Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Library

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Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Library

About the library

The RCPE is proud to hold one of the largest medical history collections in the world and we work to share this heritage worldwide. There are over 60,000 printed books, dating back to the 15th century, on subjects including medicine, botany, science and travel.

The local library catalogue is available online.

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Library and Archives also contribute to the Archives Hub. To browse descriptions of their archive materials, visit their Archives Hub information page.

British Library inter-library loan codes

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For an explanation of these codes, and for more information on arranging inter-library loans, see the inter-library loans page on the British Library website.

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Library Hub Discover? No.

Can I obtain items via inter-library loan? Yes - subject to the library's local lending policy. You must request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff for advice on ordering an item.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - see the library's website for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance, to ensure that they can accommodate you and that the material you need will be available.


Browse all of Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Library records in Library Hub Discover here.