About us

About us

The Library facilities are open to all NHS staff, and students on placement, working for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, Devon Partnership Trust, Hospice and SWASFT staff working in the North Devon area may also use the library. Staff not employed by the NHS but working in NHS organisations can also register.

Visitors may use the library for reference purposes and photocopying at the discretion of library staff. Private membership is also available.

Opening Hours

8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday

The Healthcare Library may be used outside staffed hours by obtaining the digital lock combination from either the Library staff, or the Sodexo Helpdesk and Porters’ Lodge on Level 2. Identification must be shown when requesting the combination.

Our Mission Statement

To provide our user community with the best possible library and information service, within the resources available to us, thereby ensuring that all NHS staff and registered users have access to the healthcare knowledge base.


Books for reference and loan.


Photocopying facilities – charges of 5p per copy.

Databases. eg. Medline, EMBASE, BNI, CINAHL, PsycINFO, AMED, HMIC

24 hour access to computers.

Literature searches and database training.

Interlibrary Loans.

Loan Period

Books borrowed from the library are normally loaned for 4 weeks at a time but may be renewed if no one else is waiting for them. Healthcare library users can renew this loan period once by going to www.swims.nhs.uk and logging in under My Account, with the library user barcode on their SWIMS card. Please contact the library for subsequent renewals.

Three ‘unseen’ renewals are allowed, after which the book(s) should be brought to the library for re-issue, or return.

Journals, other than the current issue, are loaned for 4 weeks.

Contact: ndht.library@nhs.net

Last updated: December 3, 2019