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Library Services

The York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Library Service, is based on two main sites:

The York Hospital

The York Hospital Library is based on the 1st floor of York St John (YSJ) University Library which is five minutes walk from the main hospital site. Public car parking is available at Union Terrace Car Park.

The Library is staffed from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  However users can access the Library's facilities outside these hours when the YSJ University Library is open.  See YSJ Library Opening Hours

There is also the Library Annexe (with 24/7 pc access) at the front of the hospital site in the Magnolia Centre which can be accessed with a Trust ID badge.

Scarborough Hospital

Scarborough Hospital Library is in the Postgraduate Education Centre on the main Scarborough Hospital site.

The Library is staffed from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4.30pm on Friday.  Out of hours access is available 6am to 11pm, please ask for a door code.


  Library Telephone  Email 
 York Hospital  01904 726712
 Scarborough Hospital  01723 342184

Library Services

All employees of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust can join the Library. Please bring your staff ID card to the library counter at either site. An introduction and tour of the Library is available.

Advice and support can also be obtained via telephone, email or post.

Books and Journals

The Library has a wide range of titles covering all aspects of clinical and non-clinical services. Details of our collection can be accessed through the catalogue . If a journal article or book is not available, we may be able to obtain it from other libraries nationwide.  Self service machines are available at both sites.

Community Postal Loan Service

The Community Postal Loan Service is available to all Trust staff working at community sites.

The service does not cover staff based at York or Scarborough, HYMS students or Admitted Readers.

Books loaned via the Community Postal Loan Service should be returned to the issuing library and a return address label will be enclosed with the book(s).

Please  check the online library catalogue for stock availability and then request the item(s) needed using the online Community Postal Loan Request Form on the "Forms, Guides and Links" page of the Horizon Library pages.

Please note that only books from York and Scarborough Hospital Libraries can be requested, not YSJ or for reference only books.


Full-text journals, books and databases are available via NHS Evidence. A NHS OpenAthens account is required to access these and you can register at the same website.

PC/Internet Access

Computers, printers, scanners and photocopiers are available at both Library sites and 24/7 pc access at the Library Annex

Clinical Librarians

Clinical Librarians support the work of the Trust with high quality information delivered at the point of need.

We can join your team and provide immediate access to information in either a clinical or management setting.  We can contribute to your project teams, ward rounds, meetings or committees

Invite us to your meeting to find out what we offer.

Literature Searching

The Clinical Librarians provide an expert searching service and can provide everything from a few references to a comprehensive evidence overview to support your work, research, service improvement or audit.  We can access a wide range of databases and resources on your behalf.

We provide a mediated search or training session if your request is for education and study..

Database and Information Skills Training

We provide personalised 121 or group training in your workplace or in our training spaces.  This can be basic through to advanced training on how to find information for your work or study, including Medline, Embase and Cochrane Library.

Contact us to arrange a session:

  • Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington sites plus surrounding community - Jan Godwin,, ext. 7716242
  • York, Selby, Malton, St Monicas/Archways sites plus surrounding community - Margaret Scarce,, ext. 7726718

We welcome your feedback to improve our service, so please get in touch.

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