The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) provides library services to support the education, continuing professional development (CPD) and clinical information needs of its members and course students. The RCP library also provides both public reference access and member benefits.


The RCP library has clinical medicine and medical education resources both in print and online. You can use our Discovery search tool to access articles, ejournals and ebooks available from your desktop or personal mobile device.

We also have a wealth of historical resources available to view by appointment, please see our opening hours and access to study facilities for more information.

Public services

Member services


The majority of items younger than 100 years old are available for loan to students on RCP courses, members of the RCP and members of the Faulty of Forensic and Legal Medicine. You can request items via the library catalogue, by emailing us at, or in person. You can collect items from the Library Reading Room or Medical Education Research Centre (MERC).

We will post loans to you if you are within the UK. This is free for packages weighing under 2 kg (returns are at your own expense). Items are lent for 4 weeks. Up to three renewals are allowed - in person, by email, online or by telephone unless they are reserved.

Clinical medicine and medical education print collections

Our collections focus on: 

  • medical leadership and management
  • health service provision
  • health policy and public health
  • teaching skills and learning theory
  • medical ethics
  • MRCP(UK) exam revision
  • the RCP's specialties

We also hold every item published by the RCP.