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The RCP library service provides support for the education, professional development and clinical information needs of its members and course students. The library reading room is open to the public, however the education library is only accessible to members and students.

Our services include:

For more information please visit our website, where you will find more information on who can use the library and how to find us.
There are different levels of access for different items in the library. Please check the ‘access’ section in the catalogue record for any items you’re interested in:
  • Open shelves: you can browse for this book yourself.
  • On request: library staff can fetch this material for you. Please ask at the library enquiry desk during our opening hours, or contact us in advance of your visit.
  • 2 working days’ notice: you don’t need an appointment to view this material, but the library needs at least 2 working days’ advance notice to fetch it for you. Please contact us before your visit.
  • The Education collection is only available to RCP fellows or members, or doctors registered on a programme of study with the RCP.  Books in the Education collection are marked with a location of ‘Medical Education Resource Centre’.
  • By appointment: you need to make an appointment to view this item. Please contact us with at least three working days’ notice.
Visit our new exhibition This vexed question: 500 years of women in medicine from 19 Sep 2018 - 18 Jan 2019.

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Founded in 1518 by a Royal Charter from King Henry VIII, the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCP) is the oldest medical college in England.
Today we are a professional membership body for physicians, with 35,000 members and fellows across the globe. Physicians diagnose and treat illness, and they promote, maintain and restore health. As the leading body for physicians in the UK and internationally, we will work to achieve our vision by:
  • influencing the way that healthcare is designed and delivered
  • promoting good health and leading the prevention of ill health across communities
  • supporting physicians to fulfil their potential