Library and heritage collections now open at Union Street!
Based in our new location in Union Street, our library and heritage collections are now open to the public and our members. Our new reading and quiet room is open by appointment between Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00, as is our archive. Please allow two weeks for the archivist to retrieve the materials you require.
Our reading and quiet room hosts our most popular journals and the older less-read resources are now stored off site. If you need a specific item from the archive, let us know beforehand and we can make sure it's available for you upon arrival.
The museum will open fully after the RCOG official opening with tours of of heritage collection will also be bookable.
Contact the library team:
Contact the heritage team:
10-18 Union Street
Learn more about our Library's extensive collection
Our members have access to more than 11,900 books and 457 journals including Nursing Notes, an excellent resource for information on midwifery training and professional activity. The library is one of the only two libraries in the world to hold the complete set.
We have 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:
Take a look at the new titles added to our eBook collection:
Please click on Dawsons Ebooks catalogue to access the full text online
Print and E-journals in our collections.
To access the below E-Journals, click on the links below and, where required, use the username and password provided.
Journal of Asian Midwives (open access journal)
Published by South Asian Midwifery Alliance (SAMA)
The European Journal of Midwifery (open access journal)
Published by EU European Publishing
Journal of Midwifery & Reproductive Health (open access journal)
Published by Mashhad University of Medical Sciences
Nursing and Midwifery Studies (open access journal)
Trauma Nursing Research Center, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, IR Iran
Journal of Pregnancy (open access journal)
Published by Hindawi Publishing Corporation (Egypt)
BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (open access journal)
Publisher: BioMed Central
Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology (open access journal)
Publisher: BioMed Central
Obstetrics and Gynecology International (open access journal)
Open Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (open access journal)
International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (open access journal)
Publisher: International Scholars Journals (ISJ)
The AIMS Journal (Open access from the beginning of 2018)
Published by The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (AIMS)
Open Access Databases
The Cochrane Library is available freely throughout England under the terms of a Department of Health contract with the publishers, Wiley.
It incorporates the following:
- The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Cochrane reviews)
- Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (other reviews)
- The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (clinical trials)
- The Cochrane Methodology Register (methods studies)
- Health Technology Assessment Database (technology assessments)
- NHS Economic Evaluation Database (economic evaluations)
PubMed, which incorporates the PubMed MEDLINE database together with some additional resources, is freely available at www.pubmed.gov. It is a very useful resource for midwifery searches, particularly on topics of a more medical nature. A National Library of Medicine tutorial on the use of PubMed is available. King's College London has also produced its own guide, Searching for literature using PubMed.
Evidence Search: Health and Social Care, provided by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE), draws together high quality, evidence-based resources, including aspects of women’s health. Most resources on the site are freely accessible although some may require an NHS England username and password.
POPLINE, the world's largest bibliographic database on population, family planning and related issues, is now available free of charge on the Internet. All 280,000 citations, representing published and unpublished literature, can be accessed free of charge. There are ready-made searches available on topics such as adolescent pregnancy, AIDS, breastfeeding, domestic abuse, FGM, maternal and neonatal health. Individuals from developing countries can request up to 15 full text documents per day through the document delivery service.
Social Care Online, which is produced by SCIE, the Social Care Institute for Excellence, covers all aspects of social care. It may be useful for researching topics such as domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, substance misuse and social exclusion. Content is drawn from a range of resources including journal articles, websites, research reviews, legislation and government documents, and service user knowledge.
CINAHL® with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing and allied health journals, providing full text for more than 560 journals indexed in CINAHL. Of those, nearly 400 have cover-to-cover indexing in CINAHL, and more than 230 of these are not available with full text from any other EBSCO database.
This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most-used journals in the CINAHL index with no embargo. With more than 600,000 full-text articles dating back to 1937, CINAHL with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health literature.
- full text for more than 560 journals
- more than 600,000 full text articles dating back to 1937
The CINAHL® login details are only available to RCM members. If you're already a member, please log in. Otherwise, why not join the RCM today to gain access to this, as well as a host of useful member benefits.
The RCM Library collection also contains:
- RCM Publications
- Midwives Tale Oral History Collection
- Midwifery Conference Proceedings inc. ICM congress
- Midwives Rules (LOS,CNB, UKCC, NMC)
- Midwives Roll
- ENB Syllabus
- Exam papers
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.
Contacting the Library at the RCOG
Temporary closure and partial services
Following our move to our new home in Union Street, the RCOG Reading Room will remain closed until the College fully reopens. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.
- Partial services on offer - the College is an online enquiry and research service whilst unpacking the Archive, Library and Museum collections during our closure.
- Contact: RCMlibrary@rcog.org.uk or for all your online enquiries, such as: enquiry handling, access to e-journals and e-books, inter-library loans and literature searches. Alternatively enquiries can be submitted using the enquiries form. However, for document delivery, we currently only have partial access to our print collections.
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.