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.
Changes to our service due to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
We’re making changes to our opening hours, visitor guidelines and how our members can access our books and training resources.
These changes will come into place from 4 May 2021, until further notice.
You can also contact us if you have any questions.
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.
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.
Unfortunately, our library isn’t open for general public use. There are a range of libraries across Berkshire open to everyone, such as:
- Bracknell Forest Borough Libraries (visit their website)
- Reading Borough Public Libraries (visit their website)
- Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Public Libraries (visit their website)
- Slough Borough Public Libraries (visit their website)
- West Berkshire Public Libraries (visit their website)
- Wokingham Borough Public Libraries (visit their website)
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.
Books and e-resources
- Browzine (visit the website) – browse our journal collection
- ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Nursing (visit the website) – access books and articles on Nursing and Psychiatry
- DiscoverIt (visit the website) – search, access and download eBooks and journal
- Internurse (visit the website) – access the UK’s largest collection of peer-reviewed nursing content including British Journal of Nursing (BJN)
- Library catalogue (visit the website) – find a full list of our books
- Oxford University Press eBooks (visit the website) – access over 130 titles including the Oxford Handbook and Oxford textbook series.
- PsycTherapy (visit the website) – a collection of over 500 videos of therapy sessions by well known therapists
- Stahl eBooks (visit the website) – access Cambridge portfolio of neuropsychopharmacology books by Dr Stahl
- BMJ Best Practice (visit the website)
- BNF (visit the website)
- BNFC (visit the website)
- Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry 13th edition (visit the website)
- Royal Marsden Manual of Nursing Practice (visit the website)
- UpToDate (visit the website) – access is via the resources tab in NHS OpenAthens
If you need help researching evidence you can submit a request to our team.
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.
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.
Contact us to find out more.
You can visit our library between the following times:
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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