The Library and Membership
How do I join the library?
Fill in a registration form at the library or online via our website
Do I get a library card when I join the library?
Yes, as a label that can be fixed to the back of your trust ID badge
What are the COVID precautions in the library?
Cleaning wipes, masks, and hand sanitizer are available throughout the library
How do I access the library out-of-hours?
By signing up to the library you are granted 24hour access using your Trust ID Badge which you will need to scan on the library door touch pad
Where is the Library?
The Library at Blackpool Victoria Hospital is located in the education centre next to Home 15
When is the Library open?
The Library is open to members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Library staff are available between 8:30am and 4pm Monday-Friday
What do I need to access the computers in the library?
You will need your own username and password from the IT Department to access the computers in the Library
How many books can I borrow?
You can borrow up to 10 books at a time
Can I borrow out books out-of-hours?
Yes, by using the self-service machine. You will need your library membership number or library card
How long can I borrow books for?
Book loans are for four weeks. You can renew books a maximum of three times, as long as they haven't been reserved by someone else.
Where can I return books?
There is a Book Return box next to the self-service machine where you can return books
How can I search for books?
Will I be fined if my books are overdue?
We charge an overdue fee of 10p a day over the initial return date. If the book is lost, we will be in contact about costing for a replacement book.
What material does the Library hold?
The Library collection covers a range of topics including medicine, nursing, allied health, study and research skills, management and leadership, health and wellbeing. There is also a collection of fiction books.
A book I need is not on the catalogue. How do I request a book?
If there is a specific book that you require you can request that we borrow a copy from another Library by emailing the Library team
Do you have ILS/ PILS books?
Yes we do have both adult and paediatric ILS books. You must be a library member to take them out and be within 2 weeks of your course date.
How can I get an NHS OpenAthens account?
What online resources do you have?
The best way to find and access our resources is via the Knowledge and Library Hub. Sign in with your OpenAthens account to search for eJournals and eBooks, and follow the links to databases and other resources.
How do I access UpToDate?
We recommend that you set up a personal UpToDate account via the Trust network, which will allow you to access UpToDate at home and via the mobile app. Click here for more information.
How do I request an article?
If you require a copy of a specific article please complete the ‘request an article’ form
Do you have a printer?
Yes, we have a colour printer which has scanning and photocopying functionality. Printing is only for work purposes.
Is there an internal telephone I can use?
Yes, a telephone is present on the left-hand side of the main library door.
How do I book a room to do some quiet group study, run a training session or do some quiet solo study?
The room booking system can be used to book the library IT room and we have three study pods available to be used on a first come first served basis (the study pods are only bookable under certain special circumstances, please speak to a member of the Library team)