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Searching for books using the NoW catalogue

Using our new library catalogue (NoW North West Libraries) in addition to searching Lancashire Teaching Hospitals’ book collection,  you can search across multiple NHS library collections based in the North West and request for books to be  sent to your local library at Chorley or Preston.

Reserving books using the NoW catalogue.

All members of the library will need to register for a username and password in order to log in to NoW. This will allow you to see the books you have out on loan and reserve new books.  Click on Log in to your account and the choose forgot your password.  Enter your library membership number in the Log in field.  This is usually on the back of your Trust badge and begins NW, RP, or RC. Enter the email address you used to register with the library.  You will be sent an email that will allow you to set a password. After setting your password you will be able to log in to the library catalogue using your library membership number and password.

If you need any assistance, please email the library at or speak to a member of the library staff.

Borrowing books

You can take out 12 books.  Books are normally loaned for a period of four weeks. Books that have no reservation on them are automatically renewed 5 times, after which you will be expected to return your books.

Accessing e-books

You can search our e-book collection using the library catalogue. Please note you will need an OpenAthens account to access our e-books.

Joining the library

If you were previously had an active account with the library there is no need to re-join. To join the library please fill in the online registration form. Once your membership is approved you will be sent a welcome email. You will be then able to create a username and password that will allow you to reserve books online.