Library Services


Royal Free Hospital Medical Library

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library and Barnet Hospital Library provide services to UCL staff and students and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust staff.

Royal Free Hospital


Opening hours

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Address and contact details


The Library is located on the ground floor of the Royal Free Hospital.

Subject coverage and guides

The Medical Library holds information on clinical medicine, medical science, nursing, allied health professions and health.


    The ground floor of the library is fully wheelchair accessible. The mezzanine floor is accessible via the fire exit, please ask a member of staff for assistance.



    The Library is accessible to all UCL photocard holders and all Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust personnel. Information on how NHS staff can join the library, including our online membership application form, can be found on the UCL Library Services membership webpage.

    Information skills training

    Library staff can provide training on a wide range of areas to help you find and use information. We have a regular program of training sessions including database searching, critical appraisal and use of reference management software. We are also able to provide facilitation and support for journal clubs. More information on our training offering is available from our website.

    Books and borrowing

    The main book collection is available on the ground floor, all books can be found on Explore, the library catalogue. For details on borrowing renewing and reserving books, please see our local Borrowing webpage.


    Print journals are available for reference only. Search Explore, the library catalogue, for details of our journal holdings.

    The library also subscribes to a large number of titles in electronic format. Please see our electronic journals webpage for more information.


    Theses are all kept in the UCL Library Services Stores and can be found on Explore, by searching for either the author or the subject. If you wish to consult a thesis you need to place a request using the Stores Service. Theses are for reference only and cannot be borrowed.

    Electronic resources

    UCL staff and students may access UCL electronic databases, books and journals from computers in the library or from any computer with a UCL userid and password.

    Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust staff can search NHS electronic databases, books and journals using the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub, and can access the content with an NHS OpenAthens password.

    An Explore Access Point computer is available on the ground floor, giving registered library users access to electronic journals, databases and elearning resources. Ask at the issue desk if you would like help accessing these resources.

    NHS library members can request an electronic copy of journal articles and book chapters that are otherwise available in-person from a Library Explore Access Point. Please check to see if you already have access to the item through NHS OpenAthens first, before checking the UCL Library holdings using Explore.

    Printing and Photocopying

    There are two Print@UCL multifunctional devices available at the Royal Free Hospital Medical Library, which copy in black and white or colour. UCL staff or students should use their UCL ID card to make copies. There are also two Royal Free London Trust multifunctional devices available for NHS staff.

    IT & Audiovisual Provision

    On the ground floor of the Library are 8 Desktop@UCL PCs and 4 NHS PCs. The Training & Electronic Study Area (TESA) on the first floor contains 42 PCs, accessible to both UCL and NHS users. The E-learning Zone (ELZ) in the basement contains 20 PCs for use by either UCL or NHS users, with priority for users of e-learning packages.

    If you wish to use computers in a quiet area, on the first floor the Quiet Study Area contains 26 Desktop@UCL PCs, and the Quiet Electronic Study Area (QESA) contains 8 NHS PCs.

    Please note that the TESA and ELZ can be closed for training purposes - a weekly diary showing training times is posted on the doors to the rooms. Please see our local IT facilities webpage for more information.

    Inter Library Loans

    Members of the library may apply for items to be borrowed or for copies of articles from other libraries via the Inter Library Loans service. UCL and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust staff and students will be charged £3 per article or per book requested. Urgent items, theses or patent costs vary, please ask at the issue desk for information.