Royal Pharmaceutical Society Library


Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, our e-Library is free for all members.

For vital pharmacy texts, OUP journals, databases and guides.


For even more advice and guidance, visit our Member Resources section.

Dear Members,

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society library is not open to visitors until further notice.

Our e-Library remains available to members. If you have trouble accessing the e-Library, please email us.


Our library collections

We're very sorry but, due to COVID-19 restrictions, our print collection is not available to view at this time.

Library services

If you need advice on accessing information, our librarian is here to help.  

Please email [email protected] or call on 0207 572 2300.

Lending service

Members may borrow up to 10 items and the loan period is 28 days. Just contact the library with your membership number to register. Books may be renewed twice remotely, providing that they have not been requested by another member.

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. To use this service, you need to complete a copyright declaration form - private study or commercial research - depending on the purpose of your research, and email it to us.

If the item is available from RPS library stock, the cost of supplying will be £5 per item.

If we obtain an item from the British Library for you, costs will vary. we will notify you of potential costs before each item is ordered.

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

Literature Search Service (members only)

To use our free Literature Search Service please complete a literature search request form and email it to us.

The library deals primarily with searches on practice-based, non-clinical subjects. drug identification and clinical (patient-related medicines information) queries are referred to our professional support service.

Some services incur a cost. Please see our list of charges.

Where to find us

Royal Pharmaceutical Society library
66 East Smithfield

0207 572 2300

[email protected]

Can I visit the library?

Anyone not eligible for membership can visit the library by making an appointment beforehand. Please email the library with the date and time you would like to visit.

If you are eligible for membership you must become a member to visit our library.

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