Self-issue is back at PRH Library!

We’re pleased to report we have completed the stocktake at PRH Library in record time, meaning the self-issue kiosk is now available! All went very smoothly, thanks to combined efforts of the PRH Library team,  Matt, our IT Support Technician and Susan in the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Regional NHS Library & Knowledge team.

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And thank you for your patience!


It’s #librariesweek 8-13 October 2018!

8-13 October is Libraries Week: the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that UK libraries have to offer.



With a focus this year on wellbeing, libraries will showcase how they bring communities together, combat loneliness, provide a space for reading and creativity and support people with their mental health.


Cecilia Bethencourt-Dunning, our Patient Information Librarian, will be at Brighton’s Jubilee Library on Wednesday 10 October from 10.30 onwards with leaflets and tips for living well. You can contact her for more information at

Did you know:

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Research shows that library users have higher life satisfaction, happiness and sense of purpose in life compared to non-users


moneyBeing a regular library user is also associated with good general health. When valued medically, library engagement saves the NHS just under £30 million a year.


health.jpg76% of adults say reading improves their life and the same number says it helps to make them feel good.


booksResearch has indicated that reading fiction is associated with higher levels of empathy and improved relationships with others


CaptureReading for pleasure has been linked to a reduction in stress, the symptoms of depression and the risk of developing dementia in later life


For more facts and information on reading and wellbeing, visit Reading Well – a Reading Agency and Libraries Connected programme that helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading.

Or simply visit your very own NHS library!  Contact us for more information and follow us on @BrightonSx_LKS for news and events around the region.

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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E-mail and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

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.

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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