St George’s University of London Library

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St George’s University of London Library

St George’s University of London Library

Students requiring a SGUL ID card should visit the Student Centre on arrival, and the Student Centre staff will be happy to arrange this. Please bring your home-institution’s ID card with you. The Student Centre is located on the right immediately inside the SGUL entrance from Cranmer Terrace.ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY IS RESTRICTED AT WEEKENDS

Since St George’s, University of London, is attached to an NHS Trust, security is a priority, and hence if you wish to visit the SGUL site you are asked to obtain a SGUL ID card and wear it at all times while you’re on site.

St George’s, University of London, has a long and rich history, dating back more than 250 years.

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Archives overview

The Archives and Special Collections is home to records which document the history, functions and development of both St George’s Hospital and the medical school. The collection also contains a rich selection of artefacts, artworks and rare books ranging from the 16th-21st century.

The Archives and Special Collections at St George’s include, but are not limited to the following:


Medical school records

The Archive holds records which chart the development of the medical school from the very beginning. Records include maps and plans, student registers, school publications such as yearbooks, annual reports and prospectuses.

Minute books exist for a number of committees and bodies associated with St George’s hospital and the medical school. See our minute books research guide [PDF] for an overview of the volumes held and for a listing of the Medical School Committee Minute Books, dating from 1862-1945.

The Archive also holds a number of record cards of medical students and student nurses from the early 1900s onwards, often providing details of their training and examinations.


Photograph showing plan for the ground floor of the new St George’s Hospital Medical School at Hyde Park Corner, c.1868



St George’s Archive holds a large collection of photographic material depicting events and ceremonies, buildings, students, medical staff, nurses and other individuals. Photographs relate to the former St George’s Hospital Group sites including:

  • St George’s Hospital, Hyde Park Corner
  • Grove Fever Hospital, Tooting
  • Bolingbroke Hospital, Wandsworth Common
  • St James’ Hospital, Balham
  • Victoria Hospital for Children, Chelsea
  • Atkinson Morley Hospital, Wimbledon
  • Tooting Bec Hospital, Tooting
  • South London Hospital for Women and Children, Clapham
  • Weir Maternity Hospital



Photograph showing the hide of Blossom the cow, used in Edward Jenner’s cowpox experiment, mounted on the wall in the Robert Barnes Pathology Laboratory at St George’s Hospital, c. 1907


Post-mortem records

St George’s Archive looks after a fascinating collection of post-mortem examinations and case books, dating continuously from 1841 to 1946. Please see our post-mortem and casebooks research guide [PDF] for further information relating to these records.


Rare books

There are a number of books which came from the original Medical School library at Hyde Park Corner in central London. The oldest book identified in the collection is written in Latin and dates back to the 16th century.



The Archive is home to a number of artefacts collected by the hospital and medical school over the years. This collection includes surgical instruments, medals, badges, and other fascinating items.


Photograph showing a ‘Support a Bed’ collecting box, raising money for St George’s Hospital, 1936


Artworks and busts

The Archive has a growing collection of artworks, and busts of individuals associated with the hospital and medical school.


Materials held elsewhere

Please note that the majority of records relating to hospitals in, or affiliated to, the St George’s Hospital Group are held at the London Metropolitan Archives in Clerkenwell. Related collections are also held at the Royal College of Surgeons.



A project is currently under way to organise and develop the Archives to make them more accessible to researchers in the future.If you have an enquiry about information we might hold, or would like to consult items in our Archives, please contact Please note that access to the Archive is by appointment only. Some archival items may have closure periods or be unfit for access for preservation reasons.

Gifts and donations

If you would like to discuss a possible donation to the Archive, please contact the Archivist, Carly Manson at

24 hour access to computing and printing facilities are available to users with a valid ID/Library card

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There are over 100 PCs in the three computer rooms on Level 1 of Hunter Wing. These rooms are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are located next to the Library. They can be accessed via the glass door in the lift lobby of Level 1 Hunter Wing. You will need a valid ID/ Library card to gain access.

The large computer room is available at all times. H1.8 and H1.9 are available when not booked for teaching. Please check the plasma screen outside H1.8 for information.

You can get real-time updates of PC availability from:


Computer access

To use the computers you will need a SGUL username and password. More details on who is entitled to access and how to obtain a SGUL login on the ‘Access to Computers’ page


The following software can be found on all machines:

  • Windows 7
  • Microsoft Office 2013 Professional Plus (includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher)
  • Internet access using Firefox (Version 34) or Internet Explorer (Version 11)
  • SPSS 21
  • Write-N-Cite (Version 4)
  • Inspiration 8 IE
  • Staden Package
  • EMBOSSwin


Printing and Photocopying

There are MFDs (multi-functional devices which incorporate printers, photocopiers, and scanners in one) available in the Library and in the computer rooms and you can release your documents on any of these. You must have an SGUL username and password to use the MFDs and have credit on your account to print or photocopy.

