RCN Scotland Library and Information Services

RCN Library and Information Services put you in control of your own learning. Via the internet or by getting in touch with our expert staff at the RCN Scotland Learning Hub in Edinburgh, you can find the information most relevant to your learning needs – whether it’s finishing your latest assignment or finding the most up-to-date evidence on clinical practice.

The Learning Hub has recently been refurbished and is now an even more flexible space for use by our members. The enhanced work and social areas and our up-to-date collections of books and British nursing journals make the Learning Hub particularly popular with members. We also have six PCs for members to use, and comfortable spaces with chairs and sofas where you can relax.

Find out more below about just what help and support is available for you wherever you are in your career or wherever you are in the country. This information is summarised in our handy guide to services.

Please note: Charges for overdue books and printing/copying in the Learning Hub were reintroduced in October 2014. The fees are in line with the RCN’s charging policy already in place for members in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. The charges will be 10p per day per overdue book (up to a maximum of £5 per book). The charge for printing/copying will be 7p per sheet.

Contact Sian Kiely at sian.kiely@rcn.org.uk for any queries about the reintroduction of charges.

Contact us

Please contact the RCN Scotland Learning Hub team for more information or with feedback on any of our services:

Email: scotland.library@rcn.org.uk
Tel: 0131 662 6163/4
Fax: 0131 662 1032
Address: 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh EH9 2HH

Opening hours

  • Monday: 9.15am-4.45pm
  • Tuesday: 9.15am-4.45pm
  • Wednesday: closed
  • Thursday: 9.15am-4.45pm
  • Friday: 9.15am-4.45pm
  • Saturday: closed
  • Sunday: closed

The Learning Hub is closed on Wednesdays to enable staff to take the library ‘on the road’, delivering our outreach service at workplace events, workshops and training events across Scotland. 

Enquiry services

We have two nursing information specialists based in the Learning Hub. They will be happy to help you with any queries or problems.

Online access to resources

Staff are on hand to advise RCN Scotland members on getting the most out of online resources including the RCN elibrary and the NHS Scotland resource known as The Knowledge Network.

Literature search service

As an RCN member you can request literature searches free of charge from one of our nursing information specialists.

Please note that this service is not available to RCN student members – we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

If you would like to request a literature search, please complete our online literature search request form, or phone the Learning Hub on 0131 662 6163/4.

Borrowing books in person or by post

As an RCN member you can borrow up to eight books from the Learning Hub at any one time. If your books are not required by other RCN members, they can be renewed up to three times before you need to return them to us.

We are happy to post out books from our library to RCN Scotland members who are unable to borrow books from us in person.

Search the RCN Library services catalogue to find books and check availability. If we don’t have the book in stock, then it is possible for you to request a copy directly from the RCN UK Library in London.

Find out more information about Borrowing items from RCN Libraries.

Document delivery services

If you would like to request journal articles to be sent to you, please print and complete the photocopy request form and return it to our colleagues in the UK Library.

Please note, it is important to ensure you sign the copyright declaration by hand, as this is required by law.


We also offer an outward-facing service to RCN members across Scotland. If you and your colleagues would like to arrange a work-place training session or find out more about the RCN library and information services, then please get in touch.