Working or studying over the May Bank Holiday Weekend?

Our libraries will be unstaffed on  Monday 7 May but remember that out of hours access is available at the RSCH and PRH sites for library members.  Just pop in with your ID badge during staffed hours and we’ll sort you out.

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Contact us for more information



24-hour access restored at the Audrey Emerton Building

We’re pleased to say that 24-hour access to the library in the Audrey Emerton building at the Royal Sussex County Hospital has been restored. Thank you for your forebearance while the faulty door was fixed.

If you don’t yet have 24-hour access, contact us and we can arrange it.

How did we make a difference in 2016-17? Read our latest annual report

The Brighton and Sussex NHS Library and Knowledge Service Annual Report for 2016-17 has been published.  It briefly illustrates some of the ways our work has made an impact on patient care, service improvement, study, research and clinical teaching over the last year.

Annual Report 2016-17

The report shows how our services were used in comparison to previous years, with many areas showing increased activity in 2016-17.  In particular, the number of evidence search requests received, the number of teaching sessions run and the number of articles provided on request at short notice all went up this year.

Document Supply ChartTeaching chart

Usage of the online journals and databases that we purchase remained high, with only books (both print and electronic) showing a significant dip in usage.  Full details of activity and resource usage can be found in the report, along with case studies of how we made a difference to local staff and students, and updates on our changing team.

You can also read more about how our two clinical librarians are are contributing to Trust polices, guidelines and workforce planning in an earlier post.


Christmas and new year opening times

Our libraries are staffed as follows over Christmas and the New Year. 24 hour access will work as usual outside these hours.

At the Royal Sussex County Hospital, the Audrey Emerton Building reception will not be staffed between Christmas and the New year, so to enter you will need to have 24-hour access enabled on your swipe card. Ask at library reception or e-mail us if you’d like this set up.


19th to 21st December 8.30am – 5.00pm

22nd December 8.30am – 5pm

23rd December 8.30am – 3pm

26th  to 27th December Closed

28th December 8.30am – 4pm

29th December 8.30am – 4pm

30th December 8.30am – 4pm

31st December to 2nd January – Closed

3rd January 8.30am – 7.00pm


Monday 19 December to Thursday 22 December: 9am – 5pm

Closed from 3pm Friday 23 December to 9am Tuesday 3 January

Tuesday 3 January: 9am – 5pm

Mill View –

Monday 19 December to Thursday 22 December: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Closed from Friday 23 December to Tuesday 27 December

Wednesday 28 December toThursday 29 December 9.30am – 5.30pm

Closed Friday 30 December to Monday 2 January

Tuesday 3 January: 9.30am – 5.30pm

Clinical applications on library PCs

Did you know that you can access your clinical applications on computers in the libraries at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Princess Royal Hospital and Hove Polyclinic?

For BSUH staff, systems such as PACS, ICE Desktop, ALERT, eOASIS and the iris virtual learning environment can all be found in the “BSUH Applications” folder on the desktop.

If you find a PC in one of our libraries that doesn’t have the clinical system you need, contact the BSUH IT department from the library enquiry desk and they will quickly add it.

Staff from Sussex Partnership or Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust can also access their clinical systems using a “remote desktop” – ask at our enquiry desks for more information.

Locations of our libraries can be found on our website.

New: Accessible workstation and PC at RSCH library

We are pleased to announce we now have a new accessible workstation available 24/7 in the library at the RSCH in Brighton. It has a height adjustable desk and the following software on the PC:

Read&Write – for those with dyslexia and other learning difficulties

Claroread – helps reading, writing, studying and increases confidence.

MindGenius – captures ideas, visualises information, plans projects, manages tasks and shares knowledge.

Inspiration  – for visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations.

Zoom Text Magnifier – a fully integrated magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the computer screen.

Headphones are available to borrow from the library reception desk.