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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Library Services





College members should request an OpenAthens login to access the online resources the library has subscribed to.

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Article requests

College members may request free photocopied pages from items held in the College journal or book collection. Non-members are charged per article unless they have arranged day access.

Browse current issues of major journals and request articles directly


Articles from outside our collection

Articles from outside our collection can be obtained through various inter-library arrangements. A small administrative charge is made for this service and we request that a copyright declaration form be signed in advance for each document requested.

Please see charges for further information.


Book requests

Books held in the College library may be borrowed by members. There is no charge for College library books being posted to you.

Books not held in the College library can be interloaned from another library. There is a small administrative charge made to interloan books.

To request a book held in the library or one to be interloaned, please email the library.


Literature searches

Members can undertake their own literature searches using Medline, PsycINFO, Embase and our own Library Catalogue. For most databases, you need to login to the host provider (EBSCO or Ovid) using your OpenAthens account. If you don't have one, please email the Library to register for access.



Non-members may visit the library by prior arrangement with the Librarian and photocopy pages from items held in the College journal or book collection. If you are unable to visit you may request articles be sent to you. Charges are given below. For literature searching, PubMed is a freely available version of the Medline database - select the Advanced Search option to combine the terms in your search strategy.


Payment and charges

Payment can be made in advance, or we will send you an invoice. Payment can be made by cheque or credit card. Cheques should be made payable to The Royal College of Psychiatrists and returned to the Library and Information Services department.

Charges are as follows:










£1 per 10 pages

Article request from College library





Article request from another library


From £2.50 per article


Not Applicable

Book request from another library   From £15.00   Not Applicable

Literature search carried out by staff




Minimum £200 per search



The Library regularly reviews its online subscriptions based on cost, usage and relevance.  Please email us any feedback (good or bad) you may have on our services.

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