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Keep updated on Trust specific library updates, and national health knowledge and library related news and events.

You Said, We Did

Thank you for your ongoing support throughout 22/23.

This year we provided more evidence than any other Library & Knowledge Service in the South West, and performed in the top 10% nationally in our Health Education England quality assessment.

Click here to see how responded to your feedback in 22/23.

(Published 29/03/2023)

Win a pair of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones!

One of our point of care tools, Dynamed, are offering you the chance to win a pair of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

DynaMed is a fantastic resource, free to all at UHBW, which combines the highest quality evidence-based information, expert guidance, and a user-friendly, personalised experience to deliver accurate answers, fast, at the point-of-care. It's the easiest way (along with BMJ Best Practice) to stay up to date on thousands of topics. Take a look here: DynaMed | Point of Care | Clinical Decision Support | Evidence Based | EBSCO

Anyone employed by UHBW can register for a free Personal User Account (PUA) which includes desktop and mobile access via the DynaMed mobile Apple or Android app, for easy access on-the-move!

To enter the competition, just register for your free account here.

(Published 10/02/2023)

Self-service Food Pantries

Self-service food pantries are now open for donations and collections at both Bristol and Weston libraries.

If you feel able to donate, please bring your unperishable goods (e.g., tinned food, tea and coffee, long-life milk, cereal), toiletries, and feminine hygiene products to the libraries during opening hours where the team will direct you to the allocated space.

To find the food pantry in the Bristol library, visit the 5th floor of the Education Centre, turn left (past the library), and you’ll find a sign at the bottom of the corridor. For Weston, visit the library within the Academy and you'll see the food pantry within the journals collection on the right of the library. Donations can be accepted:

  • Bristol: 9am – 5pm
  • Weston: 10am – 4pm

Alternatively, to give a helping hand to those who wish to donate, the library is happy to collect donations from your workplace. Please email or ring 01173420105 (BRI) / 01934 647166 (WSM) to arrange a collection.

(Published 16/12/2022)

Christmas Opening Hours

Both Bristol and Weston library sites will be open as normal this Christmas, with the exception of the Bank Holidays when both libraries will be unstaffed. However, all library members will still be able to access the building during regular unstaffed hours by using your Trust ID card. If you would like to check your access to the library outside of staffed hours, please contact us at

Regular unstaffed hours:
Bristol: 7am-10pm
Weston: 24/7

Christmas/New Year Bank Holidays:
December 26th & 27th
January 2nd

We wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

(Published 16/12/2022)

Librarians on Call

By attending ward rounds, handovers, and clinical meetings we can be present in conversations where clinical questions are raised, helping you to find guidelines and evidence to support evidence-based decisions.

Get in touch with us at if you would like a Librarian to join your meetings.

(Published 16/12/2022)

Bank Holiday Weekend

The Bristol and Weston library sites will be unstaffed during the upcoming Bank Holiday weekend (15th-18th April). However, all library members will still be able to access the building during regular unstaffed hours by using your Trust ID card. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please contact the security team for assistance.

Unstaffed hours:
Bristol: 7am-11pm

Weston: 24/7

Annual Library Survey 21/22

Image text: Library annual Survey 2021 - 2022

We need your help! We depend on your feedback to continuously improve our service. Please can you fill out our annual library survey (4 minutes max), and if you leave your details you could win one of 6 copies of:

The Comfort Book by Matt Haig
Vaxxers by Catherine Green and Sraah Gilbert

Beautiful News by David McCandless

Please see here for the survey: We’d also really appreciate it if you could share this with your colleagues, or print out the attached poster and put up in your staff resting area.

We will let you know how we’ve made service improvements in response to your feedback in April.

(Published 29/11/21)



Sustainability and lessening our environmental impact is important to all of us at UHBW library. As well collating a collection of resources geared towards helping staff at UHBW practice in an environmentally conscious way, we are in the process of developing a sustainability statement and adding this to the declarations page of the website.

We have also created an infographic outlining some of our resources and recommendations, as well as a quick-read version of what we are doing as a department. You can access this from the declarations page of the website (under "About Us) or from this news post.

(Published 15/11/21)


During November, knowledge and library specialists showcase the many ways they mobilise evidence and knowledge.

This enables people to learn before, during and after everything they do so that good practice can be replicated and pitfalls are avoided.

It is an opportunity to encourage more people working in the NHS to:

  • apply and use evidence
  • build know-how
  • continue to learn
  • drive innovation to implement successful change
  • transform services and improve the quality of care

Join us throughout the month as we demonstrate how knowledge management can help you and your team provide the best quality care.

(Published 15/11/21)

October: Special events and Campaigns

October is a busy month! It is Black History Month, Menopause Awareness Month and Freedom to Speak up Month at UHBW. We have curated evidence lists and resources for all these events, and will be attending the Black History Month mini conference, as well as the menopause awareness conference, on the 21st and 22nd of October to talk about how the library is working towards making the Trust an inclusive and comfortable place for both patients and staff: We hope to see you there! If you are unable to attend, recordings of the event will be made available for staff on the intranet in due course. We aim to provide as much support for Trust priorities as we can, so please get in touch if you would like library input at events in the future.

