Providing services both remotely and on-site, the Library aims to answer all your chemistry-related questions (or at least point you in the right direction).
If you are able to visit the Library at Burlington House, we provide a Members' Room with four computers as well as free wi-fi and tea & coffee. Please ensure to check our opening times prior to your visit.
Our remote services include an enquiry service, image reproduction and assistance in using the range of products available from the Virtual Library.
Whilst the majority of services are for members-only, if you are not a member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, we may still be able to assist so please ask.
One of our most widely accessible enquiry services, not solely for the use of members, is the historical enquiry service.
As more people are keen to research their family history, they sometimes come across information to suggest that an ancestor was a past member of the Chemical Society or Institute of Chemistry; if this proves to be true, we can often provide some information.
Not limited to genealogy, we can also help with a wide range of biographical enquiries of scientists and more general history on the chemical sciences.
The Royal Society of Chemistry's Biographical Database can be used to search for information (mostly obituaries) on individual chemists and other scientists.
Whilst unable to provide a detailed or technical search for information, we have many resources available to assist you. The main resources can be found in the Virtual Library) or you could search the Library catalogue or the Publishing Platform.
We would also recommend looking through the Directory of Consultants to locate someone with the expertise to help you.
M25 access scheme
The M25 access scheme allow members to visit and borrow library material from other participating institutions.
Under this scheme, members can access the collections of other academic institutions and in return their members have access to the collections of the Library of the Royal Society of Chemistry (some restrictions may apply).
If you wish to take advantage of this scheme, please contact us for further information or visit the M25 website for conditions of access and a list of participating libraries.