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 closure*

Last updated: 24 March 2020

In light of the latest government advice, the Library Reading Room and Medical Education Resource Centre spaces are closed to visitors until further notice. Staff are working to support our users by providing all the services we can remotely. However, we will be unable to accommodate research visits or supply loans and copies from our collections. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions about library services or how to access our digital collections:

RCP and COVID-19 preparations

For more on how the RCP is responding to the coronavirus outbreak to protect its members, staff and public, see

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.

Loanable books may be borrowed by post and if we do not hold a book you need we can borrow this for you from another library via our inter-library loan service.

Our free literature searching service is there to save you time searching for articles while getting more relevant results.

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 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.