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

Library Resources



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

A complete list of journal holdings currently held in the library can be downloaded from here:

The library offers quick and easy access to the latest issues of major psychiatry journals.


The printed collection includes around 3000 books and reports. These can be searched online through the Library catalogue. The collection reflects the development 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 all the classification works used in the field of psychiatry, medical directories and dictionaries and contact details of relevant associations and support groups.

The library offers members a free postal service for borrowing books. Please email the library to request a book to be sent to you.


Psychiatry Online

You have access the American Journal of Psychiatry and useful Topic Guides via this website.


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.