24 May 2016

Bank holiday opening - Monday 30th May 2016

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library will be open 09.00-18.00 on the bank holiday on Monday 30th May 2016.

16 May 2016

Clinical Knowledge Resources Library Open Day - Monday 23 May 2016

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library is hosting a Clinical Knowledge Resources Library Open Day on Monday 23 May 2016, from 11.30am-2.30pm.

The free event is a showcase of clinical knowledge resources and services supporting clinical staff.

Find out more about the clinical knowledge resources and support provided by library services at the Royal Free London:
  • Come along and try out our clinical knowledge resources
  • Representatives will be available to answer your questions about BMJ Clinical Evidence, ClinicalKey, DynaMed and UpToDate
  • Find out about the clinical mobile apps available to you with an NHS OpenAthens account
A sandwich lunch and refreshments will be available from 11:30am. Presentations commence at 12 noon.


  • 11:30 - Refreshments and Clinical Knowledge Resources taster session:
    Have a go at using a range of clinical knowledge resources available at the Royal Free London. Representatives from our suppliers (BMJ Clinical Evidence, ClinicalKey, DynaMed, UpToDate) will be available to answer your questions.
  • 12:00 - Welcome and Introduction to the day
    Presentations from our representatives:

    12:15 - BMJ Clinical Evidence
    12:45 - ClinicalKey
    13:15 - DynaMed
    13:45 - UpToDate
  • 14:15 Literature search and updates services to support clinical practice
    Find out more about the Library’s literature search and evidence updates service (Clinical Effectiveness Enquiry Service: CEES). 
For more information contact: info.skills@ucl.ac.uk

03 May 2016

Royal Free Hospital Medical Library runs competition to save the planet!

We asked the question – and you came back with some excellent answers.

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library ran a competition to get staff and readers thinking about how we can be more environmentally friendly and live more sustainably. Here are some of the entries, and hopefully you will agree that they provide plenty of food for thought.
"Litter can be taken away – reduces waste/workload
If a user sees a PC not turned off properly – do it"
“Scrap paper from the printer or other places where people don’t use the whole sheet, should be put in a pile for people to use for scrap notes etc.”
“Try to reduce the amount of meat you eat.  Livestock requires far greater energy input that vegetables to produce and there are the issues of H2O use and antibiotic use."
“Being more aware of the food we buy and where it comes from – trying to buy local produce that hasn’t been flown across the world!”
“Use ink saving technology to cut down on the quantity of ink used in printing, e.g.: http://getdimples.com/. Grow herbs in a window box instead of buying fresh herbs in plastic from the supermarket. Buy vegetables and fruit loose from your local grocer, to avoid supermarket packaging.
If you are a meat eater, try to go vegetarian for three or four days per week, and use the money saved to buy better quality, more ethically sourced meat to have on the other days.” 
“Not having children
Not driving a car
Not taking a flight!"
“If everyone votes for the Green Party at future elections, they will bring in many new green policies, e.g. cheap solar panels for all.”

“Since the changes in rules and regulations that saw food and drink allowed in the Main Library, the space feels like it’s inundated with litter, whether scattered around desks and rooms, or spilling out of bins.

And with all the franchises on campus, there seems to be an accepted culture of mass consumption and disposable, over-complicated packaging. This has also meant that cleaning staff are dealing with a lot more mess and refuse, but with no financial incentive or recognition.

I think we would do well to take control of things rather than passively accept this decidedly unecological state of affairs. For starters, my suggestion would be to source and sell reusable coffee cups – or freely distribute them as part of welcome packs – and insist that only hot drinks in these cups are allowed through the library gates. All the franchises on campus should be prepared to serve students their drinks in these containers.

In my own personal utopia they’d also be making or transporting their food in reusable lunch boxes too, but probably best to gradually encourage more responsible behaviours.”

“I’ve seen these reusable, but cheap, coffee mugs, I wonder whether we could get sponsorship from any recycling group / UCL / NHS / UCL providers – and make them available to Library users, either free if we get full sponsorship, or at a discount if we don’t. Apparently Starbucks will now give a discount if you bring your own mug, perhaps M&S and Costa will follow their lead….”
“AC/heating systems based on demand response – the more people in library, the more energy can be directed to systems.  Also better temperature insulation – keeping windows closed – automatic operated windows.  Also increase the use of LED lighting.”
"Some suggested websites for greener shopping:
  • Method (Cleaning products) 
  • Auro (Paints and finishes) 

The competition was judged externally by environmental experts from WRAP (The Waste and Resources Action Programme) and the winning entry was…
“In the winter, use a heavy duvet and a hot water bottle at night instead of leaving the heating on all night – it will save energy and you will sleep better!”


26 April 2016

Royal Free Hospital Medical Library - bank holiday opening

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library will be open on bank holiday Monday 2 May 2016, from 9.00am to 6.00pm.

11 April 2016

Interruptions to Library Services systems, Monday 11th - Wednesday 13th April

The library management system and some aspects of the Explore service will be unavailable between Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th April because of essential system maintenance. The self-service machine will be unavailable -  staff at our Issue/Enquiry point will be available to issue and accept returns and provide assistance during this time. No items will be due during this period and fines will not be charged. It will also not be possible to borrow and return laptops during this time. Find out more.

24 March 2016

Sunday opening at the Royal Free Hospital Medical Library

The Royal Free Hospital Medical Library will have extended opening hours to include Sundays, from April until the end of July 2016.

Starting Sunday 3 April 2016 the library will be operating the following opening hours, to the end of July 2016:

Monday-Friday 09:00-22:00
Saturday 09:00-17:00
Sunday 11:00-17:00

17 March 2016

Angela Young profiled in 'Women at UCL: Presence and Absence' exhibition

We are delighted to announce that Angela Young, Information Skills Trainer at the Royal Free Hospital Medical Library, was nominated and selected to be featured in the exhibition Women at UCL: Presence and Absence, to mark International Women’s Day 2016.

Nominations were invited from UCL staff and students for women at UCL who have inspired or encouraged them, or made them think differently about their work and study. Angela was nominated by colleagues who have been inspired by her innovative approach to designing and delivering information skills training, including leading innovation sharing events across UCL Library Services, by the passion she has for her work, the support and mentoring she provides to staff members and by her demonstration that it is possible to have both a successful career and a family life by working flexibly to achieve her goals.

The exhibition, which was opened by the Provost on March 9th, features 24 inspiring UCL women who were selected from around 200 nominations. It also features material from the UCL Archives exploring women’s presence and absence from UCL. The exhibition runs in the North Cloisters until the end of March. See UCL Women: Presence and Absence.