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COVID-19 plans in the event of library closure

The Library remains open at the moment, albeit with reduced staffing and some staff remote working.

In the event that the library has to be closed due to COVID-19, we will be offering a virtual service.

If that is the case, there are a number of resources and services which will be available to you both at home or in the workplace:

  • UpToDate and BMJ Best Practice
    These point of care tools are both available via Hub>Non-Clinical Systems if you are working on site, or with an NHS OpenAthens account if you are working from home.
  • Journals and Databases
    You can access a wealth of information, research and journal articles from the Journals and Databases section of NHS Evidence. You will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the databases and journals.
  • Document supply
    If your NHS OpenAthens account doesn’t give you access to an article you need, please complete our journal article request form, and we’ll try and obtain a copy for you. This may take slightly longer than usual, but we’ll do our best to get you what you need.
  • E-books
    If the library is closed, you won’t be able to borrow or return our print books – if you have some out already, just hold onto them for now. We have a growing collection of e-books you can access with your NHS OpenAthens account, to browse the collections, see our E-Books page. If there is a particular book you need, use our book/chapter request form and we can try and source electronic access for you, where possible.
  • Training
    While we won’t be able to offer face-to-face training, if you need any help with learning how to access the journals, or search the databases, we have a Searching Help guide, and library staff who will be able to help you remotely. We’re looking into video conferencing and remote training tools.
  • Literature search service
    We will be offering a remote literature search service for Trust/clinical related evidence searches (not for academic purposes). Please complete a literature search request form and one of the team will complete a search for you, although this may take a little longer than it usually does, so please give as much notice as you can.
  • Evidence updates
    If you want to stay up to date with the latest articles and evidence in your area, you can sign up for our KnowledgeShare evidence update service. Complete our KnowledgeShare registration form and we’ll set up a profile for you, and you will start receiving regular evidence updates by email.
  • Topic Guides
    Did you know about our Topic guides, which provide information resources for a whole host of specialties? If you’d like one for your specialty or clinical area, please get in touch and we can set one up for you.

There are also lots of resources and Help on our library website.

If there is anything you need, library staff will be available via email rde-tr.library@nhs.net or Twitter.

Stay safe and well.

 


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