Your libraries are here to help you with research, courses, current awareness and finding evidence-based information for patient care.

Find out how the libraries could help you:

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If you have any difficulties with our online forms, please email us your membership, book, article or literature search request.

Sign up to the library

Joining comes with the benefits of 24 hour access to both libraries, articles, books, point of care tools and an expert enquiry service with librarians who have the knowledge and patience to help you find the answers you need.

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Access to articles and electronic resources (Athens)

Books and full text articles

  • Request any book or article through our inter-library loan service.

Athens registration

  • Your gateway to millions of resources especially for healthcare professionals.
  • Having trouble? Contact the library and we'll help.

BNF (British National Formulary)

  • Drug information and interactions, also available as an app on Android and Apple devices.

British Journal of Healthcare Assistants

  • If you would like to stay up to date with this journal you can email us and ask to be put on a mailing list.


  • Over 1000 ebooks, journals, drug monographs and more available to GHNHSFT staff. How to Guide

Cochrane Library

Dynamed Plus

  • Point of care tool delivering current, evidence-based information to find answers to your clinical questions. Available to GHNHSFT staff. How to use Guide.
  • Also available as an app on Android and Apple devices - How to download the app

Evidence Search

  • One box search for approved healthcare evidence, clinical knowledge summaries and the fastest way to NICE guidelines. How to Guide

Healthcare Databases

  • Access to the British Nursing Index, CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE and more. How to Guide

My Journals

  • A-Z of the journals available in full text with Gloucestershire NHS. Not found the article you need? Request it.

NHS Choices

  • Patient focused information including search function for local GPs and dentists, health A-Z and an opportunity to go behind the headlines with Health News to discover if the newspapers have gotten their facts right.

Books, e-books & inter-library loans

Find books using our online catalogue.

You can borrow 8 books for up to 4 weeks and return to either Cheltenham or Gloucester libraries.

  • Renew your books online, by email or call the library. Fines of 20p per day are charged for late returns.

Request any book or article through our inter-library loan service.

E-books - we have a large collection of textbooks through ClinicalKey and access to The Royal Marsden Manual.
Not found what you were looking for?

Staying up to date

We can help keep you up to date with current evidence in a number of ways:

  • Current Awareness Alerts - sign up to KnowledgeShare for a fortnightly alert on your chosen topic(s).
  • Research Alerts - if you've had a literature search from the library this can be set up as a monthly alert.
  • Outreach Visits - ask the library team to come to your department for a short update on our services and how we can help your staff.

Literature searches

  • Do you need high quality research for patient care?
  • Do you need evidence to support your case for an improvement project?
  • Do you feel you don't have the time or confidence to search for yourself?

If so the library can help you find the answers you need!
Just complete this form, send us an email or call the library on 0300 422 6495.

Skills training

Need assistance finding, understanding and referencing evidence? The library offer several training sessions:

  • Finding Evidence - tailored to your requirements we will help you create search strategies and find the information you need.
  • Understanding Evidence - an introduction to critical appraisal, how to assess the quality of evidence based resources.
  • Referencing - learn the importance of referencing correctly
  • NMC Revalidation - an introduction to evidence gathering which gives you an hour toward participatory learning.

Information for patients

Worried about the type of information available online and if you should trust it? Read our handy guide to help you.

Research by our Trust

The library collates research that has been done by members of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Search the database

  • The GHNHSFT Electronic Research Database aims to capture the range of publications and research undertaken by staff at all levels.
  • If you would like to contribute please download this form and send it to us with as much information about your publication as you can.
  • If you have a pre or post print of your publication please include it. We will respect the publishers policies on releasing full text as expressed in Sherpa/Romeo or any conditions you communicate to the Library.

Organisational Knowledge Advisory Service

Retaining knowledge within the Trust is vital, even though a member of staff may leave or a team moves on their knowledge should remain.

If you would like to know more about how to keep hold of the knowledge assets in your department, please contact the library who will be able to help.

Journal Clubs

Journal Clubs are a great way to keep your team up to date with the latest evidence and refresh appraisal skills.
Want to set up a Journal Club? See our guide to help get you started.

Resources for students

Students can use our libraries, connect to our e-resources and get help from our librarians for their courses. Find out more here.

We work with your Universities to help you as much as possible, here are the links to the resources specifically created by your libraries:

Critical Appraisal & Writing for Publication Toolkits

Need some help getting started with Critical Appraisal or getting your work published?

If you need help regarding statistics, please contact Chris Foy in Research & Development.


Some useful podcasts for healthcare professionals: - Intensive care - Talk Medicine - the podcasts from the BMJ journals - Critical care podcast – Nutrition and dietetics

Library Strategy & Annual Report

Privacy Policy for Library Members

Please read the document here for full information regarding our privacy policy and data protection.

Have you heard about Dynamed Plus?

Access our point of care tool today! Just needs Athens.