Books and journals

We have over 20,000 books in print and access to hundreds of eBooks in our collection. Our subject coverage is vast and covers disciplines from anatomy to x-ray. In addition to the many medical and nursing textbooks we hold, we also have other related academic books and study guides, books on coaching and mentoring, management and leadership, statistics and research, too many to mention!

​We also hold a large fiction collection, that covers various genres and a leisure collection that covers topics ranging from cookery to camping!

Have a look at our library catalogue for details, see the link below.

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Loan periods:

The bulk of our collection are standard loan books.  Standard loan books have an 8 week loan period for staff and students. Journal issues are available for loan at the Burton site 6 months after publication date. The Burton site also has a number of CDs and DVDs available for loan as well as a Health and Wellbeing and a leisure collection. Derby also have DVDs and CDs (as part of the Dementia Collection), and the Health and Wellbeing books are integrated within the main library stock. 

How many books can I borrow?

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We provide access to over 3000 eJournal titles. A list of available titles can be accessed via NICE Evidence and also through BrowZine. Access to e-Journals requires an NHS OpenAthens login. See our E-Resources section for details.

If you would like an article from a journal that we don't have access to, then we might be able to find a copy for you using our inter library loan system. This service is only available to staff members, student members are encouraged to use the provision of their own institution. 

To find out more about our Inter library loan service through Koha, please click the button below.

Distraction Collection

These resources have been carefully selected to encourage staff and carers to actively engage with patients and relatives, distract  patients with themed boxes, trigger memories and encourage reminiscence in patients with Dementia.

As well as information on Autism, Dementia and Alzheimer's, we also stock picture books, games, CDs, interactive pet models and memory boxes, to help with reminiscence and communication.

To find out more, click the button below.

Hospital Artefacts

We have a number of objects relating to the heritage of the Trust and archive material that we have catalogued, in order to keep a properly maintained archive of these items of historical value.

For more information, click the button below.

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Laptops and Tablets

At the Derby site, if you are working within the library or you have a meeting or presentation booked in one of our rooms, we have laptops and a projector that you can borrow for use in the library. If you need help in setting up the laptop or projector, a member of staff will provide assistance.

​We also have two Samsung Galaxy tablets that can be loaned for 7 days. These come with Microsoft Office programs installed and are WIFI enabled. See Library staff for details.


If there is a book or journal title that you would like to recommend for our collection we would like to hear from you. You can fill out a book/journal recommendation form (below), or contact us via the contact page.