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Library Europe's largest nursing-specific collection

General public

If you are not an RCN member, the following resources are freely available for you to use on the Search Collections page.

RCN Library Catalogue

The Library catalogue features thousands of publications including books, journals and theses.

Historical Nursing Journals

Published from 1888 to 1956, this journal began as the Nursing Record and later changed its name to the British Journal of Nursing. It is available in full text.

Trip Database

A tool for you to find and use high quality clinical research evidence.

Cochrane Library

High quality independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.


PubMed comprises over 28 million citations from the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.

PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). See Pub Med Quick Start for details of how to carry out a search. There are some links to full-text items.