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 Location

The Health Library and Information Service is located in the Field House Education Centre, Bradford Royal Infirmary.

You can contact us on 01274 364130 or

Opening hours

Monday 08:30 to 17:00
Tuesday 08:30 to 17:00
Wednesday 08:30 to 17:00
Thursday 08:30 to 17:00
Friday 08:30 to 16:00

A BTHFT ID Badge enables 24 hour access to the Library.

For more information please visit the Library or contact us on

email or telephone (01274 364130)

Follow the library on Twitter: @BTHFTLibrary

All staff are entitled to full library membership. Students are entitled to full Library membership for the duration of their placement with BTHFT. Please complete a registration form either online  or come in to the library to become a member.

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. Books can be renewed 5 times.

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.

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.

There are 18 computers available in the Library.

Wi-Fi is also available

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 

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

Photocopying and scanning facilities are available free of charge for work/study purposes.

Binding and laminating services are available for a fee. Please email for more details.

If you have any feedback about the library service please email or complete this form

If you have any book recommendations please complete this form

February 2020

Resource Of The Month

Trip Database Pro

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

If you want to learn more please email

Randomised Coffee Trials

Randomised Coffee Trials are a way for staff at BTHFT to connect with people they may not otherwise meet. It is an opportunity for people to talk to, and learn from, each other to break down barriers and build communities.

If you sign up to the RCT we will randomly assign you with a person to meet with. We will then email you and the person you have been matched with and you can organise a meeting time which is suitable for you both.

To sign up please complete this form or email if you have any questions

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

The Library has access to databases that provide Information for Patients. We can show you how you too can access these resources and more. To book a session, please email

Patients seeking information should be directed to the Patient Information Centre

If you have a Journal Club the library can provide you with support. We can conduct literature searches to help you find relevant articles to discuss or provide you, or your team, with training on how to find the evidence yourself.

If the article you want to discuss is something the library provides access to we can help you to download it but if it is not we can request it from another library if you complete this form.

We can also provide support on how to effectively undertake critical appraisal.

For further details email

Do you want to keep up-to-date? Would you like to receive the latest news on a subject area that you are interested in? We can help you to keep up to date. We offer numerous current awareness alerts on various topics including many new ones. These alerts are designed to keep you up- to-date with your health specialism. To sign up to any of these please complete this form.

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.

DynaMed is an evidence-based knowledge system that helps clinical staff make the right decisions at the point of care. DynaMed contains over 3000 evidence-based topic summaries covering all aspects of care, giving evidence-graded treatment recommendations as well as diagnostic and other information. It is updated daily and includes links to relevant BNF entries and NICE guidelines.

To book a session, please send an email to

We offer one-to-one or group sessions on a variety of things including

Literature Searching
Using E-resources
Critical Appraisal
Social Media

Please complete this form or email to arrange a suitable time.

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 you would like training on using these resources or things such as finding reliable information please complete this form.

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

You can also register for our current awareness alerts and we can conduct literature searches for you.

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

This section will be updated with the library strategy

Federica Bianchini – Library Lead

Carly Miller – Library Lead

Louise Rawson – Senior Knowledge and Library Assistant

Caroline Hornsby – Knowledge and Library Assistant