Where is the Library?
The Library is located on Level 5 of the
Education and Research Centre.
When is the Library open?
The Library is staffed from 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to
Library members can also access the Library outside these hours,
from 7am to 11pm, Monday to Sunday. You will need your swipe card
for access when the Library is not staffed.
Can I use the computers?
Anyone who has a UH Bristol PC login is welcome to use the
computers. To set up your login, contact the IT helpdesk on
Is there wifi?
You can get the login details for the Education and Research
Centre guest wifi from the Medical Education department, based on
Level 4 of the Education Centre.
Students from University of Bristol and University of the West
of England can also access eduroam on their own personal
Who can be a Library member?
Library membership is open to all staff and students on
placement at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust.
How do I become a Library member?
You will need to complete and return a Library membership form. This can be
completed electronically (you just type your name in the signature
area) and returned to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or it can be completed in person at the Library. If you complete
the form electronically, you will still need to visit the Library
to collect your Library card.
What are the benefits of being a Library member?
- Print resources: borrowing rights for books and journals in
both print and electronic formats
- E-resources: including essential point of care tools such as UpToDate and ClinicalSkills.net
- OpenAthens enrolment(unless you opt out): get access to
UHBristol subscription resources
- Inter-library loans: if we don't have an article or book that
you need, we can get it for you
- Out of hours Library access: swipe card access to the Library
from 7am - 11pm every day
When will I get an email about my OpenAthens registration?
If you remain opted in to automatic Athens registration when you
complete your membership form, you can expect to receive an email
within two weeks. We will endeavour to register you as quickly as
If you would like to register yourself instead, click here to complete the
online registration form. You will need to register using a Trust
PC and a UH Bristol email address.
I became a Library member at another NHS Trust in the South
West. Do I need to re-register here?
You will still need to complete a membership form once you have
joined UH Bristol so that we can update your details on the system
and so that you can get full access to UH Bristol Library
What is OpenAthens?
OpenAthens is a way of authenticating that you have permission
to access our subscription e-resources. To access our
electronic resources you will need a UH Bristol Athens
How can I get an OpenAthens login?
Click here to
complete the online registration form. You will need to register
using a Trust PC and a UH Bristol email address. Once you have
successfully completed the form, you will be sent an email to you
UH Bristol account with an authentication link.
I have an Athens account from another Trust/University. Do I
still need a UH Bristol account?
You will need a UH Bristol account to access our local
subscription resources. Your previous Athens account might also
expire if you do not update the details.
You can either update the settings of your existing account by
logging in and selecting 'change organisation', or you can set up a
new UH Bristol account by clicking here (you will need to
register using a Trust PC and a UH Bristol email address).
My Athens account has expired. What should I do?
If it is an Athens account from an institution you previously
worked or studied at, you can set up a new UH Bristol account by
clicking here (you
will need to register using a Trust PC and a UH Bristol email
If it is a UH Bristol Athens account, you should be able to
register again here.
I have forgotten my Athens Password. How can I reset it?
If you are on a Trust PC, follow the link to https://register.athensams.net/nhs/forgotten_password.php.
I have forgotten my Athens Username and Password. What should I
You should email email@example.com
with your full name, full work address, work telephone number and
the email address you used to register for the account. In the
email subject line put 'Forgotten username and password'.
It may take up to five working days to receive your username and a
reset password. You should then access the MyAthens site and change
your password to one of your choice.
How long can I borrow a book for?
You can borrow books from our library for 21 days (unless it is
If it is an interlibrary loan, please refer to the date on the
slip inside the book as other libraries have different loan
How can I search for books?
Use the SWIMS
catalogue to search for books and ebooks. The SWIMS catalogue
shows the book holdings of NHS libraries across the South West,
including at UH Bristol.
How can I access a book that the Library does not have?
If you would like to borrow a book that is not held at UH
Bristol, you can request it as an interlibrary loan (see below for
What are the fines for overdue books?
We charge 10p per book for each day it is overdue.
How can I search for e-books?
You can search for and access e-books that the Library owns
through our Library catalogue: https://wv-swims.olib.oclc.org/webview/
(OpenAthens login required).
You can also search for, read briefly, and request the Library
purchases e-books from a collection of over 750,000 titles through
Ebook Central: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uhbristolnhs
(OpenAthens login required).
How does the Ebook Central platform work?
To access the Ebook Central e-book platform, click here: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/uhbristolnhs
(OpenAthens login required). From here, you can search the
collection of over 750,000 e-books.
You can readanye-bookfor 5 minutes. After that time, you will
need to submit a request for the Library to purchase the e-book -
this is done very simply through the e-book platform. We will
consider all requests, and will notify you if/when we purchase your
E-books we have purchased can be read online or downloaded to
your computer or mobile device. Book citations can be exported to
reference management software, and you can also highlight, take
notes and bookmark pages in your online copy.
