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The Trust library provides a service to all staff of the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, South Central Ambulance Service, affiliated organisations and all other NHS staff in the Thames Valley and Wessex areas.



Library reading

The main library is on the first floor of the Trust Education Centre at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

The Library & Knowledge team are:

Lucy Gilham: Acting Library ManagerBeverley Hixon: Librarian, Siobhan Whitebread: Library Assistant

Library services

  • Enquiries
  • Information Skills Training 
  • Literature Search Service
  • Books and journals – The SWIMS Library Catalogue lists books and other resources available in the library, as well as items held by other NHS libraries across Thames Valley, Wessex and the South West of England - see the link on the right hand side of this page.
  • Document supply and Inter-library book requests.
  • Photocopying/printing/scanning.
  • Access to healthcare databases, e-journals, e-books and other online resources (NHS OpenAthens account required).
  • Study space and computers.

For more information see our Library and Knowlwedge Services Guide

Finding the Evidence workshops

These workshops are delivered by the Trust Librarians and are aimed at all RBFT staff with an interest in searching the journal literature to support them in their professional studies, CPD and evidence-based practice.

Attending the workshop will give you the tools to plan and execute an effective search strategy using the Healthcare Databases to identify journal articles and other types of information.

For more information please contact the library.

Online resources


For easy access and to see which titles are available via the library go to http://journals.nice.org.uk/. For more information see our Guide to E-Journals


To find out what e-books are available to you - search the SWIMS catalogue at http://www.swims.nhs.uk 

Healthcare Databases

  • AMED - Allied Health & Complementary Medicine
  • British Nursing Index
  • Cinahl - Nursing
  • Embase - Medicine & Pharmacology
  • HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium -Kings Fund & Dept of Health)
  • Health Business Elite - Healthcare administration and institution management
  • Medline - General medlcine
  • PsycINFO - Psychology
  • Cochrane Library - high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

Point of Care tools 

DynaMed Plus

NHS OpenAthens required outside the Trust.  (Use the links on the Applications menu on the Trust Intranet)

Mobile Apps

BNF & BNFc Apps
are available for mobile devices produced by NICE. Free to NHS staff throughout England - log in using NHS OpenAthens - can be downloaded from Apple iTunes or Google Android Marketplace. 

DynaMed Plus App - login with NHS OpenAthens at http://search.ebscohost.com/ - Under the Spotlight section on the DynaMed Plus homepage, click on "Get the DynaMed Plus Mobile App".

To access the e-resources you need to register for an NHS OpenAthens username and password – see the guide on the right hand side of this page.

Useful Contacts

Trust Library
Trust Education Centre
Royal Berkshire 
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road

0118 322 7849


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