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Our library


Opening times: Monday to Friday 10:00 – 12:30 and 13:30 – 16:00.

Library closed: From 12:30 pm Friday 13 November and 26 November 2015

Please contact the library or check the website for any variations to these times before visiting and to make an appointment to visit.

If you wish to view a particular item in the library collection, please contact the librarian to check its availability before visiting the library.

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


Lending service now available to members. Members may borrow up to 10 books.

New e-books available:

  • The Renal Drug Handbook by Ashley and Currie. 3rd ed., 2009.
  • Drugs During Pregnancy and Lactation by Schaefer, Peters and Miller. 2nd ed., 2007.
  • Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry. 12th ed., 2015.

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 thirty one 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.
    • Cinahl specialising 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
      E-guidelines journal, an invaluable way for keeping up-to-date on guidelines and the issues surrounding them.
    • MedicinesComplete is available in the library - authoritative information to support clinical and drug research decisions.
  • 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

Library collections

The print collection at our library 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.

Search the catalogue to find out what books are in the library.

Lending service

Members may borrow up to 10 items at any one time and the loan period is 28 days. Just contact the library with your membership number to register.

Please note that the cost of returning items, is the responsibility of the borrower. Certain standard works of reference cannot be loaned so please check with the library for details.

Document delivery

Members 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.

Please allow 5-10 working days for items to be sent.

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 post it or email it to us.


You can photocopy in the library (within the limits of UK copyright legislation). The costs for copying are: 20p per page for Members and 50p per page for non-members.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Visit us

Library of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
66-68 East Smithfield
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 would like to attend.

Unfortunately the library is not available for those who are eligible for membership, but are not currently members of the Society.