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.

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.

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 Journal article or book chapter you need, we can request PDF copies for you from the British Library or other NHS libraries. The article request form is available online here

Bradford Teaching Hospitals are currently working in partnership with Airedale NHS Trust on providing literature searches. For any future requests, please fill in their online literature search form and the results will be emailed to you.

The library subscribes to a number of ebook providers including ProQuest Ebook Central , EBSCOhost eBook Collection

The library also provides access to the online versions of the  BNF , Oxford Medicine books (including Oxford Handbooks) and the Royal Marsden Manual 10 (RMM10) . These websites have a useful feature of a search-box to use keywords to search through the chapters of  key clinical manuals. There’s now no need to thumb through large textbooks to find the answer!

To login to these websites, you just need your Trust Open Athens logins. If you already have Open Athens logins from a previous organisation, you just need to email us so we can update them. If you are new to Open Athens logins the sign up form is here:

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 also access our eBook collections.

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 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 and Updates

If you have any queries about the library service please email 

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