Library Europe's largest nursing-specific collection

RCN Library and Heritage Centre

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – the London library has reopened to members. You must book in advance to visit.

The London library has reopened to members, you must book in advance to use a study space or visit our current exhibition. Our library buildings in Belfast, Cardiff, and Edinburgh are closed at the present time. You can still contact us via email, phone and webchat.

Keep up with the latest information on our Library Services and COVID-19 pages

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 10am - 4pm
Saturdays: Closed
Sundays and Public holidays: Closed
Find us at: Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre
20 Cavendish Square


Contact us on:

Phone (Monday - Friday 9am-7pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm): 0345  337 3368

Library and Archive Service Joint Heads of Service:

Teresa Doherty:                                                                                                                        0345 337 3368
Anna Semmens:                                                                                                                        0345 337 3368


Customer Service Excellence

The Library and Archive Service (LAS) has achieved Customer Service Excellence® - an independent accreditation of the quality and standard of our customer services.

The CSE standard emphasises that the customer should be at the heart of everything we do.

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