What you need to know before visiting

How to access the Library

You will need your membership card to access the Library.  If you are not an RSM member, a temporary pass can be purchased online. This gives you drop-in access to the Library for reference purposes only.

Purchase a Library temporary pass

Opening hours 

Monday to Thursday: 9:30am to 6:00pm
Friday: 9:30am to 5.30pm 
Weekends: Closed

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Using the space

There is free Wi-Fi throughout the building and each floor of the Library has access to power points if you wish to use your laptop. You are welcome to use your mobile with discretion in the Library, though we ask that you refrain from using them in the silent study areas. PCs are also available to use, located on the 1st and 2nd floors.

Food and drink may be brought into the Library (although strong smelling foods are prohibited) and there is a tea and coffee machine on the 2nd floor. 

Printing, photocopying and scanning
On the 1st and 2nd floors of the Library there are printers that can also be used for photocopying and scanning.

You are welcome to use these for a small fee, with most items in the collection available for copying, apart from rare books and fragile items. 

Photocopying prices start from 10p for black and white copies and 35p for colour. You will need to set up a PaperCut account to use this service. Please register for an account when you next visit the RSM Library.

Library services price list
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Study areas

Desk spaces can be found throughout the Library for work or study. Silent study rooms are available free of charge. To book a study room, email library@rsm.ac.uk

Library lounge
Located on the first floor, the library lounge offers relaxed sofa seating and meeting space with Wi-Fi and laptop points. Just a few steps from the library’s reading room, the lounge is the perfect spot to take a break from studying, grab a hot or cold drink, make a telephone call or have a short Zoom meeting. The lounge is available during the library’s opening hours.

Reading rooms
These are for individual quiet study and are not suitable for online meetings or telephone calls. There are eight PCs with access to internet, databases, Office 365 software and printing services. 

Study carrels
Study carrels offer space for individual private study (carrels number six and seven can accommodate two people), can be booked one week in advance and are available during the library opening hours. To book a study carrel email library@rsm.ac.uk.

If you require a space for group study or working, the Library has several meeting rooms available for hire, some of which come with interactive PCs and whiteboards. To find out more about hiring a meeting room, visit the 1 Wimpole Street website.

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The entrance of the Library is wheelchair accessible and all floors within the Library can be reached using lifts. Accessible toilets are located on the Library Mezzanine floor and on the ground floor of the RSM.

Registered guide and hearing dogs are welcome in the building.

Should you require any assistance prior to your visit, please contact the Library helpdesk.

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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 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

Library Institutional membership

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

Library Institutional membership