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RCN Scotland

RCN Scotland Learning Hub

Wherever you are in your career and wherever you are in Scotland, RCN Scotland Library and Information Services put you in control of your own learning. By getting in touch with our expert staff at the Learning Hub, 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.

Opening Hours

Monday to Thursday: 10am - 4pm
Weekends and public holidays: Closed
Find us at: RCN Scotland Learning Hub
42 South Oswald Road


Contact us on:

Phone (Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm): 0131 662 6163/4

The Learning Hub has reopened on a part-time basis. 

Library Services

Visit us in Edinburgh

Visit us in the Learning Hub in Edinburgh. The Learning Hub currently has two socially distanced PCs for members to use and study spaces. We have an up-to-date collections of books and British nursing journals and you can bring your own laptop and use the complimentary WiFi.

Learning Hub Edinburgh

Request a literature search

RCN members can request a literature search service and one of our Information Specialists will carry this out for you. We will search a range of sources relevant to your request and your list of references will be emailed to you within 10 working days.  To request a literature search, please complete our online literature search request form or phone the Learning Hub on 0131 662 6163/4.

Training Sessions

Do you need to find research articles for coursework? Are you looking for evidence to support clinical practice? Learn about using our databases from wherever you are. We offer individual online training sessions for all Scotland members, which last for up to one hour and are tailored to your needs. Phone or email us to book a session


We offer outreach services to RCN members across Scotland and bring services to workplaces, universities and events. If you would like to find out more, then please get in touch.

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.

Nurses walking down the corridor

Get Involved

Become an RCN Learning Rep

Find out more about becoming a learning rep, you'll support the learning and career development of RCN members in the workplace. “All in all, being a Rep is demanding but ultimately rewarding work… [and] is incredibly high on my list of achievements and I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. I’m lucky that I have tremendous support from my line manager and my Branch colleagues, including all other reps, and our Libraries and Information Officer, all of whom make the role that little bit easier!” – Janette Astles (Lothian & Borders Learning Rep and UK Learning Rep Committee Rep for Scotland)

Two RCN members reading an RCN publication

Exhibition - Unmasked: Real stories of nursing in COVID-19

This exhibition looks behind the masks, to explore the thoughts, feelings and experiences of nursing staff during COVID-19 and past pandemics.

black and white photo of nurse in PPE with text reading 'unmasked'