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Our library


Temporarily closed for relocation
As part of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s relocation plans, the Library will be moving to the new premises in East Smithfield in Spring 2015.  In preparation for the move, the Library will be closed from the 19th January 2015, and will re-open in the new building as soon as possible after the move is complete.

If you need advice on accessing information, our trained librarian is here to help up until the 19th January 2015. Call 020 7572 2300 or email library@rpharms.com.  Members can also access our free search service and Access our catalogue »

Online services

  • E-books and e-journals
    Having access to electronic books allows you to study and research from the comfort of your desk. The library provides access to fifteen central texts, a medical dictionary and calculator.
  • Databases
    The library has carefully selected four high quality databases on pharmacy and allied healthcare sciences, including both citations and full text materials. The advanced search functions allow you to find the most relevant articles for your topic:
    • Medline – find citations and articles on any given topic.
    • Cinahlspecialising in treatments and interventions in healthcare.
    • Biomedical Reference Collection Corporate Edition - covers disciplines from biomedicine and health sciences to the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.
    • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts - focused on pharmacy in all its forms and indexes 750 titles in pharmacy and medicine from around the world.
    • E-guidelines
      As a special offer to members, the library has negotiated free access to the e-guidelines journal for members, an invaluable way for keeping up-to-date on guidelines and the issues surrounding them.
  • Information skills training
    The library has resources to support your information searching. From factsheets to webinars, you can access information skills training in whatever form suits you.

Offline services

Reference library

Besides the extensive electronic resources, you can access a print collection at our library in Lambeth, which includes key publications and titles relating to pharmacy practice, research, science and history.

The library holds the full range of Pharmaceutical Press publications and textbooks, including Martindale: the complete drug referenceStockley's drug interactionsBritish National Formulary and The Pharmaceutical Journal.

Our collection also includes pharmacopoeias, proprietary texts and formularies from around the world, some of which date back several decades. Search the catalogue to find out what is available.

Document delivery

You can order articles, drug monographs or book chapters via the library.

• If it is available from RPS Library stock the cost will be £5 per item.

• If the item has to be obtained from another library, costs will vary.

However, we will notify you of the potential costs before the item is ordered.

How long does it take? Please allow 5-10 working days for items to be sent. When the librarian is away, the supply may take even longer.

To use this service, you need to complete a copyright declaration form, depending on the purpose of your research – private study or commercial research - sign it (for legal reasons we can’t process any unsigned forms) and either fax it or scan and email it to us.

Self-service copying

You can photocopy in the library (within the limits of UK copyright legislation). The costs for copying are:

Pages Members Non-members
1 20p 50p
10 £1.60 £4.00
20 £2.75 £6.90
50 £5.50 £13.50
100 £8.80 £22.00
200 £14.00 £35.00
500 £32.50 £81.00
Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Visit us

Library of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
1 Lambeth High Street
Tel: 020 7572 2300

Fax: 020 7572 2499

Email: library@rpharms.com 

If you are not eligible for membership, you can visit the library by making an appointment beforehand. Please email the library with dates and time that you’d like to attend. Unfortunately the library is not available for those who are eligible for membership, but are not currently members of the Society. Unfortunately we are unable to offer a lending service.