The RCP library and Medical Education Resource Centre (MERC) provides clinical material and information services, educational material and information services, and historical research material. 

Opening hours

The Library Reading Room is open Monday–Friday, 10am­–5pm. The Medical Education Resource Centre is open Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm.

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.

If we do not hold a book you need we can borrow this for you from another library via our inter-library loan 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 resources

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

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.