Royal Free London Library Services


Royal Free London Library Services

Royal Free London Library Services includes the libraries at the Royal Free and Barnet Hospitals, providing services to staff of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and staff and students of UCL.

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library (RFHML) is open to staff and students working and studying at the Royal Free Hospital, between 09:00 - 21:00 Monday - Friday and 10:00 - 18:00 on Saturday. We regret that it may be necessary on occasion to close the RFHML early at 18:00 or on Saturdays. Please visit the UCL Library Services website for daily opening hours.

All study spaces at the RFHML must be booked in advance of use. Spaces can either be booked online at https://library-calendars.ucl.ac.uk/r, or by asking at the enquiry desk on arrival. Depending on availability library staff will book a seat for you.

Please note that the RFHML is open for staff and students based at the Royal Free only. Staff and students based at other campuses should use the other UCL library facilities available - https://www.ucl.ac.uk/library/libraries-and-study-spaces.

In keeping with the rules for the Royal Free Hospital, the wearing of a face-covering is compulsory at all times in the RFHML, without exceptions. Social distancing rules also remain in force in the library space.

Barnet Hospital Library (BHL), is open Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00. Library staff are available to answer basic enquiries at the BHL between 10:00 - 15:00 Tuesday - Thursday.

Please email us at rlibrary@ucl.ac.uk with any questions, or to book an appointment with a member of the library team.


Explore Library resources

Explore (Library catalogue)

Search the Library catalogue online via Explore. Find print collections at the Royal Free Hospital Medical Library.

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Find out more about the electronic and print resources accessible to UCL and NHS users.

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Using the Library

Everything you need to know about using the library services including joining the library and borrowing books.

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Information skills training

Details and booking for our regular training on finding, managing and evaluating information. 


Support for researchers

Services are available to researchers including systematic literature searching and managing research outputs.

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Support for NHS staff

A range of support is available to NHS staff including current awareness and a free literature search service.