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 on our Library 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. Staffordshire University students should order articles via the Staffordshire University Document Delivery service.


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 Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is a database of evidence summaries, accessible to all NHS staff and students. It also includes clinical calculators, patient information leaflets, and procedural videos.

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 is 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 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. This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.


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.


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.

Critical appraisal support

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


We offer access to a wide range of databases for literature searching, including CINAHL and Medline that can be searched from the OmniSearch article tab, and others such as EMBASE, PsycINFO, HMIC and more that can be searched via the NICE Healthcare Databases Advanced Search interface. For advice on which database to choose, visit the Knowledge Navigator page.

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 available in both libraries, and some are also available as part of our Reminiscence Boxes.


We have almost 16,000 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.

Evidence 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.

Evidence Updates

Our KnowledgeShare Evidence Update service is a personalised current awareness service allowing you to receive new evidence on topics  tailored to your requirements. It covers policy documents and a range of summarised evidence, so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles, and emails are sent each fortnight.

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.).


You’ll be happy to know we don’t charge fines on overdue books, unless the book is requested by someone else. In this case, after a grace period, we will charge £1 per day.

Google Scholar full-text links

When searching Google Scholar, you can display links to the full-text of articles available via OpenAthens through the library. Go to Settings > Library Links and search for your organisation. If you’re using a PC within Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, links should appear automatically.

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. In the IT drop-in room at Shrewsbury we have a collaboration table with a large monitor that groups can use to work on presentations together.

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, pregnancy, parenting, stress management, exercise and more. This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.

Hot drinks

We sell tea and coffee for £1 during staffed opening hours.


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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.


We have ongoing jigsaw puzzles in both libraries to help you de-stress, so feel free to pop in and do a bit of jigsaw. This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.

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.


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.


Our KnowledgeShare Evidence Update service is a personalised current awareness service allowing you to receive new evidence on topics  tailored to your requirements. It covers policy documents and a range of summarised evidence, so you won’t be inundated with primary research articles, and emails are sent each fortnight.


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.

Leadership Masterclass reading lists

We’ve put together a number of reading lists to support the SaTH Leadership Development team’s programme of Leadership Masterclasses.

Leadership Zones

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

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.

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.

This is part of our Well-Being @ Work initiative.

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.


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 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 ‘Resources for patient and the public‘ page to search a range of resources for consumer and patient health information resources.


Both libraries offer black and white, and colour photocopying. For photocopying charges please visit the IT, Printing and WiFi page.


For printing charges please visit the IT, Printing and WiFi page.

Read by QxMD

Use Read by QxMD to create a personalised alerting service for journal articles, and connect to full-text if your organisation subscribes to the journal. You can link to the journal collections of Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust, Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust, Staffordshire University or Keele University. Free registration required, along with an NHS OpenAthens or university login to access full-text articles from your institution.

Remiscence boxes

We have reminiscence boxes available in both libraries to help support people with dementia. The boxes contain items to provoke memories and discussion, and have been developed in collaboration with the Dementia Lead Nurse. They can be borrowed by staff for use in wards and departments.

Renewing your books

We provide automatic renewals, up to 5 times on 28 day loans, and 10 times on 14 day loans.

If you’ve reached your maximum number of automatic renewals, 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 machines, or simply by visiting the library desk.

If someone else is waiting for the book, or if it has come from another library it may not be possible to renew it.

Research Hub

The Library Research Hub has details of publications by SaTH staff, as well as resources to support research.

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 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 NHS OpenAthens. Access is also available to SaTH staff via the SaTH Intranet.


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

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.

Systematic reviews or meta-analyses

There are a range of resources available to search for systematic reviews of evidence or meta-analyses, and more information on how to locate them can be found in our Knowledge Navigator tool.

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.


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The UpToDate clinical decision support tool is available to SaTH staff and students, both on and off-site, and via mobile app.

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.

Volunteer access

Volunteers working with SaTH can register as library members, borrow books, and use the dedicated volunteer PCs.


At Shrewsbury we have portable whiteboards you can use for revision or group work within the Learning Centre, along with some wall-mounted ones you are welcome to use.


Both sites have access to free public WiFi (via ‘NHS Wi-Fi’). 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 of books or articles

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.