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Using the Library

The Library provides Trust networked PCs with internet access. Students from University of Bristol and University of the West of England can also access Eduroam on their own personal devices.  We also provide printing, photocopying and scanning facilities.


Literature Searches & Article Requests

The library undertakes comprehensive literature searches of a complex nature across several databases to provide good quality evidence-based information for clinical need, CPD, training, and work-related research.  We can also provide training one-to-one or in small groups onLiterature searching and critical appraisal.

For Literature searches and article requests please email

How to Join

Library membership is open to all staff and students on placement at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust. Click here for a Library membership form. You can bring the completed form to the Library, or email it to

To access our online resources you will also need to register for an NHS Athens username and password.

How to find books/journals?

Use the SWIMS catalogue to find all our books and ebooks.

Use the Healthcare Databases to find an article.

How to find us

The library is based on Level 5 of the Education and Research Centre and is staffed 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Members can also access the library outside of these hours using their swipe cards.


Click here for the map. 


Library Quality Assurance Framework 2016

The Library Quality Assurance Framework (LQAF) contains the  national standards for NHS library/knowledge services together with guidance on how to measure the degree of compliance with the standard. We have recieved a score of 96% for 2015-16. Please email or visit connect for further evidence.


Knowledge for Healthcare: A Development Framework

Knowledge for Healthcare is Health Education England's (2015) strategic development framework for NHS library and knowledge services in England. It sets out HEE's commitment to helping ensure that all staff and learners, patients and the public can access and use the best knowledge and evidence available for learning, research, innovation and clinical and organisational decision-making in healthcare, wherever and whenever they need it.

The library strategy is designed to fit with both Trust needs and wider NHS developments.

For any questions about compliance with either the LQAF or the Framework please email