The College Library

Due to current public health concerns the College library has been temporarily closed, however, a number of online services are available to members.

The library catalogue 

Log on to the library catalogue to browse the library collection, search for online resources, and access e-books using your OpenAthens account. Members can request an OpenAthens user name and password by emailing library@college-optometrists.org.

Using the library 

Practising members may borrow up to four items and students and pre- registration trainees can borrow two items at a time, for a period of 28 days. 

Loans are automatically renewed, four times, as long as they haven’t been reserved by another member. 

If we don’t have the item that you are looking for, email library@college-optometrists.org  and we will try and find it for you. We can also try the British Library. They charge £8 for a digital copy of an article and £13.00 for a book loan.

Library services

The library also offers the following services for members: 

Photocopying 

We can copy journal articles, research reports, sections of books and other publications from our library collection, and send them to you by or email or in the post. Simply fill in our simple request form:

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Literature search services

Members engaging in practice-based research, or anybody doing research that is not part of a degree course, can ask the Library & Information Services Manager to carry out a literature search on their behalf. 

We can also provide training on how to devise a search strategy, and how to search relevant databases and websites for literature on your chosen topic. We can do this in person, over the phone or via the internet. Contact the library to book an appointment.

Contact library@college-optometrists.org or phone 020 7766 4352.

The library at Craven St TEMPORARILY CLOSED.

The library is located within the College building at 42 Craven St London WC2N 5NG.  Telephone – 020 7766 4352, email library@college-optometrists.org. Opening hours are Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm. 

You can visit the library in person or search our catalogue online.