Libraries unstaffed 18/09/2018!

All our libraries will be unstaffed on Tuesday 18th September 2018 as we attend our development forum at the University of Brighton Falmer campus.  However all libraries will be open for study and books can be borrowed using the self-issue kiosks as usual.

Staff will be back at the RSCH Library to cover the 5.00 – 7.00pm evening shift.

The Libraries at PRH and Mill View Hospital will be unstaffed all day.

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Essential overnight maintenance on Tuesday 11 September 2018

DNo RFDIue to essential maintenance, the self-issue kiosks at all our libraries will be unavailable overnight on Tuesday 11 September 2018. 

There will be no access to our online Library catalogue from 10.00pm

Service is expected to resume later on Wednesday 12 September 2018 – updates will be posted on this site.

Contact us for more information.


The Cochrane Library is improving


The new and improved Cochrane Library will launch on Tuesday 7th August 2018.

To ensure the transition to the new site runs smoothly, users are advised NOT TO USE the saved search facility from 00:01 GMT on Monday 6th August 2018 until 23:59 GMT on Tuesday 7th August. Any searches saved during this period cannot be guaranteed to be transferred to the new site. All other search functions of the Cochrane Library will be available during this period. Existing saved searches will be transferred to the new site between 6th and 7th August, with no action required on the part of users.

Contact the library with any questions related to this transition or, in case of problems with your saved searches, contact and specify that you are a saved search user.

Enhanced features include:

  • Improved article design for Cochrane Reviews, CENTRAL records and all content
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers now fully integrated in the Cochrane Library
  • Search expanded across all content types, including Cochrane Reviews & Protocols, CENTRAL, Editorials, Special Collections, Cochrane Clinical Answers and other systematic reviews from Epistemonikos via a new federated search feature
  • Improved search results display, including new filters for all content, and expanded sort and multiple record export options
  • Advanced search tabs better integrated, and MeSH search feature improved
  • Linking CENTRAL records to Cochrane Reviews
  • Easy navigation between Cochrane Reviews, related podcasts, Editorials and Cochrane Clinical Answers
  • A new Spanish language portal and discoverability of translated content in multiple languages via basic search

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, plus a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups that form the Cochrane collaboration.

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • Health Technology Assessment Database
  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database
  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
  • About The Cochrane Collaboration

Access to the Cochrane Library is free for the residents of the UK through a national funded licence.

How we take care of your data

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At last the avalanche of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) emails has slowed to a trickle!  As you will know all too well, every organisation in the UK has been required to review how they process and make use of the information that they hold about their users.  We have done the same and here we will briefly explain where you can go for more information if you need it.

The Library and Knowledge Service uses two systems to store information about our members.  The first is our library management system, which allows members to find books and journals, and to borrow, renew and reserve items from our stock.  You can view the information we hold on you in this system by using your library membership ID (on your membership card) and a PIN that we provide separately.  If you do not know your PIN you can request it from

We have updated our Privacy Policy for the library management system, which you can find on our website.

KS logoThe second system that we use is KnowledgeShare, which provides you with personalised evidence updates about new publications in your field and helps us to manage requests for in-depth evidence searches and information skills teaching.  Those of you with an OpenAthens account will be able to log in to KnowledgeShare to check and update the details we hold about you.  If you aren’t able to access the system just drop us an email.

KnowledgeShare also aims to facilitate networking and communities of practice within the NHS in order to avoid us all reinventing the wheel.  For this reason we ask whether you would be happy to make your contact information available to other NHS staff, but we won’t share anything without your permission.

If your information is on KnowledgeShare then we will email you once a year to remind you and ask whether anything has changed (or if you’d like to be unsubscribed).

We have updated our Privacy Policy for KnowledgeShare, which you can find on the site.

If you would like to discuss this further, please contact, Head of Library & Knowledge Service.