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Library Services and COVID-19

The London library is currently open to members Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm.

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.

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.


Members can collect books from the London library from Monday to Friday - 10am to 4pm.

If you want to use a study space or view our exhibition you will need to book in advance. 

Please remember that postal loans are free at the moment, plan your journey to avoid busy times and routes. 

Please fill in the webform and wait for confirmation that the books are ready to collect.

These libraries remain closed to comply with government and RCN guidance. Our services are available online as they have been throughout the COVID pandemic.

We can now post books and photocopied journal articles from the London library.

For books please fill in the postal loans webform and wait for confirmation. We will cover the cost of postage of books to you. 

For scan and send, please complete the article request form.

Our online resources continue to be available and staff remain available to help you via email, phone and webchat.

No, you don’t have to return your books unless you need to or want to swap the titles you have on loan. Until December 2021 books can be returned for free,

Visit Clicksit to request a label and receive instructions.

We have extended the loan period on all books until 6 January 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 (Monday-Friday 9am-7pm; Saturdays 9am-5pm).

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.