A-Z of Services


We don’t have a library app, but our website is responsively designed to work on all devices. However, some of our resources do have apps available, and you can find these and more on our Healthcare Apps page.

Article requests

Need an article we don’t have access to? You can order a copy and we’ll obtain it for you.


Both libraries offer a comb-binding service, with a 24 hour turnaround time. Cost is £2.50 for up to 70 pages, or £3.50 for over 70 pages. We can also sell you just the combs and covers if you prefer to do the binding yourself on our machine.

BMJ Case Reports

BMJ Case Reports is a searchable database of case reports, accessible to SaTH staff. SaTH staff can also submit their own case reports and our fellowship number 915046 if you wish to do this.

BNF / BNF for Children

BNF (British National Formulary) and the BNF for Children are available to holders of NHS OpenAthens accounts. There is also access via the SaTH Intranet, with local prescribing information.

Apps for mobile devices are also available.

Book Club

We’re hoping to begin a monthly Book Club at Telford shortly.

Book requests

Need a book we don’t have access to? You can order a copy and we’ll obtain it for you.

Book reservations

If you need a book that is held in Shropshire Health Libraries, whether it is on loan, at another site, or you simply want it put to one side for collection, you can reserve it through the catalogue using your library barcode number.

Books on Prescription

We have many of the titles from the Books on Prescription scheme available in our Healthy Lives collections.


The Shropshire Health Libraries catalogue includes all the print books held in Shrewsbury and Telford, along with books held at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital’s Francis Costello Library. As well as searching for books, you can renew your loans and reserve books.


We have an ongoing chess game at Telford, as part of our Well-Being @ Work service.

Clinical Question Answering

You can request a quick turnaround search providing 3-5 key results to answer a specific clinical question.

Colouring books

Stressed? We have a range of colouring books for adults and colouring pencils that you can use in the libraries as part of our Well-Being @ Work service.


Both libraries have PCs available to use in the IT drop-in room, and at Shrewsbury there are additional PCs available throughout the Learning Centre. You can check availability of PCs at Shrewsbury.

Critical appraisal support

We can provide training in the basic of critical appraisal techniques to groups, and we also provide some online training resources.

Dementia ‘Pictures to Share’

The ‘Pictures to Share’ series is a collection of picture books, with some accompanying text, for staff to use with people with dementia. Copies are on the shelves at WT 240 BAT.

DynaMed Plus

DynaMed Plus provides summaries of evidence for over 4,000 topics, and is available to staff and students with OpenAthens accounts with Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

Apps for mobile devices are also available.


We have over 20,000 titles available through the ProQuest Ebook Central service to eligible users with OpenAthens accounts. Books can be viewed online, or downloaded to mobile devices for up to 14 days at at time. Visit our guide to downloading e-books for more information.


Struggling to find the evidence you need? We can carry out searches on your behalf, and have two levels of search available, a Clinical Question Answering Service, and a Literature Search service.

Exam collections

Both libraries have separate collections of revision and exam preparation books for undergraduate medical students, and postgraduate medical courses (such as MRCP, MRCS, MRCPCH etc.).


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Group study areas

We know that people need to work in groups sometime, so we have some areas set aside for group work and collaboration.

Health awareness event displays

At Shrewsbury we have regular displays to support national or local health awareness events. Let us know if your team would like to have a display in the library.

Healthy Lives Collections

Both libraries have Healthy Lives collections to support your own well-being and that of your family, including books on mindfulness, parenting, stress management, exercise and more.

Hot drinks

At Shrewsbury, we sell a range of hot drinks for £1 each during staffed opening hours. We also sell flapjacks for £1 each on behalf of Macmillan Cancer Support.


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IT Training Rooms

Shrewsbury has two bookable IT Training Rooms available to book for £40 per day. An IT Training Room is also available in the Education Centre at Telford, and this can be booked through the IT department.

Joining the library

You can register online, or pop into either of our libraries to register with us (please bring some ID with you that shows who you work for or are studying with). There is more information about who can join on the registration page.

Journal club support

Running a journal club, or thinking about starting one? We can help!


We have access to over 3,500 journal titles, though not all titles will have all issues available. To check whether the one you want is available, visit the ‘Journal’ tab on OmniSearch.

Shrewsbury also has a small range of nursing and midwifery journals in print.

Knowledge Updates

We produce 45 different email alerts providing details of recent journal articles, books, e-books and official publications.


At Shrewsbury we have a laminator, and sell laminating pouches for 20p each. You can either do it yourself, or we’re happy to do the laminating for you.


Both libraries have laptops available for use within the libraries.

Leadership Zones

Both libraries have well-stocked collections of books to support leadership and management in designated Leadership Zones.

Lean Resource Boxes

We have a variety of Resource Boxes available to teams to borrow for 28 days at a time containing a range of books and other resources on specific topics, and one of these contains resources on lean to support the SaTH partnership with the Virginia Mason Institute partnership.

