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Please contact Ipswich Hospital Library email: hospital.library@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk or secure email chu-ftr.libraryservices@nhs.net tel. 01473 702544 ext. 1544 and we will send you a library registration form.


01473 702544 (Ext 1544)


Library & Learning Resources
Education Centre
Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust
Heath Road
Ipswich IP4 5PD

Staffed hours:

Monday – Friday
8.30 – 17.00.

Out of hours smartcard access is available: contact the library office for details.



This website is no longer functional.  Please contact Ipswich Hospital Library direct for any queries re. library registration, training, journal and book article requests and literature search requests email: hospital.library@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk tel. 01473 702544 ext. 1544 – secure email chu-ftr.libraryservices@nhs.net.  For more information on Ipswich Hospital Library please click here.

What's new?

  • Training dates.  Click here for the latest list of online literature searching training dates offered by the library.
  • UpToDate access is available at Ipswich Hospital.  
  • Clinical Key is here! All staff can access Clinical Key here via an NHS Athens password.  Clinical Key offers a fully searchable healthcare resource: including over 600 full-text medical journals and 1,200 ebooks, taken from the publisher Elsevier's vast library of medical and surgical content.  Contact the library staff for more details email hospital.library@ipswichhospital.nhs.uk
  • GDPR and the library. See the library's new privacy policy here.
  • Patient and public healthcare information. Access to the best quality patient information resources here.

The library provides resources and services to all NHS staff employed by Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, undergraduate and medical students on placement and also staff employed by Suffolk Community Healthcare. We have a strong commitment to providing a high quality service for all of our users. Our service standards, updated in 2017 for users can be found here.

Key services and resources

  • Access to online content: Access to a range of online journals covering all aspects of healthcare. All journals are now online-only and accessed via an NHS Athens password. Guides to the online content can be found on our Leaflets and Guides page.
  • Document supply: We will identify, locate, download and supply articles on your behalf. Most articles are now supplied free of charge.
  • Information support and search services: We will search the online healthcare literature on your behalf. Searches can be brief; “I’d like more information about …” to extended, structured searches in support of original research and systematic reviews. Call or email us to discuss your requirements.
  • Training: We offer a range of training that ranges from how to find and access online journals to how to carry out detailed healthcare database searches. See our training page for more information.
  • Books  The library holds more than 6000 books covering all aspects of medicine and healthcare, including mental health.

Library Charges (Updated June 2017)

  • Printing and photocopying. A4 4p/page. A3 8p/page. (single-sided)
  • Overdue books. Standard loan 10p/day. Short loan 25p/day


To find out more about any of these services, see our Key Services and Resources page.