Public access

Our reading room is accessible to all researchers, not solely Fellows and Members of the College.

Our reading room is open Monday – Thursday, 10am – 4.30pm.

The reading room will close at 4.30pm on 18th December 2023 and reopen at 10am on the 10th January 2024.

Advanced booking is essential.

  • Please contact us via email (at at least 24 hours in advance of your proposed visit date.
  • Let us know in advance which items from our collections you would like to view. If you’re not sure, please feel free to ask and we can assist you.
  • If you require a car parking space please inform us when making your booking.

Physicians' Gallery

You can find information about visiting our Gallery and exhibitions here.

Literature search service

The library provides a free literature search service for Fellows and Members of the College. Please phone or email us with details of your research topic.

Borrowing books

Items from the library's modern lending collection can be borrowed by Fellows and Members of the College. Please email or phone us with any requests or for more information.

Contact details

Phone: +44 (0)131 225 7324
Address: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 11 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