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

Library services during COVID-19

Updated January 2021: Remote services are continuing to be provided whilst our physical library remain closed, we are open on selected days so we can access and lend out books. We are still unable to request loans from other libraries.  Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about other library services during this time.

  • Article supply 
  • Online resources
  • Literature searches

Our telephone line is usually operational from Monday to Thursday from 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 4.30 pm (except for bank holidays), due to staff shortages the RCP library may not be able to provide full cover please visit our contact page or the enquiry FAQs for more information.

Opening hours and study space

The library service supports the delivery of RCP courses. Its study space and physical collection are available to RCP course students and RCP members. The library is located within the Jerwood Centre, via House 5, St Andrews Place and is open Monday to Thursday from 9am – 5pm and Friday 9am – 4.30 pm. (except for bank holidays).

RCP member benefits

We purchase clinical and CPD material including ejournals, ebooks and databases (via an RCP Athens account). To supplement our ejournal collection, articles in other journals can be sent to you by email using our document delivery service.

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.

Public access to historical collections

The unique historical collections in our library and archive include items from as early as the 14th century. They reflect the history of the RCP, and the needs and the interests of physicians over our 500 years of history. Physical items may be viewed in an invigilated research area, you will need to book a research appointment.