Leisure Collections

We have collections of leisure reading books in both of our libraries, that include a range of novels, biographies and non-fiction titles. These are loaned for 28 days, and no fines are charged.

We accept donations of good quality books, so please feel free to pass on to us titles you’ve enjoyed and want to share with colleagues.

Literature searches

We can carry out searches on your behalf to identify journal articles, guidelines, systematic reviews and other material to help meet your requirements.

If your search is for coursework, we’ll ask  you to do the search yourself but we are happy to offer training on how to search.


At Shrewsbury, we have lockers available for loan for 14 days at a time.


Would you like to invite a librarian to your team meeting? We’re happy to come along and talk about or demonstrate some of the resources we offer.

Meeting Rooms

Within the Learning Centre at Shrewsbury are several bookable Seminar Rooms (LC1-4), managed by the Undergraduate Office.

Mood Boosting Books

We have a number of the Mood-Boosting Books selected by the Reading Agency as being uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. These are available as part of our Leisure Collections.

Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation Resource Boxes

We have a variety of Resource Boxes available to teams to borrow for 28 days at a time containing a range of books and other resources on specific topics, and one of these contains resources to support nursing and midwifery revalidation.

Nursing and Midwifery Revalidation resources

As well as the Resource Boxes, we also have revalidation forms available to take away, and can support you in a number of other ways such as our Knowledge Updates to keep up to date with new developments, training to help you find suitable journal articles to reflect on, and books on topics such as reflection, portfolio building, writing and lots more.


OmniSearch is our one-stop search facility for a range of library resources, including books, e-books, articles, evidence resources and journals.


OpenAthens is a password system for access to a range of information resources purchased nationally and locally. They are free of charge, and all NHS staff and students can have one.

Visit our OpenAthens page for details of how to get an account.

Out of Hours access

Access 24 hours a day, seven days a week is available to eligible users on application.

Patient information resources

Visit our ‘Find Information for Patients‘ page to search a range of resources for consumer and patient health information resources.


For photocopying charges please visit the library charges page

Pocket-sized Training

We run a training programme of short 20 minute (with extra time for questions) lunchtime sessions to introduce you to a range of resources and web technologies.


For printing charges please visit the library charges page

Renewing your books

You can renew your loans through the Shropshire Health Libraries catalogue – all you need to do this is your library barcode number. You can also renew your books by email or phone, on the self-service machine at Shrewsbury, or simply by visiting the library desk.

If no-one else has reserved the books, you can renew them as many times as required.

Returning your books

Books can be returned to whichever of our libraries is most convenient to you, or in the post. You can also return our books to the The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Hospital’s Francis Costello Library.

Keele medical students based with us can return our books to the Keele Health Library, and can return Keele books at Shrewsbury.

If we’re closed (and you don’t have out of hours access) we have book return boxes outside the Learning Centre at Shrewsbury, and in the Nurses’ Common Room in the Education Centre at Telford.

Room bookings

We have two  bookable IT Training Rooms in the Shrewsbury Health Library, and four bookable seminar rooms (booked via the Undergraduate Office).

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

As well as print copies, we also have online access available to eligible members via OpenAthens. Access is also available to SaTH staff via the SaTH Intranet.

RSS feeds

As well as an RSS feed for our blog, you can also subscribe to the RSS feeds for each of our Knowledge Update subjects, and for recent Clinical Question Answers.


All PCs at the Shrewsbury Health Library (except for the NHS PCs) have access to SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences)

Staff Engagement and Wellbeing Resource Boxes

We have a variety of Resource Boxes available to teams to borrow for 28 days at a time containing a range of books and other resources on specific topics, and one of these contains resources to support staff engagement and wellbeing.

Staff Publications

We keep details of publications by staff in SaTH, and more information can be found on our Research Hub. If you’ve published something, you can submit the details for inclusion.

Training and assistance

We’re happy to provide training in information skills, and this can be at your workplace or in the libraries. We can also provide assistance over the phone or email if you are struggling to access information.


Follow us on Twitter @sathlibraries. Need help setting up or using Twitter? We’re happy to help with this too!

Vocational Qualification books

We already stock a number of books to support vocational qualification, including the Diploma in Health and Social Care, but if we don’t have what you need let us know and we’ll obtain copies for you.


At Shrewsbury we have a portable whiteboard you can use for revision or group work within the Learning Centre. If you’d prefer to use flipchart paper, let us know and we can supply this.


Both sites have access to free public WiFi (via ‘SaTH_Public_WiFi’). In addition, both sites have access to NHS WiFi for SaTH devices (these devices should automatically connect to the network).

Shrewsbury Health Library also has:

  • Eduroam (for students with participating institutions)
  • AirNet-Student (for eligible library members)
Workplace delivery

Need a book or article, but can’t get to the library? We are happy to send books and articles to your workplace, just let us know when you request or reserve items.