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Other academic libraries

Undergraduate and taught postgraduate students will normally be granted access to other university libraries for reference purposes only during vacations. Staff of the Medical School, research postgraduates and staff of the Trust should check with the institution they wish to visit. Most will allow access for reference only if you have a genuine academic need to consult their collections. In all cases you are advised to confirm your eligibility with the library that you are intending to visit before travelling.

Other libraries

There are a large number of other libraries that members of the Medical Library may wish to use, such as the libraries of government departments, registered charities and research centres. There are no fixed rules about access to such libraries and you are advised to consult the information on the relevant institution's web page in the first instance. This will generally provide at least contact information but also possibly an admissions policy. You will then need to apply to the librarian of the institution for permission to visit the library.

The UCL Library Services web pages provide an extensive listing of links to libraries throughout the UK and the rest of the world.

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