Using the libraries

Welcome to the Library and Knowledge Service

Here’s a brief introduction to the services and resources we offer, or you can explore the libraries via our 3D virtual tours:

Join the library

NHS staff and students, and those affiliated to the NHS, may apply to join the Library and Knowledge Service either in person or online.

Online application form. Bring your NHS ID badge to register.

Patients and the public may also use the libraries on a reference only basis. Private membership is available for non-NHS readers during library staffed hours only on payment of an annual subscription.

More information about who can join.

Use the library facilities

You can find details about library access and facilities for computing, photocopying, printing and scanning on the Use the Library Facilities page.


The RSCH, PRH and MVH libraries are COVID-19 low risk areas and masks are available but not required.

Hand sanitisers are in the public areas of all our libraries.