St George’s Library in Numbers: 2018

2018 was a year of change for St George’s Library. We introduced a new library management system, which underpins the circulation of library items. In the summer, we upgraded Hunter’s interface for a more intuitive search tool. Alongside these changes, we introduced automatic renewals and additional loans. This means our users can now borrow more books for longer.

As well as improving access to resources, we continued to offer support to our users. Our new Subject Library Guides provide targeted online support to students and our refreshed information skills training sessions offer face-to-face workshops on a range of topics. Our institutional open access and research data repositories have continued to expand.

It’s not just the library staff who were busy in 2018. Our users made great use of the library: there was more footfall in the library, searches in Hunter and downloads of e-resources than in 2017. The info-graphic below shows some stats from the library in 2018. Click on the link underneath to download the PDF.


We developed our collection throughout the past year. We purchased 2246 new books which were added to the library shelves. After a successful trial of JOVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) we added this resource to our subscribed databases. Library members ran 353,069 Hunter searches 2018 – that’s 29, 422* searches every single week! Well over half a million journal articles were downloaded, 691,858 to be precise, and 26,784 books were borrowed.


Footfall was high last year and 45,000* of you visited the library every month. Over 1000 new students attended library inductions at the start of the year and many more students attended further library sessions throughout the year. The NHS Liaison team conducted 88 Cares searches to support clinical activity and decision making.


St George’s Data Repository, powered by figshare, was launched in 2017. Last year, it gained 24 new public deposits and had 661* monthly views. St George’s Online Research Archive (SORA) had 2325* downloads per month and 2980 full-text items publicly available.

We’ve enjoyed looking back on 2018 but we’re also excited for what 2019 will bring. It’s not even mid-way through January and already we’ve seen the arrival of new self-service machines. These machines will make it easier to borrow multiple items – simply stack your books on top of each other and they will all be issued. As we increased the number of items that you could borrow last year, this new feature should come in handy!

*approximate average based on 2018 figures


Extended Library opening hours from 2nd November 2015

In response to student demand, the Library is delighted to announce that opening hours will be extended.

From Monday 2 November 2015 the Library will be open as follows:

Mon-Fri 8am-6am
Sat/Sun 9am-9pm

Please check our website for bank holiday opening times and periods of closure (over Christmas, for example).

The Computer Rooms beside the Library will remain open 24/7.

We look forward to receiving any feedback you may have about our opening hours, or any other Library matter. Do contact us at: or follow us on Twitter.

New at St George’s Library for 2015/16

A warm welcome to the new year here at St George’s. September is always a busy month for us in the Library as we welcome over a thousand new and returning students to a new academic year, but having said that we have been pretty busy over the summer too – here are the highlights of what we have been up to…

We have been working hard to improve access to computing facilities, so you will find:
IT clinic Monday and Wednesday 11am-2pm, MS Office Drop-in Monday and Friday 11am-1pm–    30 new high specification laptops are available now for use in the Library, replacing the small netbooks
–    The main Computer Room has been refurbished and re-jigged to accommodate an additional 10 new PCs
–    Work has also been carried out to improve WiFi coverage in your Lecture Theatres
–    And if you need any help, face-to-face IT and Microsoft Office support  drop-in sessions take place in the Library Foyer.

IT Clinic: Monday and Wednesday  11am – 2pm
Microsoft Office support: Monday and Friday 11am – 1pm.

Access Acland'sAfter the trial of three key visual anatomy resources last year Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy proved the most popular and we are pleased to say we have now purchased this resource, read our blog post for more information. make life that little bit easier we’ve put together a new online guide Library essentials to give you all the essential information about the Library in one place, from opening hours to connecting to the WiFi, and where to get help when you need it.

And when it’s time for those first assignments don’t forget Library StART (St George’s Assessment Resources Toolkit) is there to help you identify, find, access and evaluate the information you need to support your work.

