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Visitor Information

The library is open to all current members of the RCM, and welcomes researchers and interested visitors who may use it for reference only.

From Mon 19 June 2017 the library's main reading area, the Donaldson Room, could be affected by building noise from development work in the adjacent courtyard. On these occasions, researchers can find alternative accommodation in the library’s IT room.

Term Time Opening Hours

Monday - Thursday
9am - 7pm (last issues and returns 6.45pm)

9am - 5.30pm (last issues and returns 5.15pm)

Vacation Opening Hours

Opening hours may vary, but are normally:

Tuesday – Friday
10am – 1pm, 2pm – 4.30pm (last issues and returns 4.15pm)

The library is normally closed for 7–10 days at Christmas and may be closed for a short time at Easter.

Due to building work in the east courtyard the Donaldson Room might be affected by noise from time to time.  Researchers can find alternative accommodation in the library’s IT room if needed.

Christmas holiday opening times

Monday 18 December

Tuesday 19 December
10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Wednesday 20 December
10am-12pm only

Thursday 21 December
10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Friday 22 December
10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Using the Library


Only current members of the RCM may borrow from the library. Students may borrow up to 15 items, Junior Fellows up to 20 items. Loans will only be issued on production of a current RCM ID card bearing the borrower’s photograph. 


The library subscribes to many e-resources, e-journals, e-books and databases. Some are listed in the online catalogue but all e-resources are restricted to current members of the RCM.

External Researchers

The library welcomes external researchers during our normal opening hours. We do ask for proof of ID before consulting special collections. We suggest you contact us in advance to make sure the Reading Room is available and we have sufficient staff to help you. All items from the special collections are to be returned by 6.00pm, or 30 minutes before the library closes, whichever is earlier.

The current building works have necessitated some reorganisation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.



Laptops may be used in the library but only in the Donaldson Room.


No large bags or instruments may be taken into the library, these can be left in the available lockers and baggage racks. Any small bags which are brought into the library are subject to checks by staff.


The library offers copies and scans of out of copyright material, both manuscripts and printed items.

All copies made or supplied are for private study or research only. Separate permission will need to be sought for any publication, performance or recording of the material concerned.

There is a charge for these services. 

Please direct enquiries about this service to Michael Mullen ( 


There are no photocopying facilities for visitors' use.


We do allow researchers to photograph some items. Those intending to do their own photography should first enquire of Michael Mullen ( as to the suitablility of the material concerned.

Interlibrary Loans Service

We lend/supply some material to external borrowers, subject to preservation and copyright restrictions. For all interlending enquiries contact Monika Pietras (

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