Library & Knowledge Services
The Library & Knowledge Service is here to help you make a difference, and to help inform your decision-making. We can help you to keep up-to-date, and ensure that you are able to make the best use of the resources available to you.
During the current pandemic we are operating a virtual library service - all our services can be managed remotely. Please email us if you have any queries about library services, resources, evidence search requests, inter-library requests, joining the library, or anything else.
The physical library space is still available for East Cheshire NHS Trust staff to use. PCs, study space and book issue/returns are all available - swipe in with your Trust staff ID badge.
24/7 access with your Trust ID badge. Items can be borrowed, renewed and returned using the self-service machine. The computing facilities are also available 24/7.
Staffed: Monday-Thursday 08:30 - 17:00; Friday 08:30 - 16:30. Unstaffed weekends and public holidays.
You may borrow up to 8 items for 3 weeks, renewable by phone, email, online or via the MyCirqa app.
10p per day charge for each overdue item.
All our journals are online. Search them here or use the quick search option below - search by journal title, subject or ISSN:
An NHS Athens account is required to access the fulltext.
Any books or journal articles not available from the Library resources (print and online) are usually available on inter-library loan. Journal articles we can obtain from another NHS library are free. Articles supplied by non-NHS libraries, and book loans, cost £1 (extra charge for items sourced from the British Library - ask for details).
There are 15 computers available for Library members to use. All the PCs have Microsoft Office applications, email, internet and some Trust applications. Printing, photocopying (10p/A4 and 20p/A3) and scanning is also available.
Evidence and literature searches
We can conduct work-related evidence searches on your behalf. Save your time! Complete a request form or email the details to the library.
We cannot conduct searches for coursework or study on your behalf, but we can show you how to do a search and help to you manage your references. Just get in touch to arrange a session!
KnowledgeShare is our targeted current awareness service. We’ll let you know when we find high-impact publications in your area, including guidelines, policy and high-level research evidence.
Various email alerts, bulletins and updates are available to help you keep up-to-date in your subject area.
More information is available on the 'Keep up to date' page.
Twitter and Facebook
Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for current evidence-based information and news on library services and new resources!
Individual and group study areas are available in the Library, including a quiet study room.
Fiction and wellbeing
There is a small collection of fiction books available for you to borrow. We welcome donations of recently published fiction.
A Kindle is also available to borrow, pre-loaded with fiction e-books.
We also have a Wellbeing collection, which includes all the 'Books on Prescription', other health stories and self-help books.
Free tea and coffee!
Help yourself to a free mug of tea or coffee whilst you are working in the library. If you prefer, we also have a pod coffee machine which is charged at 50p per pod (so £1 per drink for ones which require 2 pods).
The Library & Knowledge Service works to the following standards to deliver a high quality, responsive service to all its users.
The library aims to fulfill the following service requests within the time frame detailed below:
Inter-library loans: 5 working days
Evidence searches: by user deadline
Enquiries: 3 working days
Stock processing: 10 working days
Please contact Lynda Cotterill the Library Services Manager if our service falls short of your expectations.
The library runs a number of different courses, which can be arranged for 1:1 or small group sessions. We can provide training in the library or come to your place of work. Contact the library for more information or to book a session. Current courses include:
More information on each course is available on the 'Training' page, and additional online information / videos are available on the 'Guides and Leaflets' page.
We can also attend team meetings or training events to demonstrate resources, from a quick 5 minute demo to more advanced training.
The Library produces a number of guides and leaflets to help you use the resources and services. These are available on the 'Guides and Leaflets' page.
Library & Knowledge Service
Facilitating evidence-based decision making
Page last updated 6/4/20