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Online journal and other information resources access

RCSEd Members and Fellows are eligible for free full-text access to thousands of electronic journals, books and databases through the 'The Knowledge Network' (formerly the NHS Scotland e-Library). Fellows and Members of the College can email the Library and will be sent a brief pdf guide to registration for an Athens username and password for these excellent resources.

The College Library staff are happy to support all enquiries on this or any other information query. Please contact: library@rcsed.ac.uk.

We invite the college membership to use their well-resourced medical and surgical library, with all the latest in texts, journals and electronic resources – and a wealth of fascinating historical stock dating from the 15th century to the present.

We invite medical historians, researchers, students of the history of medicine and interested members of the public, to make an appointment to visit here in developing their understanding of the history of medicine and surgery.

Read more about the history of the Library at The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


We aim to support Members' and Fellows' educational and information needs, current and historical; to maintain and conserve the collections; to provide information related to the College’s history; to assist in the understanding of medicine and surgery

adopt a book

Book of Hours, recently adopted by: J Foster

"Book of Hours", adopted by: J. Foster

The Adopt a Book project helps fund the restoration of our books. Please contact us if you wish to find out more about adopting a book.

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contact & opening

RCSEd Library and Archive
Nicolson Street

Tel: +44 (0)131 527 1630 / 1632 / 1702
Email: library@rcsed.ac.uk

Open: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm