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Biomedicine & Health - NHS Admissions

Information for NHS employees
Eligibility for membership of UCL Libraries

Arrangements for membership and provision of library and information services are set out in a Library Service Agreement between the following NHS Trusts, NHS London (North Central area) and UCL.

Health workers employed by these NHS Trusts are entitled to join UCL libraries:

  • Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
  • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Health workers who are not employed by one of the above Trusts should apply in advance to the Library site they wish to visit. Sometimes a fee will be charged.

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How to join

NHS staff should join at their nearest medical library site, which is their "Home" library. Proof of identity will be required (Trust ID card), as well as proof of home address.

NB. Staff based in the community should join at their nearest library.

Registration will be completed upon submission of an application form and an introduction to the Library will be provided.

If the end of contract is less than three months from the date of application to join the Library, membership will be for reference use only and borrowing will not be possible.

For staff on rotation, Home library privileges apply while the staff member is based on site. If staff rotate to a site served by another UCL Library, Home library status normally moves with them. If staff rotate to a Trust not covered by the Library Service Agreement, library privileges over and above reference access are governed by local agreements, and may vary from site to site. Reference services only are provided to non-medical students on placement.

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Benefits of Library membership for NHS employees

Home Library - services and resources

Value added services provided at your Home library include:

  • Document delivery and Inter Library Loans
  • Information skills training
  • Support for research
  • Access to at least one professionally qualified member of staff

See details of services available at your Home library

All UCL Libraries - services and resources

Core services, available to all users on all library sites, include:

  • Borrowing from the loan collections, including books
  • Multimedia and elearning resources
  • Enquiry services
  • Access to photocopiers
  • Access to several thousand electronic journals, and databases, from library terminals
  • Modern study facilities

From the workplace - online resources

Access, with an NHS Athens account, to electronic resources enabled and procured by UCL:

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NHS staff with honorary UCL appointments

NHS staff who hold honorary appointments with UCL are eligible to register with the Library as academic staff and access the full range of UCL's electronic resources, on and off-site.

Other NHS library services


There are other Libraries based in Trusts covered by the Library Service Agreement, which are not part of the agreement:

Electronic Resources

A number of online books, journals and bibliographic databases are procured by the NHS for NHS staff. Assistance with using these is available from your Home library.

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