As the only multidisciplinary Royal College in the UK we have been supporting and representing our members for over 400 years by setting the highest possible standards of health care.  The foundation charter was granted in 1599 by King James VI to our founder, Maister Peter Lowe, a Scottish surgeon.

Our membership has grown to over 10,000 physicians, surgeons, dental professionals, specialists in the field of travel medicine and podiatric medicine across the UK and worldwide. Our library services to members include online resources via an Athens password, inter-library loans and document supply, literature searches,  current awareness and one-to-one training and help.  If you are a member of the College and wish to find out more about how we can help you with your information needs please email library@rcpsg.ac.uk

Areas of the College are open to members of the public on a drop-in basis on Monday afternoons (excluding Bank Holidays) from 2.00 pm until 5.00 pm.  Group tours can be arranged by appointment.  Members of the public are also most welcome to come and use the library Monday – Friday from 9.00 am until 5.00 pm but it is advisable to make an appointment first by emailing library@rcpsg.ac.uk

Library Reading Room

Library Reading Room

The College library was founded in 1689, when the Faculty (now Royal College) built its first Faculty Hall near to the Tron Church in Glasgow. Since that date the collection has grown to over 30,000 volumes.  The library committee was founded in 1678 and is the oldest committee in the College.  With the earliest volume dating from 1491, the College library now houses works on all aspects of medicine and surgery.  Because of its close association with the City of Glasgow, the library has also built up the Glasgow Collection, books relating to the history of Glasgow and the West of Scotland.  Search our online catalogue to find out more about our holdings.  The archives of the College date back to the very first minute book starting in 1602 and include papers relating to surgeons, physicians and dentists with connections with the College.  Further details can be found on our Archive Collections pages.

Apart from books and archives, the library also houses a collection of medical and surgical instruments and artefacts, many of which are used in displays throughout the building.  Also throughout the building, visitors will see examples of the College’s extensive art collection.  Over ninety of our oil paintings can now be viewed on the BBC Your Paintings website.


The Library
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
232 – 242 St Vincent Street
G2 5RJ
United Kingdom

A charity registered in Scotland. Charity Registration Number SC000847

Telephone: +44 (0) 141 221 6072

Email: library@rcpsg.ac.uk

Main Website: rcpsg.ac.uk

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