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Loans and inter-library loan requests

The RCP library provides a loan service to all of its UK-based staff, members and students. If we do not hold the item you are looking for, you can request it through our inter-library loan service. We also lend items to other libraries.

*Changes to library services during COVID-19*

Updated October 2021: the library is 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.

Loans for RCP members and students

RCP members and students and FFLM members* may request loans of items from the RCP library. The majority of items younger than 100 years old are available for loan.

Items are lent for four weeks. Up to three renewals are allowed (in person, by email, online or telephone) unless they have been reserved by someone else.

*Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine members may not borrow MERC items (indicated on the library catalogue).

Making a request

You can request items via the library catalogue, by emailing or telephoning us, or in person.

Inter-library loans for RCP members

UK-based RCP members can borrow items from other libraries using our inter-library loan service. This costs £16.35 per item, including postal delivery (returns are at your own expense).

Loans to other libraries

The majority of the RCP’s print materials, outside of journals, rare books and special collections, are available for loan to other libraries. Charges are £9 to supply a copy and £16.35 to supply a loan.

Making a request

Libraries can email their requests to interlibraryloans@rcp.ac.uk, quoting their British Library account code and request number.