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Library Europe's largest nursing-specific collection

RCN Library and Heritage Centre

The Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre is home to the largest nursing specific collection of materials in Europe. Whether you are studying on your own or in a group, we have the space, resources and technology to support your learning.

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday (not during August): 9am - 5pm
Sundays and Public holidays: Closed
Find us at: Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre
20 Cavendish Square

Contact us on:

Phone (9am - 5pm, Monday - Saturday): 0345 337 3368


Instant message the library team
during library opening hours.
(Out of hours service - Chasing the Sun)

Online Services

You can access over 1,000 e-journals, 2,000 e-books and a wide range of nursing and health care databases from your home or mobile device.

Books by post

Books and DVDs can be borrowed and returned. We only charge for the cost of postage. Please complete the Postal loan form.

Articles by post

You can request photocopies of articles from our collection to be sent to you by post. We can also try and obtain articles from journals not held at the RCN for you.

Please make your request by printing the request form listed below and post it to us with a cheque or credit/debit card details. The charges for this service are included on the request form below.

RCN article request form

Restricted Services only available to RCN members

Getting access to all the onsite and online services at Europe's largest specialist nursing library, is just one of the many benefits of becoming an RCN member.

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