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, this is not solely for the use of members.
A service that has grown in popularity over the last few years is our 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 free, confidential and comprehensive service available to members.
This service is best suited to those members who are not able to visit the Library in person to conduct their research.
Enquiries are dealt with by one of our chemical information specialists. They consult a range of resources (including those available in the Virtual Library) 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.
The M25 borrowing and access scheme allows members to visit and borrow library material from other participating institutions within the South East of England.
Under this scheme, members can access the collections of over 40 academic institutions and in return their postgraduate students and staff 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 this scheme, we need to issue you with an authenticated M25 'Access and Borrowing Scheme' card.
Please contact us for an application form and further details or visit the M25 website for conditions of access and a list of participating libraries.