Using the RSM library

The RSM Library is one of the largest postgraduate biomedical lending libraries in Europe.

With over half a million volumes dating back to the 15th century, the collection also includes portraits, photographs and manuscripts. Every year up to 1,000 new books are added to the collection and the Library subscribes to over 5,000 current journals covering all aspects of biomedical science.

Joining the RSM Library is not restricted to medical professionals, who already gain access to the RSM’s Library as part of their membership package; Library membership is open to all.  Members of the public can take advantage of temporary library membership which allows access to the Library collection for reference purposes. The archives are also available to the public, offering a fascinating insight into the history and evolution of the medical profession.



Library facilities

Take a look at the facilities available in the Library, including 24 hour opening hours, free WiFi, photocopying and printing and study rooms. 



Borrowing books

Find out more about borrowing books and journals, renewals and reserving items.



Search the Library catalogue

The Library has an extensive range of databases, journals and books, all which are available both at the Library and via remote access. You can find an item by searching the Library’s online catalogue. A full A-to-Z listing of our electronic journal holding is also available hereNew e-books and e-journals for 2017 


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Access resources online

RSM members get remote access to over 5,000 full-text e-journals along with leading specialty specific titles. Access is without restriction and includes the latest issues. 


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View the archives and special collections

The RSM’s archive holds an extensive back catalogue of medical records dating back to the 15th century, offering a fascinating insight into the history and evolution of the medical profession. The archives are open to researchers and the public. The RSM also holds the Diamond Collection, a unique collection of 22 photographs of psychiatric patients.


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New acquisitions

A list of the latest new books added to our collection is available to view here.

We also compile a monthly list of books which have been selected for possible purchase. Members are invited to comment on these titles, which will help us choose the most useful items for the collection. Find out more.




Take a look at frequently asked questions about using the RSM Library. This section also includes links to the Library’s YouTube guides on using the library services and facilities.

library opening hours

Monday - Thursday



24hr service
The library 1st floor and IT suite are available 24hrs a day.

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Members can access the RSM library 24 hours a day - with access to PCs, desk space and the RSM's modern book collection for reference use.

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