For SGUL students:

Your account balance can be checked and topped-up by using:

  1. The cash-loader in the main computer room. This accepts coins and notes but does not give change.

For NHS staff:

There is an NHS printer in the main computer room from which you can print for free if you are logged into one of the four NHS computers. If the paper has run out in the printer, please go to the Library Helpdesk.


Go to our All you need to know about Printing guide to find out about:

  • Printer locations
  • Printing from home and own device
  • Printing from SGUL email account
  • Printing from USB
  • Scanning to USB and email.


Cost of printing

Printing costs can be found on the portal on Central Printing Services FAQs page on the portal. (SGUL password required)


Scan-to-email and scan-to-USB is available on any of the printers in the Library and computer rooms. This will allow you to send your scanned document to your SGUL email address (not available to NHS staff) or save to a memory stick (available to all). This is a free service, ask at the Library Helpdesk if you need help.

Scan to email instructions 2017 – PDF

Scan to USB instructions 2017 – PDF

WiFi access

WiFi connectivity, via the Janet Roaming Service, is available in the Library and the Social Learning Space, just outside of the Library. Please note due to licensing restrictions, WiFi access is only available to university staff and students.  To find out how to access WiFi see our Help page.


Self-service laptops

We have 60 Dell laptops for use in the Library during opening hours. They are self-service and are available from the trolleys, located around the Library. Cables are provided at the helpdesk. Black and white wireless printing is available from the laptops. For further information, please speak to a member of staff at the Library Helpdesk.


Data Points

You can connect laptops, netbooks, or your own device directly to the SGUL network by using the ethernet cables (see image below). These are available in the Silent Study Spaces. Please note that you will still need a valid network login.


We offer a variety of drop-in services onsite for staff and students.

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Research Enquiries Desk

The Research Enquiries Desk is staffed from 11am to 4pm, Monday to Friday during term time and 12-2pm during the summer. These hours are subject to change depending on the time of year and staffing levels so please check in advance by phoning the Library Helpdesk on 020 8725 5466 (Monday-Friday, 8am to 6pm).


Drop in for queries about finding information, accessing resources, and for brief guidance on referencing. Please note that we can only give examples of how to reference; we cannot check your work. For literature searching and learning how to use the databases, please see our training pages or contact your liaison librarian.


Academic Skills Centre (ASC)

The ASC is located just inside the Library and provides an opportunity to access one to one advice and guidance on all draft assignments before they are submitted. It is a drop-in facility; you do not have to make an appointment.

Study Advisers can help with academic skills relating to: grammar, referencing, academic structure, plagiarism, and can assist with the identification and correction of errors. You can bring an assignment at any stage, and can come along if you need help just getting started.

Study Advisers cannot help with the academic content of the assignment and do not offer a proofreading service.  They will work with you to review your work and help you to identify and correct any errors. This collaborative approach provides a valuable opportunity to improve your work and enhance your grade.

Up to date information about the ASC will be posted in the Study+ pages on the VLE  (SGUL login required).


  • Monday, Tuesday and Thursday  12.30 – 2pm
  • Wednesday                              2 – 3.30pm

Drop-in appointments are available during the times above, but opening hours are subject to change.

You can also book an appointment by contacting Dr Rosie MacLachlan (Lecturer in Learning Development)


Microsoft Office Drop-in

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IT support is offered to assist in the use of Microsoft Office 2013 on a drop in basis in the Hunter Wing computer room:

Tuesday and Friday  11am – 1pm


Library Helpdesk

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There is also the helpdesk where you can get help with general library enquiries.

Monday – Friday   8am – 6pm

You can also contact us by phone or e-mail.

IT Clinic

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Aimed at both staff and students, if you need any advice or help with passwords, laptops, mobile devices, WiFI, etc, then pop along to see a member of the IT support team in the main computer room in Hunter Wing.

Monday 11am – 2pm
Wednesday 11am – 2pm

If you have a problem which is more pressing, or wish to make an appointment to see one of the team in person at a time more suited to you, please email and the team will respond as soon as they can.

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Visitors (that are not external members) may have access during staffed hours.

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Unless you are a paying member of the Library and have been given a plastic library access card, the University is otherwise closed to visitors after 6pm, Monday to Friday, and at weekends.

Access outside these times is available to visitors but they must register with the Library Helpdesk between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday, and pay a fee. See table below for charges.

Admission to the Library is at the discretion of the Library Services Manager and subject to the following conditions:

  • Visitors must fill in all parts of the admission form legibly
  • Visitors must show some identification (institutional ID, driving licence or bank card)
  • Visitors must be 18 years old or over
  • Visitors have access to print-based information resources, photocopying facilities and the online Library Catalogue only
  • Use of the photocopier is available to visitors during staffed hours only (8am – 5.30pm)
  • Visitors must observe the Library rules and regulations

Visitors and External members do not have access to the Library’s computing facilities due to licensing restrictions.

Visitor access to St George’s Library

Visitors not covered by external membership schemes may use St George’s Library for reference only on payment of a fee:

1 day £2.00
Friday-Sunday (inclusive)

Please note, users must register on a Friday before 5pm for this type of access

1 week £10.00
1 month £30.00