Royal Pharmaceutical Society Library

Our library collectionLibrary-bookcase

Our print collection includes key publications and titles relating to pharmacy history, research, science and practice.

The library holds the full range of Pharmaceutical Press publications and textbooks, including Martindale Complete Drug Reference, Stockley's Drug Interactions, British National Formulary and The Pharmaceutical Journal.  

The British Pharmacopoeia 2020 is available to consult in the library.

If you would like to view a particular item in the library collection, please contact the Librarian to check availability before visiting the library.

Visit our e-library to access our catalogue, databases and electronic book collection.

Library services

If you need advice on accessing information, our librarian is here to help.  Please email [email protected] or phone us 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 e-mail it to us.

  • If the item is available from RPS Library stock, the cost of supplying will be £5 per item.
  • If the item has to be obtained from another library, 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

Our free literature search service is for members only; please complete the library's literature search request form and e-mail 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.

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 16:00

The Library will be closed: 
December 2019:
Friday 20,
Wednesday 25 - Friday 27 incl.
January 2020:
Wednesday 1 - Friday 3 incl.

Please email us to arrange a visit.

Finding us

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Library
66 East Smithfield

020 7572 2300

[email protected]

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

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

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