How can I check if the Library has access to a particular
You can check for particular journals through NHS Evidence: http://www.library.nhs.uk/booksandjournals/journals/.
You will need to login with OpenAthens in order to see the full
selection of journals that we have access to.
I know the Library should have access to a particular journal
issue, but I can't get access. What should I do?
First, try accessing the issue through NHS Evidence: http://www.library.nhs.uk/booksandjournals/journals/.
Where more than one journal access point exists, check the years
and issues covered by that access point.
If you are still unable to access the issue, email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the full bibliographic details of the article or issue that
I would like to consult an article that the Library does not
have access to. What should I do?
You can request the article as an interlibrary loan. See below
for more information.
How do I request an inter-library loan?
You can either fill in the online form
here, or email email@example.com
with the relevant bibliographic details of the item you
How many inter-library loans can I have?
There is no limit for items that we are able to source freely
from our partner NHS libraries.
However, individuals are limited to five British Library
interlibrary loan requests per month. This is because this is an
expensive service for the Library. If the request is for
asystematic review, or related topatient safety, please contact one
of our librarians as further funding may be available.
Do I have to pay for an inter-library loan?
No, our interlibrary loan service is free for you. The only
exception is if you would like more than five British Library items
in one month, in which case we will charge a flat rate of £5.00 for
any extra items beyond the first five.
How long will my inter-library loan request take?
An inter-library loan request will take no longer than five
working days to complete.
UpToDate is the leading evidence-based clinical decision support
system, designed for use at the point of care. It contains more
than 9,500 searchable topics across a vast range of specialities,
and is regularly updated through a strict, expert-led peer review
The Healthcare Databases Advanced Search, part of the NHS
Evidence suite, allows literature searching across eight key
healthcare databases, including Medline, Embase and CINAHL. It
covers a vast wealth of authoritative journals and includes
articles, book chapters, conference abstracts, theses and other
Can I access the Library's e-resources from home?
Yes, you can access all the Library's subscription e-resources
from home via the
Library website (see the
A-Z list for quick links) and using your OpenAthens login
details. If you do not have an OpenAthens account, you can register
here (you will need
to register using a Trust PC and a UH Bristol email address).
Can the Library help me carry out a literature search?
Yes, one of our librarians can either carry out a literature
search on your behalf, or you can arrange for a one-to-one session
with a librarian to go through your search together. For both
options, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
fill out our
What information should I include in a literature search
If you are requesting to have a search done on your behalf by a
librarian, it is useful for you to provide as much information
about your search as possible. Be clear about your focus and
include keywords and phrases you think would be relevant. Also
specify any limits e.g. publication date, population etc., and
anything else you think might assist the librarian in carrying out
What training sessions do you run?
We run three main training sessions, each of which last an hour
(though timing can be tailored to your needs):
- Literature Searching: An in-depth guide on how
to search the Library's electronic and print resources, including
UpToDate and NHS Healthcare Databases. Useful for anybody who wants
to find the best and quickest way to source articles and find
- Critical Appraisal: How to assess the
strengths and weaknesses of published articles. We look at
different research designs, bias and validity, and frameworks that
can be used to support critical appraisal.
- Medical Statistics: A basic introduction to
the key statistics in medical articles. The session gives an
overview of statistics that compare risk, statistics that test
confidence, and forest plots. Additional content focuses on
statistics that analyse clinical investigations and test
We can also give a General Library Introduction, which covers
how to access the Library and its resources, an overview of our
print and electronic resources, and the services and training we
What should I do if I would like to attend a lunchtime drop
You can find the lunchtime drop in schedule here.
If you would like to book on to a particular session, please email
If you are unable to make any of the times and dates, you can
arrange for a one-to-one session with a librarian by emailing email@example.com.
Can I arrange a training session for individuals in my
Of course. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
with the rough details of your request (e.g. who the attendees
would be, any possible dates that would suit you, which session you
would like). A librarian will then be in contact to discuss the
What is a Current Awareness bulletin?
Current Awareness bulletins span a range of specialities. Each
bulletin brings together new publications and content from leading
journals, NICE guidance, Cochrane reviews, updates in UpToDate, and
other sources, tailored to the requirements of the speciality and
user group. They are published on a monthly, bi-monthly or
How can my department / speciality set up a Current Awareness
If you would like to discuss the possibility of setting up a
bulletin for your department or area of speciality, please email email@example.com.
Can you add me to the mailing list for an existing Current
To be added to a mailing list, please email the librarian named
on the specific bulletin. If you cannot find an individual name,