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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.

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, you can join our library by completing our online membership form.

Complete our online membership form (opens new browser tab)

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. 

All of the web links below will open in a new tab in your browser.

Register or log in to OpenAthens (opens in a new tab)

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 (opens in a new browser tab)

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 (opens in a new tab) 


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 (opens in a new browser tab)

Contact us to find out more.

The physical library is now staffed, between 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday for all staff, students and library members to use. 

We also offer a virtual service via email. 

Contact us to find out more. 

Monday Tuesday  Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm 8.30am - 4.30pm Closed Closed

Call 0118 9605012


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