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Healthcare Library

Our library provides our staff, placement students, carers and other NHS members, with access to a range of printed and electronic materials, including books, articles, journals and research publications.  

We can also help you with evidence searching to support your decision making, and offer training to help you develop your own searching skills.

While our library isn’t open for general public use, we do have a range of self-help books and materials that carers can borrow.

The following changes will remain in place until further notice.

Staff hours, and our virtual service

Our library is staffed, between 9.00am to 4.30pm Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for all staff, students and library members to use. 

We continue to offer a virtual service on Mondays and Wednesdays via email.

Staff based at Prospect Park Hospital can access the library space using their ID card.

All visitors must wear face coverings, which are available in the reception area, and follow the two-metre social distancing.


Read our advice on face coverings to all visitors  

Books, resources and training

Books can be posted to a work address or collection from the library can be arranged.

All training will be held online.

Contact us to for details about our training schedule.

Berkshire Healthcare staff 

Our library is free to use for all our staff and any students who are on placement with us, plus any other organisations that have agreed access arrangements, such as public health staff in Berkshire West.   

Staff from other NHS South Trusts

If you’re working for another NHS South Trust or GP Practice, you can visit our library or contact us to loan books and access references.

If you work for another NHS organisation, you may be able to use our services for a fee. Contact us to find out more.


If you’re a member of staff or a visitor, please complete the membership form to join our library.

Send a membership request form 

General public

Unfortunately, our library isn’t open for general public use. There are a range of libraries across Berkshire open to everyone, such as:

We have many resources available to all Trust staff and students. Some resources can also be accessed by other NHS staff and visitors. If you need help finding books or resources, contact us and we’ll see how we can help.

An NHS OpenAthens account gives access to our library resources and clinical tools listed here. 

Register or log in to OpenAthens

Books and e-resources

Clinical Tools

Evidence Searching

Research Support

If you need help researching evidence you can submit a request to our team.

Submit an evidence search request form

We also regularly run Finding the Evidence Workshops. Contact us to learn more and book your place.

Sign up for our KnowledgeShare service and we’ll contact you whenever we find highly relevant evidence documents related to your field.

Submit a KnowledgeShare membership form 


We can provide training and support – in person or via Microsoft Teams – on how to search for evidence, accessing journals, using Twitter, and making the most of your NHS OpenAthens account.  

Register or log in to OpenAthens

Contact us to find out more.

You can visit our library between the following times: 

Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8.30am - 5pm 8.30am - 5pm 8.30am - 5pm 8.30am - 5pm 8.30am - 5pm Closed Closed

You can also contact Reception at Prospect Park to arrange access to the library outside these hours, by email or by calling us.

Call 0118 9605012


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