Image of library tote bag with books inside. Yours for £3Also new for this year are tote bags honouring the Library’s most eminent resident, Blossom the cow. Get yours for £3 from the Helpdesk, or enter our Freshers’ Fayre competitions – Spot the Bull and Social Media Prize Draw – for the chance to win one. Look out for our stand at the Freshers’ Fayre on Monday 21st September.

We’ve also created a Library Services Alert page to update you on any disruptions to Library Services.

Our work won’t stop here, so watch this space for more information about upcoming improvements, events, and resource features – and if you have any suggestions or would like to give us some feedback on how we are doing then there are lots of ways to get in touch:
Visit the Library HelpdeskEmail Facebook SGUL LibraryTwitter @SGULLibrary

Book selections: Careers and professional development

All of the following books are in the library collection. For more details on each title click on the image to go through to the library catalogue.

Books with generalist advice on interview performance and how to write a CV:

Job interview success:  be your own coach: HF5383 ROGBrilliant CV what employers want to see and how to write itPreparing the perfect CV: how to make a great impression and get the job you want: HF5383 CORBrilliant interview: what employers want to hear and how to say it: HF5383 JAY

Books on the Medical Interview and how to prepare a Medical CV:

Preparing the perfect medical CV  how to succeed in your chosen field: HF5383 DOUHow to succeed at the medical interview: W21 SMIMedical interviews  a comprehensive guide to CT, ST & registrar interview skills  over 120 medical interview questions, techniques and NHS topics explained: W21 PICGet through postgraduate medical interviews: W21 SRI

And some titles providing guidance on medical career pathways:

Royal Society of Medicine career handbook  FY1-ST2: W20 THIHow to get a specialty training post  the insider's guide: W21 LIMAn insider's guide to the medical specialties: W21 RECRoyal Society of Medicine career handbook. ST3 - Senior doctor: W21 SRI

The year 2013 in numbers

After our round  up of the events that happened for the Library in 2013, we thought it would be good to kick off the New Year by having a look at what we have  accomplished in numbers during 2013


Students seen in first year inductions


CARES (literature searches) run by the Library


CPD students who have received training


People trained by our IT Trainer


Questions answered at the Research Enquiries Desk. (This does not include telling people where the buttons for the doors are).


Searches ran in Hunter since its launch (May to Dec)


Trolleys of books shelved


Books and e-books purchased


Print books borrowed


The number of biscuits eaten by Library staff.
Bunny Biscuits

We’re looking forward to what 2014 may bring…

A round up of 2013

We’ve almost reached the end of the year, here’s a quick recap of the things that St George’s Library have been up to.

March: Red Nose Day

staff dressed up for red nose day
All the fine money paid on Friday 15 March went to charity, raising over £500 in the process.

April: Launch of Hunter

Link to hunter search

Hunter became the place to start your searches of Library resources, but more importantly 300 lucky people managed to grab one of our super limited edition orange highlighters.

hunter highlighters stone henge

May: NHS Open Day

NHS Open Day

We held an open day for hospital and community staff to learn more about our library services for the NHS. Jane Moore, NICE Implementation Manager for London, also gave free lunch time talks about NICE resources.

July: New mini laptops available

laptops in trolley

We bought thirty shiny new mini laptops for you to use in the Library space.

July:  Blossom returns

blossom the cow returns

After three years away, the Library is once more graced with Blossom’s lovely visage. Jenner’s famous cow returned on 31 July, she now takes pride of place in the Library.

September: Freshers’ Fayre

Freshers' Fayre

We were around the corner from the infamous Nando’s stall.

October: Community Open Day

pciture of human library desk

Library staff had fun helping out with the Human Library event.

November: Children in Need

Pudsey hangin onto the Helpdesk logo

We held our second fundraising event on Friday 15 November. Library fines were donated to Children in Need, raising over £300.

December: Research Day

staff stall on research day

Library staff were on hand to answer questions about how we support researchers at the Research Day event.

In December we also had a wonderful Christmas cake to eat 🙂

Christmas Cake!