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One of the finest postgraduate medical libraries in Europe
The Library is one of the largest postgraduate biomedical lending libraries in Europe. Our collection exceeds half a million volumes, dates back to the 15th century, and also includes portraits, photographs and manuscripts.
Every year up to 1,000 new books are added to the collection and we subscribe to a wide variety of journals, including titles from around the world and covering all aspects of biomedical science. Over 90% of our titles are on open access. We also provide members with remote access to over 3,000 electronic journals [PDF] including the Lancet.
Membership will give you access to a full range of Library services. The Library offers modern study spaces, and private study carrels, with laptop connections throughout.
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(3 February 2014 – 26 April 2014)
An exhibition at the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine to mark the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare.
Tuesday 6 May 2014 until Saturday 26th July 2014.
Monday – Thursday: 9.00 – 21.00
Friday: 9.00 – 17.30
Saturday: 10.00 – 16.30
Admission free. Open to all.
Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
London W1G 0AE
William Shakespeare was born at Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 April 1564. This exhibition of books from the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine is intended to mark the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth. Almost all of the books on display were published in Shakespeare’s lifetime, and show many of the medical preoccupations of the age, liberally juxtaposed with quotations from the plays and poems. This was a great period for books published in the vernacular and therefore more accessible to a lay public, so much emphasis is given in this exhibition to works written in English, or translated into English.
Introduction to Literature Searching
The next date for the "Introduction to Literature Searching" workshop is: Tuesday 20 May 2014. Check out our web pages for further details including how to book a place. Future dates for this and other workshops will be posted shortly.
Advanced Literature Searching
The next date for the "Advanced Literature Searching" workshop is: Thursday 19 June 2014. Check out our web pages for further details including how to book a place. Future dates for this and other workshops will be posted shortly.
The current e-journal collection is hosted by EBSCO. This site will list the titles you have access to both remotely and onsite.
Library Opening Hours
Library opening hours over the Early May Bank Holiday
Saturday 3rd May – Closed
Monday 5th May - Closed
Library opening hours over the Spring Bank Holiday
Saturday 24th May – Closed
Monday 26th May - Closed
|Monday - Thursday||9am - 9pm|
|Friday||9am - 5:30pm|
|Saturday||10am - 4:30pm|
|Monday - Thursday||7pm - 11pm|
|Friday||5:30pm - 11pm|
|Saturday||4:30pm - 11pm|
|Sunday||10am - 11pm|
Shown here is a portrait of Sir William Osler (1849 – 1919), founder and first President of the Society’s History of Medicine Section. It is a copy made in 1989 by Phillippa Abrahams of the portrait painted in Paris by Seymour Thomas in December 1908. It is generally considered to be the definitive portrait of Osler and the one best liked by its subject.
Contact the Library on +44 (0) 20 7290 2940 / 2941, or email us at library @ rsm.ac.uk
Non-RSM Members can access the collection through a range of Library membership categories.
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