Guidance for accessing the RCP library's online collections.
The RCP library's online collections include:
All of the RCP's collections can be searched using the Discovery search tool. The library service also offers free literature searches.
To access the library's online collections you will need an RCP Athens account.
An RCP Athens account is available to:
The Library Reading Room provides onsite access to all walk-in users. Education databases are only available to RCP course students in medical education or medical leadership, and members of the Peer Support Network (PSN).
If you've forgotten your password you can request a new one.
Forgotten your username? Try using your (non-NHS) email address or contact us Monday–Friday, 10am–5pm:
If you experience any problems accessing our e-resources please contact the library (email@example.com) specifying the name of the resource and any error messages you receive.
For problems with ejournals please provide the following information:
Please note that ejournals can be accessed more easily via the Discovery search tool available after you log in, than via a publisher’s website.
Screenshots may help us resolve the problem faster.
You can send us your search strategy to receive tips on how to refine it for better results. Individual training sessions can also be arranged.
We can perform an expert search for you and give you the resulting references and abstracts. Members may place up to three requests per year; we search one database per request. There is a standard turnaround time of 2–3 weeks.
To request this service please complete a literature search request form and email it to the library.
This service is available to: