Health Library and Information Service for Staff, Students and Volunteers

Welcome to the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Health Library and Information Service. The Library aims to support the information and learning needs of all staff and students within the Trust and those who have a Service Level Agreement with us.

Library Service during COVID-19 Pandemic

Due to the on-going challenges around COVID-19 our  Library space will be closed until further notice. We will still be providing all our online resources to support our staff, students on placement and volunteers during this time. All current library loans will be extended until the library reopens. We will continue to provide updates on the library service.

Access to databases, electronic journals and other resources provided for the NHS nationally, regionally and locally can be found here

To access these resources an Athens username and password is required. To register, go here 

BMJ Best Practice is a decision-support tool for use at the point of care. Structured around the patient consultation, it presents the required information just as it’s needed.

UpToDate is an industry leading clinical decision support tool.

This can be accessed via the app, our intranet  or any device with EPR on it.

When the library doesn’t have the article you need, we can request copies for you from the British Library or other NHS libraries. You can fill in the request form here

If you are looking for information on a specific subject the library can do this for you! Just complete this form and we will retrieve information from a variety of healthcare databases and other sources.

All staff and students are entitled to full Library membership for the duration of their placement with BTHFT. In order to loan out our books please complete our online registration form

You can search our library catalogue to see which books we have available in the library and you may borrow up to 6 books for 4 weeks at a time.

Using your Open Athens username and password you can access our ebook library and Oxford Medicine Online

We hold a wide range of books on a variety of topics including mindfulness, lifestyle, stress control, stopping smoking, fitness and much more.  Some staff may wish to use the resources with their patients.

We also have a Leisure Section which offers a wide selection of entertaining titles including novels, biographies, medical humour, popular science and cookery books.

We have 4 iPads that you can borrow to help support you in your work. These are useful for many reasons including demonstrating apps to patients (Health Promotion), outreach work, completing questionnaires and surveys.

If you are unsure whether there are any useful apps for your patients the library can do some research on this for you.

If you already know of an app then you may also find this website useful as ORCHA carry out independent and impartial reviews of health and care related apps.

Email for further details

If you work for Bradford City CCG, Bradford District CCG or Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG you are able to access the library service.

If you register with the library you can borrow books and if you register for Open Athens you are able to access electronic resources including  BMJ Best Practice and Global Health.

If there are any articles you cannot access via Open Athens we can request them from another NHS library or the British Library if you complete this form

We can also conduct literature searches for you.

If you would like further details on how the library can support you and your colleagues please email 

Queries, Updates and Feedback

If you have any queries about the library service please email 

We welcome any feedback on library services that support you via our feedback form or email.

We continue to provide library updates on our @BTHFTLibrary Twitter page.