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Library Services and COVID-19

Our booking system will allow you to book three-hour slots to study or to view the exhibition (viewing time approx. 20-30 mins), up to a maximum of three slots per day. To ensure the safety of our members and our staff, there are a limited number of study spaces available.

Spaces must be booked at least 24 hours before visiting and up to 7 days in advance. If you no longer need a booking please cancel it so another member can use it.

We recommend checking the library opening hours before you travel, as these may change at short notice.

Please refer to the visitors information and updated Terms and Conditions before visiting the London library.  We may have to close at short notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We will contact anyone with a booking affected by such closure with as much notice as possible.

The Belfast and Edinburgh libraries remain closed to comply with government and RCN guidance. The Cardiff library aims to reopen for members in January 2022, but that does depend on the COVID-19 situation at the time.

Our services are available online as they have been throughout the COVID pandemic.

Postal loans are available for members. please complete the request form

No, you don’t have to return your books unless you need to or want to swap the titles you have on loan.

Books can be returned via the post for free. Visit Clicksit to request a label and receive instructions.

We have extended the loan period on all books until 28 February 2022 and waived all fines during this period. Use My Account to check the books you currently have on loan.

You can continue to contact us via email, webchat and telephone during our opening hours.

Keep in touch with the latest updates via our social media channels too. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

If this is your first time using the eLibrary, we have a getting started guide with help and advice.

Our libraries are offering bookable Zoom 1-2-1 database training to support our members remotely.


We are also hosting digital drop-in literature training sessions on Wednesdays between 2pm–4pm. These are available to all of our members around the UK.


For information about our 1-2-1s and drop-ins please see our Literature searching and training pages.

Yes, our popular online events are still being scheduled. See our events page for further details.

The RCN is providing continually updated information and resources to support your understanding and management of COVID-19.