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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 July 2021 at the earliest.

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

All member training and events continue to be online at present.

You can continue to contact us via email, webchat and telephone during our opening hours (Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm).

Following government guidance to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 the RCN has made the difficult decision not to re-open the library spaces until July 2021 at the earliest. Our services are available online as they have been throughout the COVID pandemic.

Please contact us for further details or if you have any comments or feedback.

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, you are responsible for the cost of returning book.  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 need to return your books until we reopen the libraries. We have extended the loan period on all books until 4 October 2021 and waived all fines during this period.  


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

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.