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Basildon Healthcare Library Harlow Healthcare Library

IMPORTANT - Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Basildon Healthcare Library is re-opening on Monday 13th July and will be staffed Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm. Harlow Healthcare Library will not be offering a face to face enquiry service. We can still deal with all of your enquiries via email Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Books can be returned in the drop box located in the Education Centre at Basildon or in the Parndon Hall entrance porch.

You can renew your books on ELMS with your user ID (barcode number at the back of your Library card) and PIN (4 digits of your YEAR of birth).

Email the Library for OpenAthens enquiries or vist the NHS Athens page on this website .

No training is available but you can watch short videos developped by colleagues at Papworth for Reflective Writing, Academic Writing, Writing for publication, Critical Appraisal Resource

Contact details can be found on the contact page.

For information resources available about Covid-19, please check our Coronavirus page on this website.

Basildon & Harlow Healthcare Libraries

are multidisciplinary libraries which support all NHS and Social Care staff including Students on placement based in Essex, in their everyday working practice. The Library provides electronic resources, details of which are available on this website. We support a wide range of activities, from evidence-based practice to professional development to research.

Basildon Healthcare Library is working with the library at Princess Alexandra Hospital at Harlow to develop a consistent, high quality library service to two Trusts, improving standards, streamlining current processes and introducing new services such as a Clinical Librarian Service across the sites.

Welcome to the Library video

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IMPORTANT Contingency Arrangement

Basildon Healthcare Library will reopen on Monday 13th July and will be staffed Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm. Harlow Healthcare Library will not be offering a face to face enquiry service. We can still deal with all of your enquiries via email Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Contact details can be found on the contact page. Any other information can be found on this website.

Manager of the Year Award

Liz Hunwick and Sarah Lanney who co-manage Basildon and Harlow Healthcare Libraries have won the prestigious UKeIG & K&IM Information Managers of the Year Award. The Awards evening was held at the CILIP headquarters in London on Wednesday 13 November. They won this award after being recognised as individuals who have made a significant contribution to the discipline of knowledge and information management through their work and professionalism.

UpToDate Anywhere

Basildon and Princess Alexandra Staff now have access to UpToDate Anywhere which allows you to install the App on up to 2 mobile devices for quicker access. Please find instructions on how to set this up at Basildon and Harlow.


KnowledgeShare_logo is our targeted current awareness service. The alerts include resources like guidelines, systematic reviews and selected high-level journals - you will not be inundated with primary research articles. Please complete a registration form to set up current awareness service tailored to your professional interests. In order to access the KnowledgeShare system you need to log in using your OpenAthens ID.


The BNF & BNFC App is available to NHS staff and gives you access to practical, evidence-based medicines information wherever you are. The BNF Publications App can be downloaded from the App Store for iOS devices, and Google Play for Android devices.


BMJ Case reports

All staff have access to HSJ when registering with a valid MSE & PAH email account.

HSJ is unique in covering all aspects of english healthcare.

HSJ local is an invaluable resource that allows you to keep up-to-date with your local NHS organisations, preparing you for any conversations that you may have.

You can access a user guide online to help you make the most of the service.

Be sure to download the HSJ App.

Oxford Handbooks Collection: a collaborative purchase by Library & Knowledge Services in Essex

Oxford Medicine Online provides staff with access to over 60 Oxford Handbook titles in medical and surgical specialties.

You can access the ebooks with your NHS OpenAthens. Click here, enter your login details and select "NHS England" as your organisation.

The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

closureThe Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures provides evidence-based clinical skills and procedures related to essential aspects of a patient's care with a valid NHS OpenAthens password.


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New Stock

New books recently added at Basildon


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