The RSM’s Library provides a wide range of spaces, services and facilities to help you with your studies or work when you are in the building, such as free Wi-Fi, study spaces and 24-hour access.

Access for members and visitors 

You will need your membership card to access the Library.  Friends and guests are not permitted at any time unless they have a valid membership card or temporary pass.  

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.

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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 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. 

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Printing, photocopying and scanning

The printers, which print, photocopy and scan, are located on the 1st and 2nd floors of the Library.

You are welcome to use these for a small fee (you will need an account with PaperCut), with most items in the collection available for copying, apart from rare books and fragile items. 

View the 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

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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24-hour service 

The 1st floor of the Library and the IT suite is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are planning to visit after normal opening hours, you will need your membership card to gain access.

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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.

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Recent acquisitions added to the Library

View a list of new acquisitions added to the Library catalogue

New acquisitions list

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 Corporate

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

Library Corporate