Coronavirus Update

We’re very pleased to be able to welcome visitors back into our reading rooms, offering a limited service to visitors who need access to our collections for their research. At present our exhibition space, the Physicians' Gallery, remains closed.

Our reading room will be open Monday – Tuesday, 10am – 4pm from the 21st September 2020.

Advanced booking is essential and places are limited so we suggest contacting us as far in advance of your visit as possible to ensure your preferred date is available.


• 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
• When you book you will be asked for your proposed arrival and departure times
• You will also be asked for your contact phone number (this will only be used for Covid-19 track and trace purposes if necessary and for no other reason)

Exhibitions and events

For information about our current exhibitions and events, see our public events pages.


Our collections are open to all, please feel free to contact us to make an appointment to view our library and archives material.

We can also answer your queries via phone or email and provide you with copies of material.

Fellows and Members of the College are able to borrow items from the modern collections.  For all other users the library is reference only.

Contact details

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

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