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The Library

The RSM is home to one of the largest and most up-to-date medical libraries in Europe.

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Library opening hours 

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 9pm (In August and December the Library is open 9am – 7pm)
Friday: 9am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4.30pm

24-hour opening

The 1st floor and the IT suite are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Using the Library

Clinical-key access on iPad

Online resources

Access our online resource of e-books, e-journals, six medical databases, including ClinicalKey resources.

Search the e-resources
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Borrow and renew

RSM members can borrow up to eight books and journals at any one time. 

Borrow and renew
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Archive collection

Dating back 200 years, the Library houses rich and varied archive collection, offering a fascinating insight into the history of the medical profession. 

Archive collection

Latest exhibition

Sir William Olser

So joyous and gentle a life: An exhibition in memory of Sir William Osler 1849 - 1919

4 November 2019 – 1 February 2020

Marking the 100th anniversary of the death of Sir William Osler, who died on 29 December 1919, this exhibition takes a close look at the life of the renowned physician.

One of the founding professors of Johns Hopkins Hospital, Sir William Osler has often been described as a ‘father of modern medicine’. He was an avid supporter of the Royal Society of Medicine, founding the History of Medicine Section and was a benefactor of the RSM’s library.

Library services

Document Delivery

Document delivery

Our document delivery service is an easy and convenient way to gain access to chapters from books, journals and articles held in the Library collection. 

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Literature searches

Use the skills and expertise of our librarians to carry out literature searches on your behalf, including biomedical and scientific databases. 

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Information skills workshops and tutorials

Book a training course to help improve your information skills and database searching.

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Hire a room

If you’re looking for a space to hold a meeting or a place to study, the Library has several rooms available for hire, including interactive workspaces.

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Become a Friend of the Library

Become a Friend of the Library and help fund the conservation and preservation of our historic medical collection.

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Our history

Learn how the RSM, established in 1805 in the back two rooms of a barristers’ chambers at Gray’s Inn, grew from humble beginnings to take up residence in London’s medical quarter.

History of the RSM

Become a Library member

Library membership is open to everyone and offers the chance to browse and borrow from our collection for reference purposes and make use of our library working spaces. Everyone who is a full member of the Royal Society of Medicine automatically gains access to the Library, including our online resources.

Library Corporate

Open to companies and healthcare organisations looking to provide staff with access to the Library collection and resources.

Library Corporate

Library Pass

Buy a temporary library pass to 'drop in' and use the Library for reference purpose only. Weekly and monthly passes available.

Buy a Library pass
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