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Health Library (Stoke on Trent)

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The Trust now operates two libraries:

  • Health Library for North Staffordshire at the Clinical Education Centre in Stoke on Trent. This library is operated in partnership with Keele University and other North Staffordshire NHS organisations.

  • Library, Education and Resource Centre at the Post-Graduate Medical Centre in Stafford.

The two libraries will have to continue to operate their existing library management systems (LMSs) for the short-term future. These systems are not linked to each other in any way. Library staff at each site will not have access to each others' systems.

Joining the Library

Staff working at either site (Stoke on Trent or Stafford) can join either library. Complete the relevant application form and go to the main counter with your NHS ID badge to join.

Managing Your Library Accounts

Users are responsible for managing their different library accounts. As the libraries will be operating their existing LMS, library staff at each site will not have knowledge of or access to your library accounts at both libraries.

Using the Library

Borrowing books

You can borrow books from either library you are a member of.

Returning books

Where possible please return items to the library from which you borrowed them.

Renewing books

You can renew your books online or contact the relevant library you have borrowed the items from.

Requesting an Inter-Library Loan

Please request an inter-library loan from your "home" library (according to place of work)

Requesting a Literature Search

Please request a literature search from your "home" library (according to place of work.

NHS Athens Username / Password

The library service will eventually operate only one NHS Athens organisation. This is currently listed as UHNS.

The Mid-Staffs Athens organisation ID will cease to exist on 30th June 2015.

Staff who previously worked for Mid-Staffs and are transferring to UHNS employment, who currently hold a Mid-Staffs Athens account may re-register for a UHNS Athens account.

Any new requests for Athens accounts from 1st November (2014), if eligible, will be given UHNS Athens accounts or referred to the appropriate Athens administrator.

UHNS staff cannot register for a Mid-Staffs Athens account as this will cease to exist once current subscriptions have expired.

Access to eResources

Over time, as subscriptions come to an end, there will be a re-alignment of electronic online resources.

As far as possible, eresources which are covered by the joint library service will be made accessible via the NHS Athens account.

A small number of resources may be limited to individual networks or departments.


Please see the website for your "home" library for the training on offer.

You can find lots more information and help on the Librarys’ websites​.​

More at the Health Library (Stoke on Trent):


Health Library Virtual Tour

Information for NHS Staff

Using the Health Library

Finding Information



Register:  Valid users can register for an NHS Athens username.

  • Register by completing this online form. Please follow the instructions on the form.
  • Use an NHS-network computer if possible.
  • If using a non-NHS computer, you MUST use an NHS email address.

Login: You can access all the online content available from our Finding Information page. [link to the finding information page]

Password Reset: You can reset your password​ if you forget it.

Accessing your Account Details: Login to Your Account.

Keeping Your Athens Account Up-to-date:

  • Make sure your email address is valid and you monitor it.
  • Check Athens / Eduserv email are not interpreted as spam.
  • To change your details, login to Your Account.

Changing your NHS organisation:

  • If you are moving to or from another NHS organisation then you can take your NHS Athens account with you.
  • To change you NHS organisation login to Your Account.
  • Select the "Change Organisation" option and follow the instructions.
  • If you know that your Athens account will terminate as you change organisations it may be worth asking your Athens administrator for a short extension so that you can complete the transfer, likewise let your new Athens administrator know your new contract end-date.

Other Problems: If you have any other problems or need any help contact Your Library​

We can save you time by doing the work for you – if you don’t have the time or find it difficult to locate the information you need, then let our experienced and qualified staff do the work for you.

Health Library (Stoke on Trent)

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Request a literature search online

If we don’t have access to the journal article that you need you can apply for an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) and we will try to get the article from another library.

If you work at the Royal Stoke University Hospital and would like to collect your article from the Health Library (Stoke on Trent):

Apply here