Library and information services

Our helpful library and information services team is here to help you find the information you need for your research or CPD, or to stay up-to-date with clinical matters. They even do the reading for you, and provide helpful member briefings on the topics that matter to your profession.

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Visiting the library

The College library is open to members from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm and there's access to wi-fi and free tea and coffee. Please contact us in advance if you need to ensure that a member of library staff will be available during your visit: 

Phone: 020 7766 4352

We're situated on the ground floor of the College at 42 Craven St, London WC2N 5NG. 

Library catalogue

Our library catalogue is packed with books, journals, CD ROMS and lots more - all available free of charge to our members.

Journals collection

Use your OpenAthens password to access a range of optometric journals.


College members and pre-registration students have free access to an expanding collection of online versions of optometry textbooks.

Databases and reports

A list of online databases for you to use in your research.

OpenAthens passwords

Our OpenAthens account provides our members with free online access to the leading international eye care journals - saving them thousands of pounds in subscription fees.

British Standards Online

Login to get your free access to the British Standards Online (BSOL) database - a quick and easy way to check that your sunglasses, contact lenses and other eyewear meet the right standards.

Book swap

If you’re looking for some reasonably priced, pre-loved reference books for your studies, or have some books that you no longer need, why not use our book swap service?

Image collections

We have a growing collection of photos for members to use - and are happy to provide advice and support on sourcing and utilising appropriate images.

Dissertations and literature reviews

Writing a dissertation? Carrying out a literature review? We're here to help with sources, resources, training and support.

Frequently asked questions

All the information you need to know about borrowing, renewing loans, fines, photocopying and more.

Topic updates - enewsletter

Get your quarterly summary of the latest research, news and resources in a particular area of interest.

Library photocopy request form

We can copy journal articles, research reports, sections of books and other publications and email you a PDF or pop a photocopy in the post. Simply fill in our simple request form.


I’m working towards an MSc in Clinical Optometry and have found the library to be invaluable for help with the course reading list.  Articles can be emailed to me and books are delivered to my practice or made available to read online. The library is also really useful for reading up on topics like glaucoma – helping me to stay up-to-date with all the latest developments.

Brona Jarvis MCOptom