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Library Services

The Library Service at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides access to resources and services to help all staff and students find and use the best evidence to support patient care, clinical and corporate governance, research, education and professional development.

The Library Service, is based on two main sites and library staff are available to help during normal working hours, although resources can be accessed out of hours.

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 (except on bank holidays).  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

The Library primarily serves all staff and students of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.  Anyone not employed or on placement in the Trust can apply to the Library for membership as an Admitted Reader. To borrow items from the library, you need to become a member and have a York Hospital Library Card.  Please bring your Trust ID Badge 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 all library items and availability are in the online catalogue .  Self service machines are available at both library sites.

If a journal article or book is not available, we may be able to obtain it from other libraries nationwide using our Document Supply Service. 

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 library pages of Staff Room.

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 resources and you can register for an account 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 Annexe

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 the skills of an information professional to your project teams, ward rounds, meetings or committees and so save you time

Why not invite us to your meeting to find out what we can do to help?

Literature Searching

The Clinical Librarians offer an expert searching service to help you find the information you need to support your clinical or non-clinical work, research, service improvement or audit. We can provide you with everything from a few pertinent references to a comprehensive evidence overview and can access a wide range of databases and resources on your behalf.

We can also provide a mediated search or training session if your request is for education or study.  If you would like a literature search please complete the online Request a Literature Search Form (in Library Guides and Forms below).

Database and Information Skills Training

We provide bespoke one-to-one or group training in your workplace or in our training spaces to help you gain confidence in finding up to date high quality information for your work or study, and to get the best out of resources such as Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library.  Our sessions are designed to cover basic knowledge of resources through to more advanced search skills training.  We also offer a scheduled programme of training events.  Our Library Guides and Forms (below) include some helpful information on resources and searching. 

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.

Library Guides and Forms




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