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General enquiries

General Enquiries

Opening hours

Royal Preston

Mon, Tue, Thu: 09:00—19:00
Wed, Fri: 09:00—17:00

Telephone: 01772 522763

Chorley Hospital

Mon—Fri: 09:00—17:00

Telephone: 01257 245606

Library Manager

Library Services Manager

Tracey Pratchett 

Tel No. 01772522717 Tracey Pratchett, Library Services Manager


As the manager of the library service I am responsible for service delivery, resources, staff management and finances.

You can ask me about the following:     

  • Purchasing library resources
  • Knowledge and information management
  • Organisational learning
  • New approaches to delivering library services
  • Library strategy


Clinical Librarian Team

Clinical Librarian Team

Tel No. 01772524763

Emily Hurt, Clinical LibrarianJoanne Taylor (Clinical Librarian)    Eva Thackeray, Assistant Clinical LibrarianZareena Mulla (Assistant Clinical Librarian)

Emily Hurt (Clinical Librarian)


Joanne Taylor (Clinical Librarian)


Eva Thackeray (Assistant Clinical Librarian)


Zareena Mulla (Assistant Clinical Librarian)


We provide support for staff and students to ensure they have access to the best available evidence – helping you provide excellent patient care.

You can ask us about the following:


  • Literature searches
  • Critical appraisal training
  • Literature search training
  • Journal clubs
  • Finding evidence for guidelines and policies
  • Finding evidence for patient information leaflets
  • Referencing
  • Library services support for research projects

E-Resources team

E-Resources Team

Tel No. 01772524763

Andrew Craig, Electronic Resources Officer   Amy Belch (Assistant Clinical Librarian)

Andrew Craig (Electronic Resources Officer)


Amy Belch (Assistant Electronic Resources Officer)


The E-Resources team are responsible for managing the Library's electronic resources.   

You can contact us if you have any of the following issues:

  • Problems accessing the library's electronic resources
  • Need help with your Athens password
  • Interested in finding out more about our current awareness services
  • Having problems with the library's websites 
  • Interested in our social media presense



Operational Team Photo

Operational Team

Preston Tel No. 01772522763 | Chorley Tel. No. 01257 245606

Operational Team


The Operational Team is responsible for the library enquiries desk and the management of the physical stock. We are interested in taking the library to our staff so we offer a pop up library service where the library will deliver books to you.


You can ask the operational team about the following:

  • Help obtaining books and journal articles
  • Issuing and returning books including the payment of fines
  • Troubleshooting basic IT issues
  • Help with printing, scanning and photocopying
  • Signposting you to the right resource