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Library Services and COVID-19

To maximise social distancing and slow the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 all RCN physical libraries are now closed until further notice.

Although our physical libraries are closed at this time, our eBooks, ejournals and databases are available 24/7

All items on loan, from any of our libraries now have a new return date of 01 September 2020.

No fines will be incurred over the closure period.

It is not be possible to place reservations on books at the current time.

Our postal loan service is unavailable until we reopen.


You can continue to contact us via email, webchat and phone during our opening hours (Monday-Friday 9am-7pm and Saturday 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.



The RCN has also taken the difficult decision to cancel all events between now and the end of August 2020.

If you had a ticket for a paid event you will be issued full refunds.

We are still hosting online events and exhibitions, please do keep checking our events page for updates on all our public events.


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