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Library and information service

The library and information service supports the academic and clinical work of The Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

The library on the Sutton site is open to visitors, and borrowing rights are granted to visitors from academic institutions that are a member of the SCONUL Access Scheme.


Users of the library may access our journals and databases from anywhere by following the steps below:

  • Go to
  • If outside the ICR network, you will be prompted to enter your ICR username and password
  • Users without an ICR account should enter their dedicated EZproxy credentials
  • Follow the links to use the library resources.

Please contact the library if you do not have an EZproxy account.


The book catalogue can be searched online at Books may be requested or renewed in the following ways:

  • On the book catalogue – your reader code is the six digit number on your library card and your PIN is the last 4 digits
  • By phone or email – see contact details section below
  • In person at the Sutton library.

Library theses office

View information on doctoral thesis submission (PDF).

Open access

The Library can provide advice and, in some cases, funding to support ICR authors of journal papers to publish their articles in an open access format. Further information can be obtained by contacting [email protected].

Contact details


Sir John Beckwith Library,
Brookes Lawley Building,
15 Cotswold Road,

Staffed: 9am – 5pm, Monday – Friday
Phone: 020 8722 4430
Fax: 020 8722 4323
Email: [email protected]


Chester Beatty Labs,
237 Fulham Road,

Staffed: No fixed hours
Phone: 020 8722 4430
Email: [email protected]

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