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Nursing Professionals NHS Library Guide

This guide gives an overview of library resources and services for NHS nursing, nursing associate and healthcare assistance staff.

A guide for Nursing Professionals at St George's

In this guide you will find information about resources and library services available to nursing, nurse associate and healthcare assistant staff at  St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust staff.

  • OpenAthens - How to register for an OpenAthens account and how to access NHS England core content resources using OpenAthens
  • Books | Journals | Databases - What resources are available from the Library and how to search and access those resources
  • Finding the Evidence - This guide examines the benefits of Evidence Based Healthcare; looks at principles of literature searching, with links to resources to help support your decision making
  • Tools and tips to help you keep up-to-date with the latest developments in your field

Using the Library

The library offers a wide range of services to support you with your clinical practice.

You also have three NHS Librarians available to help with any additional needs or enquiries you may have, including 1:1 training.

Karen John-Piere (NHS and Liaison Manager) email: tel: 020 8725 5433

Stephen Reid (NHS Liaison Support Librarian and OpenAthens Administrator) email: tel: 020 8725 5433


The Library is open: 8am - 11pm Mon-Fri (Security presence only after 6pm), 9am-9pm Sat-Sun (Security presence only all weekend)

Access: You will need your St George's NHS staff card or library access card to access the Library and Computer Rooms. The Library and Computer Rooms are on 1st floor of Hunter Wing.

Library map


There are a range of study spaces available:

  • Computer Rooms
  • Silent study space
  • Quiet group study space

HelpDesk icon Open: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm
Location: Library entrance
Phone: 020 8725 5466


The helpdesk can assist you with

  • general library related enquiries,
  • help accessing the library,
  • managing your library account. 

Outside of these times the library is self-service only. Self-service hours refer to periods when the library is open, but unstaffed.

Research Enquiries Desk icon Open: Currently closed but you can find us online every weekday from 12-1 here: Online drop-ins
Location: Quiet Study Area.
Phone: 020 8725 5514.


This is a drop-in service where you can get help with finding and accessing information, referencing and much more...

*Opening hours can be subject to change, please call the helpdesk to check availability.


computer rooms icon Open: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Location: First floor, Hunter Wing.



  • In the main computer room there are four computers linked to the NHS network.
  • NHS staff can also use the university computers, please ask at the library helpdesk for a university network login.


  • You can print for free from the NHS printer connected to the four NHS computers in the main computer room.
  • Charges apply when printing from the SGUL computers. You will need to ensure you have credit on your printing/photocopy account.
  • To top-up and check your balance use the cash-loader in the main computer room by manually typing in the login username and password you use for SGUL networked computers. The loader accepts coins and notes but does not give change.

There are multi-functional printer/photocopier/scanners available in the Library and Computer Rooms. To access the multi-functional devices you will need to:


What services are available during self-service hours?

During self-service hours, you will be able to:

  • Come into the Library (with a valid ID or library card)
  • Return books in the returns slot outside the Library
  • Borrow and renew items using the self-service system
  • Pay library fines using the self-service system
  • Use computers (with a valid network login)
  • Borrow a self-service netbook
  • Top up your printing/photocopy account
  • Print & photocopy

You will not be able to:

  • Enter without a valid ID or library card
  • Collect reserved books
  • Purchase books from the sale trolley
  • Receive assistance with the computers or printers
  • Obtain a network login (username/password)


Can I bring food into the library?

No food is permitted in the Library. Drinks (in lidded containers) are allowed.



What are the rules on mobile phones in the library?

You can use the silent functions only, please do not make or receive calls in the Library.
Please respect others by observing the specific rules displayed in the Quiet and Silent study areas.


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