The RCM library contains a wealth of material.

Click on the links below to search its collections and catalogues.

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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.

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.

Spring Term changes to normal opening hours

Tue 7 March
CLOSED until 1pm

Easter Vacation opening hours

Mon 27 Mar

Tue 28 – Fri 31 March
10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Mon 3 – Fri 7 April

Mon 10 April

Tue 11 – Thu 13 April
10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Fri 14 April

Mon 17 April

Tue 18 – Fri 21 April
10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Mon 24 April

Tue 25 – Fri 28 Apr
10am-1pm & 2pm-4.30pm

Please be aware that during the Easter vacation, noise from building work in the college will affect the library. This will be most noticeable in our reading room, the Donaldson Room. However, our collections will still be available to consult when the library is open, as users will be able to sit in our other study area.

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. A full list of charges is detailed here: Library charges for imaging 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 Peter Horton ( or 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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