Library Catalogue

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Library Catalogue (SWIMS)


What is the SWIMS Library Catalogue?

SWIMS is a library catalogue that is shared by all NHS libraries across the South and West of England. SWIMS enables you to search for books and other items held at your local NHS library, see items held by other NHS libraries in the region, and to view and renew your loans online

SWIMS is available to access online from anywhere. Go to:


How can the SWIMS Library Catalogue help me?

You can:

  • search for books and journals held at NDDH and other NHS libraries
  • view a list of books borrowed*
  • renew your books*
  • create reading lists*
  • share records with colleagues

*Requires a SWIMS Library Account


How do I create a SWIMS Library account?

The first time you login you must activate your library account before you login. To do this:

  1. Go to:
  2. Click the Login option in the blue menu bar. A login box will appear.
  3. In the Username field enter either your library barcode or registered email address. Then click the link under Reset your pin.
  4. Check your registered email account for an activation email. This email will contain a link when you click it you will be asked to set a pin for your library account.


How do I renew my book loans on the SWIMS Library Catalogue?

  1. Go to:
  2. To access your account, please click the Login link and follow the instructions.
  3. Once you have set a PIN and logged in, renewal is simple: in the left hand column you will see your personal account information.
  4. Access Current loans and click in the box of the book you want to renew, click Renew selected loans; alternatively you can click Renew all loans


How do I search the SWIMS Library Catalogue?

For guidance, visit our page on searching the catalogue or contact us.


SWIMS Library Catalogue Guide

A short PDF guide to using the SWIMS Library Catalogue is available here.

Last updated: June 17, 2021