St George’s Library Christmas Closure Dates

The Library will be closing for the Christmas break at 5pm on Friday 22 December and will reopen at 8am on Tuesday 2 January.

The Computer Rooms next to the Library will be open 24/7 during this period but access to the building will require a valid ID card.

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Gruesome and Ghostly: Tales from St George’s Archives


To mark Halloween, our archivist Carly Manson, held two historical tours involving gruesome artefacts from our Archives and Special Collections.  Amongst the artefacts on display were a cloth used to wrap the dead body of King George II, and records relating to a scandal that provoked Charles Dickens to condemn post-mortem practices as “shocking”.

The history of each object on display was shared by the archivist, and the audience encouraged to ask questions. It was fantastic to learn about these fascinating artefacts and to see so many interested people in the audience.

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The artefacts from the events are also featured in this week’s Times Higher Education, in their article ‘The spooky secrets of London’s oldest medical school’:


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Gruesome and Ghostly: Tales from St George’s Archives


Come along to a spooky special event with exhibits from the archive. Archivist Carly Manson will delve into St George’s weird and wicked past in two afternoon sessions on Halloween. Expect tales of body snatching and ghosts that haunt St George’s, letters and lectures from the past with bloody intent, and images showing the fascinating history of St George’s.

Halloween Tuesday 31st of October – 2 sessions available

First session: 1.30pm – 2.15pm

Second session: 2.45pm – 3.30pm

Students and staff of St George’s University of London and St George’s Hospital are welcome to attend this free event. To book your place, or for more information, email

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Hot off the press: My Name is Leon by Kit De Waal

Pick up your own free copy of My Name is Leon today!

This special edition is published as part of the KU Big Read and includes comments about last year’s Big Read and discussion prompts to help you join in the conversation.

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New students starting at Kingston University London this year will receive a copy over the summer, including FHSCE students studying at the joint faculty of Kingston and St George’s, to welcome them to University life. Current students and staff can grab the book for themselves from the library helpdesk at St George’s.

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You can read our staff and student reviews of all of the shortlisted Big Read titles, including Senior Lecturer Joanne Powell’s review of My Name is Leon, by clicking on The Big Read tag.

Author visit to St George’s

Kit De Waal’s first novel has become an award winning best seller and was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa First Novel Award. Lenny Henry, after narrating an audiobook version, has optioned the book for TV, so we’re sure there will be big and exciting things still to come for this wonderful book.

Speaking of exciting news soon to come – Kit De Waal will be visiting St George’s in October. It will be a great opportunity to hear her speak about her book and maybe even get your own copy signed!

Further details will be annouced on the KU Big Read website, or watch this space…

Lunchtime book club

There will be a one-off lunchtime book club in August for staff to discuss the themes in My Name is Leon. Please contact St George’s Library if you’re interested in joining.

Join the discussion. Tell us what you thought of My Name is Leon, or what your favourite Big Read shortlisted book is. Come by the library to borrow a copy.

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Online resources that you can access offsite

If you’re not near St George’s over the summer, there are still many resources that you can access from a computer with internet access (logins may be required).

You can:

  • Find journal articles and e-books using Hunter
  • Or search for articles by on specific databases (Medline, CINAHL, PsycINFO, PEDro etc)
  • Browse the Mobile Resources Blog to see what apps might be useful to you.
  • Get advice and guidance on using our resources, from our website Help page.
  • Log in to your library account to renew* books. Books/items can be renewed up to 10 times provided a hold isn’t put on it.

These resources are available to you all through the year.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy now available to NHS staff via OpenAthens

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy is popular with practicing surgeons and physicians as an accessible source of anatomical information featuring simple language and realistic, 3D visuals. This resource can be used as an adjunct to dissection and for reviewing learning, or to re-learn clinically relevant anatomical structures. It is also a good resource for allied health practitioners who don’t have access to dissection facilities, as the Video Atlas provides an appreciation of the real human body and a direct understanding of the mechanics of body movement.

The videos are organised in 5 volumes: the upper extremity, the lower extremity, the trunk, the head and neck, and the internal organs. Exams are available for each volume so you can test your learning. To access the exams and save videos to your favourites you will need to register for a personal account.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy can be accessed offsite or on your mobile or tablet if you sign in with your OpenAthens account.  To do this, select Sign in via: OpenAthens on the Acland’s homepage and then choose: ‘OpenAthens Federation’ from the Federation menu and ‘St George’s Hospital NHS Trust’ from the Institution menu, click select and enter your OpenAthens username and password when prompted.

Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy can be accessed via the Library’s Databases page.

NHS library user? Have your say about library services and enter a prize draw

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We would be most appreciative if you could spare 10 – 15 minutes to complete the NHS Library Services survey online using the link below

This biennial survey of NHS staff is conducted collaboratively with NHS libraries in South London and gives you an opportunity to feedback on various aspects of Library Services. The results are used to inform the development of services and to help us understand how we are doing.

As a result of the last survey we’ve increased our NHS off-site  journal provision by close to 1000 additional titles and provided access to more e-resources such as DynaMed, so we do take note of your comments and suggestions.

Prizes are available from our suppliers the BMJ, Blackwell’s, Wiley, HSJ and Elsevier. These include:

  • £50 Amazon Voucher (from the BMJ)
  • £30 voucher (from Blackwells)
  • £50 love2shop voucher (from the HSJ)
  • £50 Amazon Voucher (from Elsevier)
  • 2 print copies of Wiley’s Marsden Manual 9th Edition

Be sure to complete the survey  by 7th May and leave us your contact details to be included in the prize draw.