Library support exists to support patient care in the NHS

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Did you know that the NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Library Network is not just for staff employed by the NHS?

Our services are available to all those working within Health and Social Care Partnerships to support patient care within the Greater Glasgow and Clyde health board area.  This includes staff working in Social Care. We can help you find the information you need to support you in your work, study or research.

There are nine staffed libraries across the board area, and although these are on acute hospital sites you don’t need to physically visit a library to make use of the wide range of resources and services.  Many resources can be accessed online via The Knowledge Network (this link will take you away from our website) or through the dedicated Social Services Knowledge Scotland (this link will take you away from our website) portal.  All you need is an Athens account – you can self-register (this link will take you away from our website) for Athens online.

The libraries provide access to over 31,000 print books, however don’t worry if you can’t make it into a library.  Books can be requested via our online catalogue (this link will take you away from our website) and posted to your work address.  In addition to this there are hundreds of e-books available for you to view online or download to your mobile device.

Online subscription resources include e-journals and health and social care databases such as Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts (ASSIA) and Social Services Abstract.  The databases can be used to help you find research and articles relevant to your area of interest.  There is also access to a variety of healthcare apps, including some which provide patient information.

If you are looking for information on a particular topic, library staff can carry out a literature search on your behalf.  Recent examples of searches include ‘The experiences of front line staff involved in significant case reviews’, ‘Does housing support help to keep people in their tenancies?’ and ‘Experience of third sector staff working with trauma’.

Alternatively, if you prefer to do your own searching, we can visit you at your place of work to show you how to get the most out of the databases.  The training we offer can be carried out on a one-to-one basis or as a group with your peers.  Skills range from database searching to referencing and critically appraising articles.  We can also offer tailored updates that will regularly email you details of the latest published material in your field of interest.

If all you are looking for is a quiet space to study or work, away from everyday distractions we can help you with that too.  You’re welcome to pop into one of the libraries where you will find PCs (NHSGGC login required), wi-fi, study spaces and printing and photocopying facilities.

More information about the NHSGGC Library Network can be found on our website (this link will take you away from our website)– including locations, opening hours and contact details.  You can also email us at library.network@ggc.scot.nhs.uk or contact us through QUEST (this link will take you away from our website), our dedicated website for submitting general enquiries and service requests, plus you can follow us on Twitter (this link will take you away from our website).