The library and archive collections are available to the public for reference use. Loans and other services are available to members and course students.
We have two study spaces providing Wi-Fi, desks, PCs, a printer and scanner, and access to physical collections.
Reference access is available to all in the Library Reading Room.
RCP members and course students may borrow items and access our ejournals, ebooks and databases.
Items in the library and archive can be viewed by the public in the Library Reading Room.
All items in the archive catalogue require research appointments to view, as do library items from before 1850. Library catalogue records state the access restrictions for each physical copy under ‘Access':
Digitised copies of books from 1780 to 1914 are now avaible internationaly as part of the UK Medical Heritage Library project.
Books unavailable due to ongoing digitisation work are marked as ‘on loan’ in the library catalogue.
Library and archive collections join the museum collections in forming the basis of exhibitions and events. Our current exhibition is Ceaseless motion: William Harvey's experiments in circulation.
All visitors should go to the main reception on arrival, where they will be directed to the Library Reading Room. Photocopies can be made of items under 100 years old in good physical condition, subject to copyright regulations. Please ask staff for a permissions form.
You can take photographic images of items over 100 years old in good physical condition, subject to copyright regulations and the photography policy.
Appointments are available between 10am and 5pm. Advance booking is essential and we ask for at least 3 days’ notice. All visitors making research appointments must register at the start of their first visit and renew their registration annually. They must supply two forms of ID to register. Contact us for more details.
We produce a range of guides to support historical researchers: