After very careful consideration, we regret to inform you of our decision to close the library and our exhibition to all visitors until further notice. Enquiries and remote services will be continuing as normal so please do get in touch with us at and we will do our best to help.

We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see you all again soon.

About Us

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow was founded in 1599, by the granting of a Royal Charter from King James VI. Our founding members set out to regulate and improve the standards of medicine, surgery and pharmacy in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. Today, the College has over 15,000 members internationally, and continues its mission to improve patient care around the world through education, training, and examination.
The College’s heritage collections – including thousands of medical and surgical instruments, rare books, archives, and pictures – span over 6 centuries and are an excellent resource for exploring the history of medicine and the history of the city of Glasgow. Many items from the collections have been digitised and are available to view here. Our digitisation work is ongoing, and we add new items to the site regularly, so keep checking back to discover more.

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