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Library statement


We continue to provide a range of library services to ensure that you have access to the most up-to-date evidence when you need it. Our libraries will not be staffed in order to comply with social distancing guidance, but this page outlines the many ways that you can get in touch for support. The libraries at Chorley and Preston are available 24/7 using your Trust ID Badge.  If you wish to take a book out, please use our self-issuing machines.  If you have any questions you can email us or chat with a member of the library staff, using our live chat box.  This service is available Mon-Fri: 9 am -5 pm. For the latest news about the library follow us on Twitter and Facebook or sign up to our fortnightly newsletter .

Library support

This section provides information on the services and resources that the library is currently providing.  Do not forget that you can use our Chat box tool to talk to a librarian.  This service is available Mon - Fri: 9 am - 5 pm.

Finding evidence

Finding evidence/literature searching

The library is not currently offering face to face training.  However, we have a number of online resources you can use, and we are happy to arrange a time for a telephone call where we can offer you advice. If you wish to arrange a time, please email the library. If you wish to chat with a librarian now, then try using our live chat service. We are still offering a literature searching service.  Our current policy is to give priority to searches relating to COVID-19. You can request a literature search by filling in our online form.


Access to online resources

To access our online resources you will need an OpenAthens password. You can register for an OpenAthens password from any PC or mobile device.  If you register on a non-Trust PC or mobile device, we will need to approve your application: we aim to respond within one working day. You can also contact us using the Chat Live tool.  This service is available Mon-Fri: 9 am -5 pm.

Join the library

Join the library

You can complete the online form below.  Please note, you must work or study at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals to be a member of the library.  Your membership number will be emailed to you.

Join the library now

Library PCs

Library PCs 

The library has a number of public PCs that are still available.  However, due to a policy of social distancing and the fact that a number of departments have been relocated to the library, we have fewer PCs than usual.  We, therefore, encourage you to complete your e-learning at home.


COVID-19 support

Evidence resources

Evidence sources*

Health Education England have put together a list of evidence resources.  Resources include links to articles relating to COVID-19 in BMJ Best Practice, DynaMed, and UpToDate.  All of these articles are freely available online.  The full list of evidence resources can be found below.

* Please note that some of these resources have been made freely available only for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.

Policies and guidelines

Policies and guidelines

All Trust policies and guidelines relating to COVID-19. Please note that policies and guidelines can only be accessed from a Trust PC.

COVID-19 policies and guidelines
PPE policies and guidelines

Health and well-being

Borrow Box

Borrow Box

Books can really improve your well-being.  With libraries and book shops closing for the near future, maybe this is the time to check out Borrow Box.  Borrow Box is an app that allows you to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks free from your local public library.

Here are the steps you need to take

  1. Install the BorrowBox app on your device 
  2. Select your public library service
  3. Activate Borrow Box  with your library membership number and a PIN 
  4. Borrow free books and eAudiobooks

You can find out more about Lancashire Public Library and Borrow Box here. You can join Lancashire Public Library here.  If you don’t live in Lancashire but work at LTHTR then you can sign up using the Preston Hospital library’s address and postcode. 

Well-being apps


NHS staff (in England) have been given free access to a number of well-being apps from now until the end of December 2020 to support their mental health and well-being.

  • Unmind is a mental health platform that empowers staff to proactively improve their mental wellbeing.
  • Headspace is a science-backed app in mindfulness and meditation,
  • Sleepio is a clinically-evidenced sleep improvement programme that is fully automated and highly personalised, using cognitive behavioural techniques to help improve poor sleep.
  • Daylight is a smartphone-based app that provides help to people experiencing symptoms of worry and anxiety

This article includes information about how to sign up.

Reading well

Reading well

Lancashire Libraries work with The Reading Agency to deliver an initiative called "Reading Well Books on Prescription". The scheme includes a recommended book list for common mental health and long term conditions. Many of these books are now available as an eBook or eAudio book on Borrow Box.  Take a look:    Reading Well On Borrow Box

Covid-19 Education


In response to the rapidly evolving challenges posed by COVID-19, BMJ Learning are providing free access to their most relevant CPD online courses to update and refresh clinical knowledge for those supporting our healthcare systems in the fight against COVID-19.  There are a number of modules relating to health and well-being.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Mental health and COVID-19

This document, produced by the Library and Information Service at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, provides a comprehensive list of online resources to support mental health issues.

Other useful resources include:

COVID-19 Resilience Hub

Royal Marsden Manual, 10th Edition, 2020, Chapter 19, Self-care and wellbeing

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