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About Us

Our Libraries



All of our on-site library facilities remain open and accessible to staff, and we are supporting remote working wherever possible. We continue to provide a full range of support services, including:

Our Whipps Cross and Newham libraries are open from 10.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday.  There are also knowledge hubs (computer rooms) at Whipps Cross and Newham which are accessible 24/7.

The Library Hubs at St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London are open to staff 24/7.

Resources on wellbeing and mindfulness, as well as information to help you develop and maintain your clinical skills, are available online and in our libraries. Visit our wellbeing pages to view the large collection of wellbeing resources and services available to NHS staff.

Located on the top floor of the education centre in zone 2 of the main hospital building.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm

There are 4 user PCs in the library for trust staff and other library visitors to use. The knowledge hub provides 24/7 access to PCs and study spaces for staff with Newham swipe badges.

There are 10 PCs available to users to undertake e-learning and studying in the Library Hub at The Royal London, located in Outpatient Therapies on the 2nd floor, North Tower. Books requested from other libraries can be delivered to this library.

Opening hours: 24 hour swipe access, but staffed Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm (subject to staff availability)

Located on the ground floor of the KGV building, in the imaging department.

Opening hours: 24 hour swipe access, staffed Monday - Friday 10am - 4pm

There are 8 user PCs in the library for trust staff to use along with a small core collection of books.  Library users, based at SBH, can request items from our other libraries and collect them from here.

Located at Junction 11 in Willow Lodge off the main hospital corridor. On entering the education centre please pass reception and turn right.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 10am - 4pm

The knowledge hub provides 24/7 access to PCs and study spaces for Whipps Cross doctors with swipe badges. The knowledge hub is opposite the education centre reception.

‘Click and Collect’ book loan service

We have launched a new 'Click and Collect' book loan service. The 'Click and Collect' service allows borrowers to reserve the books that they want from our collection and then choose the site they wish to collect the books from, all via the catalgoue website

  • Browse our collection at
  • Reserve the items you wish to borrow. 
  • If the book is already on loan to another user, we will request that it is returned.
  • We will contact you when the book is available for collection at your preferred site.

You'll need your Reader ID and password to reserve items using the catalogue. Your Reader ID can be found on your welcome email and the password will be your postcode, or alternatively email us at for a reminder.


Returning your books

All our libraries have book return boxes, where books can be returned at any time.

Book return box locations
RLH Staff Library, Outpatient Therapies on the 2nd floor, North Tower
SBH ​Library Hub, imaging
WCH Medical Education Centre, Willow Lodge, opposite the lift
​NUH Outside the Education Centre on first floor


Book quarantine procedures

For staff safety, we have put in place some quarantine procedures for physical items. Books that have been returned will be quarantined for a minimum of 48 hours before they are available for loan again.


Support while self-isolating and working from home

If you are unable to visit us you, can still access our electronic resources via our Digital Library page on WeShare, the staff intranet (all staff should be able to access WeShare remotely), or on the A-Z Databases pages on this site.

We also want to draw your attention to Bookboon, our elibrary of soft skills and development books which include titles like Employee Wellbeing and Stress Management and Developing Emotional Resilience.


Interlibrary Loans

Our Inter-library loan service has partly resumed, we are are able to request books on your behalf from other NHS libraries; however, not all NHS libraries have resumed their ILL service so availabiltiy may be reduced. Please contact us if you have a question about the inter-loans service.

News & Events

Events and Workshops

The library service periodically runs events at all sites and we are present at as many Trust events as we can. For information about upcoming events, see our Events Homepage, or please let us know of any upcoming events where the library could attend, whether to present or run a stand.

Information and news about new library resources or updates about existing library resources will be posted here and on our twitter feed - click below to follow us!


We send out a monthly service newsletter to library members to keep you updated on new services and resources.

Archived copies can be found at the Digital Library

Please let us know if you would like to be added to our mailing list.


Documentation regarding library policies, reports and membership eligibilty.