Adopt a book

The collection

We have a large collection of antiquarian books, with some dating as far back as the 15th century.

Most of the books were donated to us in 1895 in the form of donations from the libraries of doctors Daniel Hack Tuke, J Lord, C Lockhart Robertson and J Whitwell.

The collection is an important source of information on the history and development of psychiatry.

What is covered?

The collection is a great source of information on the study of psychiatry, subjects covered include:

  • the structure, functions and diseases of the brain
  • causes and cures of nervous disorders
  • administration of asylums
  • philosophy and anatomy of sleep
  • causes, prevention and treatment of mental disorders
  • habitual drunkenness

The books are written by some notable authors, such as Daniel Hack Tuke, Forbes Winslow, Henry Maudsley, John Connolly,  Emil Kraepelin and many others.

How can I adopt a book?

You can adopt a book by getting in touch with Francis Maunze, College Archivist on: 020 8618 4096, email:

What do you get?  

A bookplate with your details will be placed in the book that you adopt.

Bookplates can either carry the name of a donor or be dedicated to another person, perhaps in their memory or to mark a special occasion such as retirement. 

Contact the Archivist for a list of books available for adoption and a donation form.

Contact us

For a list of the books available to be adopted, and donation forms, please see the above links. Or, for more information contact The Archivist:

Royal College of Psychiatrists
21 Prescot St
E1 8BB
020 8618 4096


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