The RCP provides information services as a member benefit and to support the delivery of our medical education courses. Our historical collections are made available for the benefit of the public and the historical research community.
*Library services during COVID-19 *
Staff are working to support our users by providing all the services we can remotely. Research visits and copies/loans from our collections will not be available until we can re-open the library spaces. Articles from our print collection are usually provided for free to RCP members and during lockdown we will source these from elsewhere (where possible) and provide them at no cost to members.
Please don't hesitate to contact us and let us know how we can help you: email@example.com. Our enquiry line is operational 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.
Last updated: 7 April 2020
E-resources on COVID-19
Content accesible using an RCP Athens account:
For more on RCPAthens and our usual range of e-reouces please see our clinical and educational resources
Guidance and advice from the RCP and other selected sources
Opening hours and study spaces
The RCP has two libraries:
The Medical Education Resource Centre (MERC) supports the delivery of RCP courses. Its study space and physical collection are available to course students and RCP members. MERC is located within the Jerwood Centre, via 5 St Andrews Place and is open Monday-Thursay, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am-4.30pm.
The drop-in study space for members and researchers is known as the Library Reading Room, on the top floor of the main building at 11 St Andrews Place. It is open Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm.
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, often within a few hours, using our document delivery service.
Our free literature searching service is there to save you time searching for articles while getting more relevant results.
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.
Collections are showcased in our exhibitions.
Physical items may be viewed in the Library Reading Room – please check to see if you require an appointment. Loanable library books and pamphlets can be borrowed via inter-library loans.