Library and Knowledge Services

Library and Knowledge Services provide a range of resources to help you find the best evidence to support your clinical decisions and patient care. 

The services can help you to: 

  • access a range of electronic resources, books and journals, including books for patients 

  • access the information and literature search service 

  • keep up to date with latest news and information in your area of interest 

  • improve your online searching skills with our training guides and sessions 

Online resources 

Your local library can signpost you to the resources you need. They can also help you to register for an NHS OpenAthens account.

Two examples of nationally available resources for NHS staff are: 

  • The Knowledge and Library Hub - an online search tool that allows you to search for articles, books, journals and more from one place. 

  • BMJ Best Practice - a clinical decision support tool, structured around patient consultation, advice on symptom evaluation, tests and treatment approach. You can access thousands of clinical topics and 6,000+ clinical guidelines.

Evidence searches 

Librarians can identify and collate evidence for you to inform your clinical practice, using a wide range of information sources. 

They can connect you to the knowledge and learning from other organisations. This can establish an evidence base to inform improvements to service delivery and Quality Improvement (QI) work. 

Knowledge sharing 

Register with your local library to receive regular, personalised evidence updates by email based on your clinical and professional interests. The updates will keep you informed of new guidelines, policies, and a range of evidence as it is published. 

Library services in Surrey Heartlands