Services & Visiting Us

About Us

The Library and Archives hold over 60,000 books, including a copy of the first edition of the first book printed on medicine - the De Medicina of Celsus, published in 1478 -  and almost 1500 journals, some of which are particularly rare.  Also held are over 300 externally deposited manuscript collections concerning eminent scientists such as Joseph Black and William Cullen.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm

Contact details

Phone: 0131 225 7324


Address: RCPE, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ

Accessing the collections

Our collections are open to all, please feel free to contact us to make an appointment to view our library and archives material.

We can also answer your queries via phone or email and provide you with copies of material.

Fellows and members of the College are able to borrow items from the modern collections, for all other users the library is reference only.