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

Document supply service and literature search service


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.

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 are entitled to free literature searches. Literature searches are undertaken using the following databases:
Medline (1966-)
PsycInfo (1887-)
Embase Psychiatry (last 10 years)
Embase Neuroscience (last 10 years)
HMIC databases (database from the King's Fund and the Department of Health)
You can request a literature search to be done for you, or you can log on to Ovid and undertake your own literature search.

You can also use the free version of Medline to search for information.

Free Medline

PubMed is the name of the free version of Medline. There are two versions, Europe PubMed Central which includes a greater number of European articles, and National Library of Medicine, which has more American articles.

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 £11.00   Not Applicable
Literature search carried out by staff
£50 per search