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Library and information services

Library and information services

Library services for members

RCM members have access to more than 15,000 books and 600 journals including Nursing Notes (an excellent resource for information on midwifery training and professional activity). The library is the only one in the world to hold the complete set.

The RCM has a prestigious collection of books, journals, archives and artefacts relating to the current practice and history of midwifery held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). The collections include information on all aspects of clinical obstetrics, gynaecology and midwifery as well as education, the history of the two colleges and the development of women's health.

Access to library includes:

The combined RCM and RCOG collections bring together material from the broad spread of women’s health providing an unparalleled resource for research and education. The library catalogue can be accessed here.

Enquiries to the RCM Library can be submitted using the enquiry form. Alternatively, you can contact us using the details below.

The RCM's heritage collection

The RCM's heritage collection is held at the RCOG, and is accessible to RCM members and staff as well as external researchers. There is also a blog: Midwives Chronicle: The Heritage Blog of the Royal College of Midwives.

This unique and historically important collection dates from the foundation of the RCM in 1881 as the Midwives Institute, and includes the papers of the organisation (such as committee minutes and reports, correspondence and papers of the college president, general secretary and honorary treasurer, scrapbooks, photographs and printed material) as well as donated material from midwives past and present, including a diverse range of case registers, and artefacts such as uniforms, midwifery instruments, midwives’ bags, and badges.

The RCM heritage collection provides a fascinating insight into the art of midwifery, and the campaign for the registration, training and education of midwives, women’s health, childbirth, pregnancy, contraception and abortion.

Current display

A picture of breastfeeding reading material
Launched to conincide with World Breastfeeding Week in July, do come to the RCOG/RCM Library to see our display of historical breastfeeding advice and implements. 

Opening hours 

The Library is open between the hours of 10:00 to 16:00 from Monday to Friday.

Contacting the Library at the RCOG

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