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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - the RCN Library and Archive Service is currently online only 

Following government guidance to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, the RCN has made the difficult decision not to re-open the library spaces at the present time.

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

For the latest Library and COVID-19 information please visit our keeping up to date page.

Library and Archive Service staff are available via email, webchat and telephone during our opening hours (Monday-Friday 9am-7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm).

Our training sessions and events continue online.

  • 26 Feb 2021

    Library in your Living Room

    Gain confidence in using our eLibrary. From how-to guides to video tutorials, there’s lots to help you in your research.

  • 10 Feb 2021

    RCN launches history podcast

    New podcast series Past Caring explores the history of nursing through conversations with historians, artists and nursing staff.

  • 3 Feb 2021

    Explore back issues of RCN member magazines

    We now have a collection of RCN members’ magazines in our digital archive. Hear the RCN’s voice through its member publications.

  • 2 Feb 2021

    Past Caring: a new podcast

    Past Caring, a new podcast from the RCN Library and Archive, explores nursing and its history through conversations with historians, artists, and nurses working today.

Service scrapbooks 

Nursing, storytelling and the First World War

Service Scrapbooks showcases the long lost stories of ten unsung nursing heroes from the First World War using the nurses’ own words, sketches and photographs.
Service scrapbooks

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Page last updated - 05/01/2021