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The Library is now open and offering staffed services Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00.

You can contact the Library staff via email: library@royalberkshire.nhs.uk or phone 0118 322 7849.

You can access the Library using your Trust ID card from 07:00-00:00.
If you use our space please observe social distancing rules and wear a mask.

See our COVID FAQs for more information.

You can find many answers to FAQs on LibAnswers and chat with Library staff using the LibChat feature.



Library reading

Click here to see our Tips for remote working

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

Library services

  • Enquiries
  • Information Skills Training 
  • Literature Search Service
  • LibAnswers - click here to see our FAQs or ask us your own question
  • LibGuides -  click here to see all our resources for specific specialties or topics
  • 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.
  • Staff Publications List (download from the link on the right)

For more information see our Library and Knowledge Services Guide

Privacy Policy

If you would like to register to borrow books from the library please first read the library membership and KnowledgeShare  privacy policy notice available from the link on the right before completing and returning the SWIMS registration form. If you register with the Library you agree to your data being held in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (2018) for use in the library system shared by NHS libraries in the South West, Thames Valley and Wessex and within other library management systems as required to provide inter-library loans, literature searches and current awareness services requested by you.

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.

To book, please complete and return the FEW Booking Form. For more information please contact the library.

Online resources

Discovery Service

To search all our electronic books, journals and more use our Discovery Service


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 https://swims.inforlib.uk/iguana/www.main.cls?surl=HEE 

Healthcare Databases

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

Point of Care tools 


BMJ Best Practice

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

Mobile Apps

BMJ Best Practice is available as an app. You need to create a personal account then download the app from your Apple or Google Play store.

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. 

UpToDate is available as an app. You need to create a personal account then download the app from your Apple or Google Play store.


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.


The Library & Knowledge team are:


Alison Horner Le Riche: Library & Knowledge Services Manager

Beverley Hixon: Library and Knowledge Specialist

Katie Wise: Library Assistant

Victoria Harrison: Library and Knowledge Specialist

Useful contacts

Trust Library
Trust Education Centre
Royal Berkshire 
NHS Foundation Trust
Craven Road
Reading RG1 5AN

0118 322 7849


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