Airedale NHS Knowledge & Library Services

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Assistant librarian Martyn with books in the library

Airedale NHS Knowledge & Library Services can be used by all NHS employees and students on placement at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust.

We offer a range of resources and services to enhance clinical practice, service development, and all aspects of learning and continued professional development. Our primary function is to provide relevant, high-quality information to support you in your role.

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

Click here to access the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

This easy-to-use search tool will help you find the information you need. With one-click access to full articles, options to browse the contents of journal issues, and links to databases for in-depth searching, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub is here for all your searching needs.

Once you have registered for an OpenAthens account, you will be able to use the Knowledge and Library Hub to access:

  • Over 7,000 journals
  • Books and e-publications, including over 130 Oxford University Press Handbooks
  • Clinical decision support tools such as BMJ Best Practice and UpToDate
  • Marsden Nursing Manual
  • NICE Pathways and Guidelines
  • Databases like Medline, EMBASE and CINHAL


The library contains around 3,000 books, 20 PCs, seating and desks for study, and two pods which can be used for collaborative study or interactive learning.

The library is intended to be a calm environment away from the wards.

It can be found in the Education Centre (Building 18, Location B11).

Library staff can help you find the resources you are looking for and can provide one-to-one or group training on bibliographic databases so that you can carry out your own searches.

The library is open 9am to 5pm on weekdays.

When closed, books can be returned through the blue return box which can be found between the Education Centre Reception and the Library.

You can access the computer room and seating area 24/7 using your staff ID card.

Online library catalogue

We are part of the YorCat library consortium in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Through the online catalogue, you can request items from any of the participating libraries to be sent to this library for you to borrow.

You can learn more about our online catalogue by taking a look at some frequently asked questions.

Additional online resources

You can browse the journals we subscribe to using BrowZine. You can use BrowZine on your PC or download the app to use on your phone or tablet.

Some of our e-books are not yet discoverable through the Knowledge & Library Hub. You will find links to them on the library catalogue and you can access them directly from ProQuest Ebook Central.

Special book collections - fiction, popular reads and books for wellbeing

We have several small, but special, collections which are intended to support the wellbeing of staff and students:

  • Leisure reading – a fiction collection which includes a variety of genres.
  • Popular Science – Intriguing and award-winning science books that inform and entertain.
  • Read Well – self-help books that support personal wellbeing

We also have a book exchange which contains donated paperbacks. You can bring books to swap or donate. If you take a book from the exchange, there is no limit on how long you can keep it for.

If you enjoy reading fiction, you may like to join our after-work reading group. Please contact the library for more details.

Forms and documents

Library registration form

Register for a YorCat account to borrow books from Airedale and other NHS libraries in Yorkshire and The Humber.

Document requests

If you are unable to access an item that is listed on the Knowledge and Library Hub, you should be able to request it through the Hub. However, if an item isn’t listed on the Hub, you can use this form instead.

Literature Search requests

Complete this form to request a search of literature that has been published in your area of interest.

 Useful documents

This folder includes documents which provide additional details on the Knowledge and Library Service. Please note that you will need to log into your account to access these.

 A sub-folder includes Recent Research Updates. If you would like to see a Research Update for a different subject area, then please contact the library team.