Library

The RCP provides access to current information services as a member benefit and to deliver educational courses. Our rich historical collections are accessible to all.

RCP member benefits

For our members we purchase clinical and CPD material including ejournals, ebooks and databases (which are accessible via an RCP Athens account) and also physical items which can be borrowed by post.

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.

RCP members can make use of our free literature searching service, saving you time searching for articles while getting more relevant results.

SCONUL libraries throughout the UK are open to RCP members.

Support for course students

The Medical Education Resource Centre provides a collection on medical education including ejournals, ebooks, databases, and print material to support the needs of students on RCP courses.

Public access to our historical resources

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 are made available in our Library Reading Room. Loanable library books and pamphlets can be borrowed by SCONUL library members or via inter-library loans.  Please check to see if you require an appointment.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the library open?

The Library Reading Room is open Monday–Friday, 10am­–5pm. Please note that it will be closed for the month of August.

The Medical Education Resource Centre is open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm.

Where is the Library Reading Room?

The Library Reading Room is located on the top floor of the main RCP building at 11 St Andrews Place, opposite Regent's Park. It is accessible to everyone.

Facilities include:

  • open work spaces
  • desktop computers
  • free Wi-Fi
  • full printing and scanning facilities
  • access to the RCP's print and electronic collections.

The most recent material is available to browse on open shelves; more is available on request. No appointment is needed to view the majority of the post-1900 collection. Archives and special collections are viewed by appointment only.

Where is the Medical Education Resource Centre?

The Medical Education Resource Centre (MERC) is located within the Jerwood Centre, via 5 St Andrews Place. It is accessible to RCP course students and RCP members only.

All MERC print collections can be browsed on open shelves.

How do I report access issues?

If you experience any problems accessing our e-resources, please contact the library specifying the name of the resource and providing a screenshot of any error messages you receive.

For problems with ejournals please provide the following information:

  • journal title
  • publisher
  • issue number
  • year.

Please note that articles and ejournals can be accessed more easily via the Discovery search tool.

Forgotten your password?

If you've forgotten your password you can reset it online.

Forgotten your username?

Try using your (non-NHS) email address or contact us Monday-Friday, 10am–5pm.

Course students should contact the Medical Education Resource Centre for help with their Athens accounts.

Please also make sure that you are logged in with your RCP Athens account instead of logging in directly via a publisher’s website which the RCP may not have a subscription to.

If you are unsure whether the RCP has a subscription to the journal/article you require, subscription information can be found via the Discovery search tool.