Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Library

Contact details

Website: E-mail: Tel: 0141 227 3241 (Assistant Librarian)

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About the library

The College library was founded in 1698 when the College acquired its first permanent building, and contains works dating from the 15th century onwards. Being the only royal medical college for physicians, surgeons and dentists in the United Kingdom means that its holdings contain a wide range of medical subjects. Many of the key medical, anatomical and surgical texts of the 16th and 17th centuries are represented and the Library is particularly strong in the areas of anatomy, medicine, surgery, botany and materia medica in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The Library houses the collection of Dr William Mackenzie, founder of the Glasgow Eye Infirmary, and hence has good holdings in historical material relating to the diseases and surgery of the eye. Local historians are well served by the Glasgow Collection consisting of works relating to the history of Glasgow and the West of Scotland.

The local library catalogue is available online.

British Library Interlibrary Loan Codes

  • Royal college of Physicians and Surgeons Library: JL2

Accessing materials

Can I see live document availability on Copac? No.

Can I obtain items via Inter Library Loan? Yes, subject to the library's local lending policy. You have to request an inter-library loan via a library of which you are a member. Talk to your own library staff about whether they think the document you need is likely to be available for loan and for advice on making an inter-library loan request.

Can I visit the library to view materials? Yes - visit the library's web site for access details. If you wish to visit it is advisable to contact the library in advance to ensure the material you need will be available.

How do I find primary source material held at this institution? Visit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow's contributor page at the Archives Hub for information.


The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow data on Copac

Example record from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Library:

Title: Aforismi generali della cura delle ferite col modo del Magati. / [By Sancassani, Dionigi Andrea 1659-1738?]
  Published: Venezia : Gio. Gabriel Hertz [1713]

You can browse all the titles on Copac starting with the above title.