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 state-of-the-art computing equipment as well as free wi-fi and tea & coffee. Please ensure to check our opening times prior to your visit (further details on the 'Opening times' tab).
Our remote services include an enquiry service, image reproduction and assistance in using the range of products available from the Virtual Library.
We also provide access to our physical collections for reference and loan (see the 'Library Collections' tab).
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.
Chemistry Search Service
For enquiries of a more technical nature, we have the Chemistry Search Service, this is a free and confidential service available to members.
A range of resources (mainly those available in the Virtual Library) are consulted to answer queries or to provide guidance as to next steps.
Please send your enquiry to us by email or by using the online enquiry form.
M25 and SCONUL Access
The M25 and SCONUL access schemes 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. In both cases, some restrictions apply.
If you wish to take advantage of either scheme, please contact us for further information or visit the M25 or SCONUL websites for conditions of access and a list of participating libraries.