RCP Library

The RCP provides library services to support fellows, members and students to meet their professional development and educational goals.

Closure notice: The building will be closed from Monday 29 July - Friday 30 August for essential building works. However, our online services will still be available and the library team available by email and phone if you need assistance.

RCP member benefits

We offer clinical and CPD material including ejournals, ebooks and databases to support your professional development:

  • Browse our full list of ejournals or search for ebooks on the eLibrary
  • Free access to Trip Pro: an easy-to-use search tool for finding clinical research evidence.
  • Keep up to date with research in your specialty by downloading the Read app Google Play or Apple Store.
  • Request a literature search to save time searching for articles.
  • To supplement our ejournal collection, articles in other journals can be sent to you by email using our document delivery service
  • Complimentary self service tea and coffee is available for our members in the library.

Support for RCP course students

The library provides a range of material on clinical teaching and education theory to support doctors undertaking courses at the RCP. 

A guide to our courses
Members Chatting

Visit the library

Facilities and opening hours

  • Quiet workspace
  • Access to networked PCs, a printer and scanner
  • Free Wi-Fi and charging points for devices
  • Book borrowing
  • Free tea and coffee.

The library is located on the second floor of House 11, St Andrews Place.

We are open Monday to Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm (except for bank holidays).

The library is a multi-purpose space used for studying, research and teaching. The library will be closed to members and fellows on teaching days. Online services will still be available.

The library team can be contacted by phone 0203 075 1490 or email library@rcp.ac.uk Monday to Thursday 9am - 5pm; Friday 9am - 4:30pm.

If you would like to visit the library in person, please check our opening days.

Library opening days
Student Reading In Library 2

RCP eLibrary

We offer access to ejournals, ebooks and databases for members, course students and members of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. Our collection is focused on RCP specialties, clinical teaching, medical leadership, public health, and health policy.

How to access the eLibrary

You will require an OpenAthens account to access the eLibrary. Please contact library@rcp.ac.uk for an account, providing us with a non-NHS email address.

If you've forgotten your login details you can reset your OpenAthens password online.

If you are having problems with your log-in, finding what you are looking for, or accessing an article or other resource, please see our online user guides or call +44 (0)20 3075 1490.

Search eLibrary
Tablets In Use

Literature searching service

Library staff will conduct searches of Medline or Trip pro free of charge for the Faculty for Forensic and Legal Medicine and RCP members, who may place up to three such requests per year.

Please call +44(0)20 2075 1490 to discuss your needs or email library@rcp.ac.uk with a completed copy of the literature search request form.

Please note that the turnaround time will depend on staff availability and the complexity of the search:

Library catalogue
People Using Laptops

Article supply and document delivery

We offer a fast and efficient document delivery service. This is an easy way to gain access to the library’s material, especially if you are unable to visit in person. Members and fellows can also request copies of items from other libraries.

Copies from the RCP library

Copies of journal articles and book chapters from our collections can be emailed or posted to you for the following charges:

Copies of RCP publications that are not available for sale or download:

  • RCP member: free
  • non-RCP member: £7.

Copies of journal articles and book chapters from the RCP library collection:

  • RCP member: free

Copies from other libraries

If you are looking for something that is not held in the RCP’s collection, we can source it for you from the British Library, Royal Society of Medicine, National Library of Medicine (America) or any other UK higher education libraries for the following charges:

  • RCP member, student or FFLM member: £7

More information

Request an article or document
Copy Request 1

Heritage collections

For over five centuries the library and archives have collected and commissioned material to support physicians' learning and document our history, providing a fascinating insight into the world of medicine. These collections are available for members to use for research and to support their studies.

Our Collections

The RCP has had a library since its foundation in 1518. RCP fellows, including William Harvey have donated books over the centuries, so the library reflects the collecting habits of past physicians and the broad education they were expected to have. The subject include medicine, science, law, architecture, travel, cookery, and medical advice for the public

In addition, the archives contain an eclectic range of 14th to 19th century manuscripts including works on astrology, alchemy, religion, travel, medical theory and medical practice. Personal papers of past fellows from the 16th century to the 20th century provide glimpses into the personal lives and social concerns of many distinguished physicians.

The heritage library and archives also contain an ongoing record of the RCP’s activities, from the founding charter of 1518, via 20th century reports on the effects of smoking, to the present. The RCP's role in relation to contemporary medical advances is made clear, with records demonstrating the RCP’s changing role in setting standards in medical practice.

Access the collections
Archivist At Work