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

Library Collections



Our journal collection includes a complete run of the College's own journals:



The printed collection includes around 3000 books and reports. These can be searched online through the Library catalogue. The collection covers developments in the field of psychiatry and includes:

  • Key classic texts reflecting the various disciplines within the field of psychiatry
  • All College publications under the RCPsych imprint (formerly Gaskell)
  • The latest mental health strategies and medical guidelines
  • A complete set of College Occasional Papers and College Reports
  • Reference books including the classification works used in the field of psychiatry

We will post books to you for free, but you have to pay the cost to return them. Please email the library to request a book to be sent to you.


Electronic Resources

A number of reports are held in PDF format and accessed via the Library catalogue. We also subscribe to relevant medical databases and other electronic resources. Details can be found on the Library ePortal.


Antiquarian Collection

The collection comprises over 300 monographs and government papers reflecting the history of mental health and illness from the 15th century. The collection also includes the complete series of Lunacy Commissioners reports from 1843-1915 and the Board of Control reports from 1916-1937.

These can be viewed on appointment by contacting the Archivist.



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