If you are not an RSM member but would like to access the Royal Society of Medicine Library, the RSM can issue a temporary pass for reference purposes only. To register you will need to provide up-to-date original photographic proof of your identity and proof of your current address.

The RSM's Library holds a rich collection of both historical and contemporary medical and healthcare topics, dating back to the 15th century. It houses an extensive range of books, manuscripts, moving images, photographs, illustrations and paintings.

Before visiting, you can search our catalogue to check for items or contact our Library collections team to help organise your visit.

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How it works

The Library temporary pass allows members of the public to ‘drop in’ and use the Library’s physical collection for reference purposes only.

When visiting, you can also make use of the additional services that the Library offers, such as our literature search and document delivery services, for an additional cost.

If you purchase a temporary pass, please note that you can only enter the Library during staffed hours (Monday – Friday, 9am – 5.30pm and Saturday 10am – 4.30pm).

Prices

We offer four types of passes:

  • Day pass: £10
  • Weekly pass: £30
  • Monthly pass: £50
  • 3-Month pass: £110

How to apply

You can use the Library for reference purposes by purchasing a Library Pass.

Two separate forms of ID will be required – one photo ID (e.g. a passport or driving licence) and one item to prove your current address (e.g. a bank statement or utility bill).

To arrange a temporary pass, please contact the Library Services on 020 7290 2940 or email library@rsm.ac.uk.

Want full access to the Library?

Why not consider joining the RSM as a member and get instant access to all our digital resources, 24/7 use of the Library as well as all our club facilities.

Fellow

For professionals working in medicine, dentistry or a higher scientific qualification.

Fellow

Associate

For professionals working in the healthcare sector or with an interest in healthcare issues. 

Associate

Student

For students studying medicine, dentistry or an undergraduate qualification at an approved UK university. 

Student

Corporate

For companies and charities working in the healthcare arena. 

Corporate