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Library and Information Centre


The Virtual Library

The Virtual Library is a collection of full text e-books, journals and databases from various publishers and sources which can be accessed by RSC members at any time from any internet connected computer, laptop or other portable device.

Our Publishing Resources

Access journal articles for free through our Publishing Platform

Direct access for RSC members

When you click on a link which has a small blue 'M' in a box to the right of it, you will be prompted for a username and password:

Username: RSC Membership Number (6 digits)
Password: The default is your date of birth (in YYYYMMDD format) unless you have subsequently changed it, if so, use your new password instead.

EBSCO eBooks

100 Chemistry full text books plus general interest titles.

EBSCOhost Research Databases

Environmental, Business and Chemical News databases from EBSCO.

Elsevier ScienceDirect & Reaxys

Passwords expired at the end of December 2013, contact us if you wish to renew or apply for a new password for access in 2014.

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology

Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology presents a wide scope of articles on chemical substances.

Knovel Library

Full text chemistry reference books and databases from Knovel.

Referex E-Books (Engineering Village)

Referex E-books from Engineering Village


Full text access to 163 e-journals and 500 e-books from Springer.

Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry

This state of the art encyclopedia is now available through the RSC Virtual Library.

Search millions of chemical structures on ChemSpider

Why not try out a quick search of ChemSpider? Try searching by systematic name, synonym, trade name, or registry number.


Also of interest

RSC Publishing platform

Journals, books and databases accessible from one simple search

Contact and Further Information

Library and Information Centre
Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7440 3373