Library Services

Library & information services are provided free of charge to Health and Social Care (HSC) and Public Safety (PS) staff throughout Northern Ireland.

Services are provided from 6 main libraries in different parts of the province and through The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland website which is the primary gateway to electronic resources for local HSC professionals.

The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At Altnagelvin Area Hospital is the main library in the Western Health & Social Care Trust and provides services to HSC staff, Public Safety staff, HSC placement students and QUB staff and students. It is located at the MDEC Building, Altnagelvin Hospital.


What Services are Available?

  • Borrow books from any Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland and  Queen's University Library.
  • Online catalogue for details of print and electronic resources.
  • Search an extensive collection of databases and electronic journals.
  • Requesting Service for books, and articles not available in full-text.
  • Renew books and manage your library account online.
  • Get training and support.

What Help is Available?

  • Tailored advice on literature searching and training in the use of electronic resources is available.
  • Help and advice is available in all libraries. Staff are there to help users to make the best possible use of its resources. The Trust Librarian and Subject Librarians can offer help in specific disciplines or areas of research.

How Do I Access Services?

Other Libraries in the Trust

Other libraries in the Trust are listed below.

  • South West Acute Hospital, Enniskillen
  • Grangewood, Gransha Park, Londonderry
  • Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital, Omagh

 Location & Opening Hours

 

The Healthcare Library of
Northern Ireland

MDEC Building,
Altnagelvin Area Hospital,
Londonderry
BT47 6SB

Tel: 028 7129 6168

Monday-Wednesday  

 9.00am - 8.00pm
(Summer: 9am-5pm)

Thursday-Friday

 9.00am - 5.00 pm
(Summer:  9am - 5pm)

 Saturday  9.30am - 1.00pm
(Summer: Closed)

South West Acute Hospital Library
Level 1 
South West Acute Hospital 
Enniskillen  
Co Fermanagh
BT74 6DN

Tel: 028 7129 6168

 Swipe Card Access  

Grangewood Library
Gransha Park
Londonderry
BT47 1TF

Tel: 028 7129 6168

 Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital Library
Cedar Villa
Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital
Omag
Co Tyrone

 Monday-Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

 

 
Membership

Employees of the Health and Social Care Services (HSC) and Public Safety (PS) authorities are entitled to become registered members of The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland.

  • HSC & PS staff should complete the Registration Form.
  • Placement students in the Trust should contact The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At Altnagelvin Area Hospital to see if they are eligible for HSC Student Membership.
  • Associate Membership offers a limited service to those not otherwise eligible, on payment of an annual subscription.
  • Registered members can renew their registration using the Online Renewal Form.

Borrowing

All items borrowed must be returned or renewed by the due date. This can be checked by using My Account or by asking library staff at the Issue Desks.

My Account allows you to view and manage your library transactions online. It can be used to check the due dates of  loans, renew loans, view active document requests and charges.

  • Loans: HSC members can borrow 15 books for up to 4 weeks. HSC students can borrow 6 books for up to 4 weeks.
  • Renewals: Books due for return can be renewed up to 5 times if not requested by another member, in which case they must then be returned to the Library. Material can be renewed by using My Account or by contacting The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At Altnagelvin Area Hospital.
  • Returns: Books should be returned by the due date to the Library from which they were borrowed. Members should remember that they are responsible for the safe return of books if returning items by post.

Requests

  • Making Requests: Books that are on loan can be requested online.
  • Requested items: All loans are subject to recall if requested by another library member.
  • Members are notified if their loans have been recalled.
  • Fines: All overdue loans are subject to fines. Library members may not be able to borrow if they have any outstanding charges. The following rates apply:
  • 4 week loan 10p per item per day
  • It is important to check My Account regularly to avoid unnecessary fines.

Book & Article Requesting

The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At Altnagelvin Area Hospital can supply books both from within the Queen's University system and from the British Library via Inter-Library Loans (ILL).

Online Resources

The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland website is the online gateway for HSC & PS staff, offering access to high quality information resources such as databases, e-book, e-journals, clinical guidelines and respected internet sites.

Further information is available here.

Training and help with using The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland website is available from the Trust Library Service Team and also the Subject Librarian Team who are based in The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At The Royal Victoria Hospital.

Training & Support

Library members can take advantage of the free training and support provided the Trust Library Service Team and by the Subject Librarians based at The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At The Royal Victoria Hospital site. Training sessions either on an individual or on a group basis can be requested. Training can be tailored to meet member’s needs, such as:

  • An overview of The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland services available to HSC staff
  • Searching the e-resources available through The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland website
  • Specific database searching skills
  • Developing literature searches 

Other Facilities

Photocopying facilities are available at:

  • The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At Altnagelvin Area Hospital
  • South West Acute Hospital Library

Study space is available at:

  • The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At Altnagelvin Area Hospital (52 spaces)
  • South West Acute Hospital Library, Enniskillen (24 spaces)
  • Grangewood Library, Gransha Park (10 spaces)
  • Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital Library (4 spaces)

ICT

  • The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland At Altnagelvin Area Hospital (15 PCs, internet access, printing, scanning, Wi-Fi)
  • South West Acute Hospital Library, Enniskillen (10 PCs, internet access, printing, Wi-Fi)
  • Grangewood Library, Gransha Park (4 PCs, internet access, printing, scanning, Wi-Fi)
  • Tyrone & Fermanagh Hospital Library (2 PCs, internet access, printing)

Contact Us

The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland
MDEC Building
Altnagelvin Area Hospital
Londonderry
BT47 6SB

Tel: 028 7129 6168
Email: healthcare.library@westerntrust.hscni.net