Library open 24 hours from 3 October 2016

From 1 August to 2 October  our opening hours are

8am – 11pm (Monday – Friday)
9am – 9pm (Saturday/Sunday)

Open 24 hours from 3 October 2016

We are happy to announce that from 3 October to 31 July 2017 we will be open

24 hours from 8am on Mondays to 9pm on Saturdays.

Sunday opening hours are  9am – 9pm


If you wish to contact us please email:

Information Skills Training Sessions Jul – Sept 2016

The Library offers a range of free training sessions to meet your needs, from how to use databases to find the resources you need, preparing you for a systematic review, to helping you create a professional social media presence.

Dates are below, see our information skills training page for full details. Please contact to book.

Personalized training
If you cannot make any of the times, we are happy to arrange sessions for either individual or larger groups depending on your needs. To organize a bespoke session please email us at

Finding the evidence: databases and search skills

Evidence based healthcare resources
Thursday 28 Jul 10.30 -12pm
Tuesday 23 Aug 3-4.30pm
Wednesday 21 Sept 3.30-5pm

You can also email to arrange the following sessions:

  • Searching databases using Ebscohost
  • Searching databases using OvidSP
  • Searching NHS databases

Managing information and critical appraisal

Introduction to critical appraisal
Thursday 25 Aug 10.30-12pm
Wednesday 14 Sept 3-4.30pm

Keeping up to date
Thursday 19 Jul 11am-12.30pm

Systematic Reviews – Finding and managing the evidence
Thursday 26 July 1-4pm
Tuesday 30 Aug 1-4pm
Thursday 29 Sept 10am-1pm

*New *  Getting started with Twitter
Monday 15 Aug 12-1.30pm

You can also email to arrange the following sessions:

  • Citation metrics – an overview
  • Refworks

Library inductions

Introduction to St. George’s Library and health information for NHS staff
Wednesday 10 Aug 10am
Wednesday 7 Sept 10am

Resources you can access offsite

If you cannot make it in to St George’s Library over the summer, there are still many resources that you can access from a computer with internet access (logins may be required).

You can:

These resources are available to you all through the year.

Last year we also ran a ‘Summer Sites’ series  featuring interesting Libraries and Institutions that are linked with medicine or healthcare studies and research which you can visit. They may have useful study resources, fascinating museum displays or be housed in historic buildings. Included in the posts were details of nearby sights and attractions and we will suggest places where you can get a good snack, meal or cup of coffee to fuel your day*. We hope these will encourage you to go out and enjoy London this summer too.

*some details may be out of date, please always check details with the library or institution you intend to visit. Where available we have provide contact details and website URLs.

Milk Matters by Maureen Minchin donated to St George’s Library

On the 13th June 2016, Maureen Minchin, medical historian, health educator, and author of Breastfeeding matters: what we need to know about infant feeding, spoke at St George’s to  dieticians, health visitors, public health, GPs, researchers, IBCLCs (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants), midwives about the science and history of infant feeding. The room was packed and people were enthralled with her delivery of research and evidence showing the inter-generational impact of infant feeding practices. She spoke of the necessity of breast milk for normal human development and how breast milk is the bridge from womb to world. Maureen and the GP infant feeding network (GPIFN) kindly donated a signed copy of her latest book  Milk Matters: infant feeding and immune disorder to St George’s Library.

The two books are available in the Library catalogue, follow the above links to check for availability. Books on breastfeeding are available at call number (shelf mark WS125 in the Library.)


System upgrade – impact on service

From 5pm on Tuesday 5 July to 12pm on Wednesday 6 July, services in the Library will be reduced whilst we carry out an essential upgrade.
During the upgrade the following services will be unavailable:
  • library catalogue (which includes searching for books, checking your record, and inter-library loan requests)
  • book renewals
  •  self-service machines
  • payment of fines
We apologise for any inconvenience that this reduction in service may cause.
You may find the following questions and answers useful:
Can I borrow books during this period?
You will be able to borrow books at the Helpdesk during the staffed hours of 5-6pm (Tuesday) and 8am-12pm (Wednesday) only.
Can I return books during this period?
Books can be returned through the book return slot beside the disabled toilet outside the Library.
Will fines be charged?
No fines will be applied to your account on these two days.
How will I find a book on the shelf?
You will be able to search for books using Hunter, but this will only show the location, e.g. WH100 MOO. You will need to check the shelves for availability.


Library ♥ Wellbeing

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Tying in with 10 Days of Wellbeing programme (SGUL login required) run by St George’s Staff Development team, we are running a book swap in the library foyer from  Monday 20 June to Friday 1 July, to promote reading for relaxation and pleasure, as well introducing a new collection of books.

Book Swap in the library foyer from 20 June – 1st July

From 20 June – 1 July, we’ll be putting out a trolley of fiction books in library for you to enjoy.  St George’s staff and student are free to pick a book to read (initial collection kindly donated by Library staff)  and to drop off a book on the trolley for sharing with others.

Mood-boosting books – available from 20 June

We have also added a brand new collection of mood-boosting books for our users. This collection includes poetry, novels, essays and more, picked  from a list suggested by the Reading Agency. Keep an eye out for the display in the Library, the mood-boosting books collection will be available for borrowing from 20 June 2016.

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Some of the items in our new mood-boosting books collection

What books do you read for rest and relaxation? If you’re on Twitter, use #sgulwellbeing to let us know on Twitter . If you enjoyed a book from the book trolley we’d love to hear your comments.