Virtual library service (temporary)

Our libraries are open as normal with limited staffing. Contact us for information on out of hours access. You can use the study space and PCs whilst observing social distancing measures. We are mostly working from home at the moment. We will try to provide as many of our usual services as possible. We can’t always access our library email inboxes, so

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You can also follow us on Twitter @nhctls


If you want to borrow books when staff are not present, you can sign them out using the forms on the enquiry desk.

Unfortunately, we can’t do Inter-library loans at the moment because most NHS libraries are closed and their library staff are working from home. However, we can post books from our stock, including the Book of the month if you want to join the Book Club.

If you have books on loan, these should be automatically renewed. If you do receive any overdue emails from us, please let us know.

Article requests

Please request articles here because this form includes a copyright statement and enables us to email the article to you straightaway.

We might not be able to track down your article because many of the libraries in our networks will be closed, but we will do our best.


A range of ebooks are available including the Oxford handbooks and titles to support home working and your well-being, which can be downloaded from the Trust intranet (E for ebooks) or contact the library for information on access from home.

ebooks and audio books from your Public library

We are working with colleagues at Northumberland County Libraries and North Tyneside Libraries to provide more options for reading ebooks and eAudio books. Library members can download eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines free of charge through Borrowbox. Once you are a member you can download the Borrowbox App making it easier to browse, borrow and read eBooks anywhere, everywhere.

North Tyneside libraries ebooks and eAudio books

Northumberland County Libraries ebooks and eAudio books

Not a member? You can join online:

Join Northumberland County Library

Join North Tyneside libraries

Free resources

Some providers are making their collections freely available at the moment.

Springer Nature has recently made over 500 key textbooks across our eBook subject collections available for free, until at least the end of July. Titles on behavioural science, humanities, biomedical and life sciences and business and economics can be found here

Oxford University Press have made made all the Oxford medicine online resources freely available to NHS Athens users until the end of June 2020. Select “Sign in via your Institution” from the website homepage and then NHS England.

In addition, they have put together a collection of online resources and journals addressing COVID-19.

University of Michigan Library have also made their ebook collection avaialble to all until the end of June.

Download the indextra app to access 900+ titles until the end of July.