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Friday, 17 November 2017
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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.



New in November 2017

  • New library catalogue. ELMS. In March the library introduced a new online catalogue covering the stock of all NHS libraries in the east of England. Click here to search the new catalogue.  For information on how to reserve items held in other locations, please call ext. 1544.
  • Training dates.  Click here for the latest list of online literature searching training dates offered by the library
  • Ipswich Hospital staff publications 2015/2016.  Information about staff publications in peer reviewed journals can be found 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.