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Welcome to Blackpool Teaching Hospitals Library

A professional library and information service for all NHS Trust staff and students who work across Blackpool, Fylde, Wyre and North Lancashire.

We hope that you will make the most of our services and if you have any suggestions on how we can improve please let us know: complete our short survey here


We are proud to announce that the Library service has received its annual 'The Library Quality Assurance Framework' (LQAF) accreditation score and has achieved 100%!






Library News!

New Pop-up Library Service

Coming soon to Lytham and St Annes PCC's

Starting this October we will be bringing the Library service out to staff working in and around Lytham and St Annes.  If you are in the area on Tuesday 9th October or Tuesday 16th October then pop in and see us to find out more.

New Content Added to ClinicalKey and UpToDate

See below for a list of new content added to ClinicalKey and UpToDate to support your evidence based practice

ClinicalKey and UpToDate - October 2018

ClinicalKey-and-UpToDate-September 2018

Access ClinicalKey and UpToDate anywhere, anytime with your OpenAthens username and password!

BMJ Best Practice




We now have access to BMJ Best Practice.  BMJ Best Practice is a clinical support tool that takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence based information, whenever and wherever you need it.

To access this resource click here and select the OpenAthens button, log in with your OpenAthens credentials.  You can also choose to register for a free personal account, with a personal account you can download the BMJ Best Practice APP and track your CME/CPD activity.  See the guide on 'how to get started'.

Useful iPhone Apps for Clinical/ Non-clinical staff and patients

Following the success of the previous "Useful iPhone Apps Guide" the EdTC Library have produced this new and updated list of useful apps for both clinical staff and patients.  To view the new list click here

Clinical Key Mobile App

Click here for instructions on how to access the Clinical Key Mobile App.

Online Training Modules:-

How to search the literature effectively



For more information see our Training Page

Dedicated Library Service for Ambulance Trusts across the UK

Great news for Ambulance Trusts across the UK... Your own dedicated Library Service



Whilst Ambulance staff are still welcome to use their local NHS Library you now have your own dedicated Library service - offering tailored information to keep you up to date with developments in your specialist area of expertise.  Click here to find out more about this brand new Library service.

Information Skills Training

Drop-in sessions... learn more about our online resources and how to access them, for more information click here

Library Training Courses will be running from the 9th February, for more information see our Information Skills Training page.


New Library App...

Click here to find out more!

Health Education England is committed to:

  • Enabling all NHS workforce members to access library and knowledge services so that they can use the right knowledge and evidence to achieve excellent healthcare and health improvement.
  • Developing NHS librarians and knowledge specialists to use their expertise to mobilise evidence obtained from research and organisational knowledge to underpin decision making.

In support of the above commitments, we are participating in the #AMillionDecisions campaign promoting the work of library and information professionals in the NHS

Find out how you can support the campaign here

Exciting News...

uptodate-anywhere-delivers-new-mhealth-clinician-resourceOur subscription to UpToDate now includes UpToDate Anywhere, available as an APP on your mobile device.  For instructions on how to download and start using 'UpToDate Anywhere' see the instruction sheet below.


Now available to all staff...

The UK's widest range of clinical nursing journals as well as leading titles in midwifery, dental nursing and pre-hospital care... titles include British Journal of Nursing, British Journal of Midwifery, British Journal of Community Nursing and Nurse Prescribing.

Access with your OpenAthens username and password.

It's back...


ClinicalKey drives better care by delivering fast, concise answers when every second counts, and deep access to evidence whenever, wherever it is needed.

Key features and content:

  • Over 600 full text journals
  • Over 2000 full text e-books
  • Smart Search
  • Procedures Consult - 300 procedural videos in various specialties
  • Make presentations with over 2 million images
  • Topic Pages easy access to information about disease risk factors, treatments and more

Log in with your OpenAthens password at

Have you checked out our E-Books?

Anytime... Anywhere... 100s of titles available!

No need to reserve, no return date, no late fees.  All you need is OpenAthens (to register click here).

See our Accessing ebooks hand out for more information.

iPads for Loan

The Library has two iPads that are available for loan for a period of 1 week at a time. The iPads can be borrowed for work, educational and recreational use. There is no charge to borrow an iPad but you must be a member of the Library.

For more information or to request to borrow an iPad please contact the Library staff. (Terms and conditions apply).

Medical Masterclass

Medical Masterclass logoStaff studying for the MRCP(UK) exams may ask the library for a username and password in order to make use of this online self-assessment question-and-answer resource.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

(Public Health Teams – did you know you can access your library service here Knowledge and Library Services)