(Published 21/10/21)

Library Pop-Ups

We are re-introducing our library pop-up events. Meet with a member of the library at lunchtime in the staff restaurants at Weston and Bristol to learn more about library membership and our wellbeing collection. We will be available Mon-Friday 1-2pm at the Bristol staff restaurant, Mon-Friday 12-1pm at the Weston staff restaurant and 2-3pm Tuesdays at Dolphin house.

(Posted 15/10/21)

Suicide Prevention Day

Friday 24th September is World Suicide Prevention Day.

For this day, at 11 AM UK time, Elsevier have organized a webinar named “Myths and Facts: Suicide during the pandemic” for staff at UHBW.

The event is free to join and you can register under the link here.

Panel will be moderated by:

  • Niall Boyce, Founder Editor of The Lancet Psychiatry
  • Prof. Nav KapurHead of Research at the Centre for Mental Health and Safety in the University of Manchester, leading the suicide work programme of the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health. He is currently Chair of the Guideline Development Group for the NICE depression in adults guideline and Topic Advisor for the new NICE self-harm guideline. For his work he has been awarded with the “2021 American Association of Suicidology Louis I. Dublin lifetime achievement award” for suicide prevention.
  • Julia Green, Who will be showcasing an example of Public Health Scotland, to encourage cooperation among Healthcare workers and the libraries, using the evidence-based tools provided.

(Published 20/09/2021)

Alzheimer's Awareness Month

World Alzheimer’s Month 2021

September 2021 marks the 10th year of this vital global awareness raising campaign, and the theme for 2021 is 'Know dementia, know Alzheimers’. Join us throughout the month at UHBW knowledge and library service as we provide evidence, resources and kick-start an exciting initiative to help our patients live well with dementia.

You can access the Alzheimer’s Society website here.

Bank Holliday Access

Bank Holiday Weekend

Monday the 30th of August is a bank holiday, but if you are working and are registered with the library, the library will still be open to you: You will be able access the library as per out-of-hours procedure by using your staff ID.

The library will be unstaffed, so if you have any enquiries for our library team at this time, please email us at, and we will be happy to help when we are back on site on the 31st. Please be sure to keep following hospital social distancing and mask wearing procedures whilst in the library space.

(Published 27/08/21)

National Immunization Awareness Month (2021)

National Immunization Awareness Month

August is "National Immunization Month" for our friends across the ocean, and whilst the campaign is American, here at the library we have taken the opportunity to create a useful infographic for healthcare professionals on the response to immunisation and vaccination in our locality, the resources we can provide to build on your understanding, and the services we can offer to deliver current awareness on immunisation right to your inbox.

You can access the infographic by clicking here.

Additionally, you can also access the American campaign webpages by clicking the image below.

(Published 20/08/21)

Health Information Week

Health Information Week is 5th-11th: Join us to keep developing your health information literacy!

Health Information Week (5th-11th July 2021) is a multi-sector, week-long, health information campaign: it’s about raising the profile of health literacy; offering a platform for collaborative working between different partners; and reminding us all what good, reliable, health information looks like.

We will be using this Health Information Week to re-frame and re-promote our outreach service within UHBW: Please get in touch if you would like to learn more about this, or find out more about Health Information Week here.


(Published 02/07/2021)

Knowledge and Library Service Awareness Week

NHS Knowledge and Library Services Awareness Week – 14 to 18 June 2021

Let’s celebrate our first ever NHS Knowledge and Library Services Awareness Week – 14 to 18 June 2021. Join us and take this opportunity to shine a light on the positive impact of NHS knowledge and library services.

The week draws attention to the invaluable work undertaken by NHS knowledge and library specialists who work with healthcare staff across a broad range of specialisms.  Taking evidence to the board and the bedside, the service is there for every member of the NHS.

UHBW Knowledge and Library service will be joining the celebrations by highlighting our wide variety of service offers during the week and unveiling webpage updates: please keep checking back to stay updated on all the resources and expertise that is available to you!

(Published 02/07/21)

Weston Library Pods

New quiet study pods at the Weston library - now available to book for 2 hours at a time

Weston library now has study pods available for use. They can be used by all staff for two hours at a time for study purposes and to spend some wellbeing time away from your primary workspace.

Two people can use the pod at any one time, and you can book a slot using a sign up form in the physical library space at Weston (or alternatively, you can contact us by email at beforehand if you want to check availability in advance. We hope you enjoy using this exciting addition to the library space!

An image of the new study pods at Weston Hospital library.

(Published: 02/07/2021)

New Evidence Updates

New Evidence Updates Available:

Check our "Latest Evidence" page for the August BAME network evidence update - we have collated and curated a variety of current, relevant resources for this area of interest. If you are interested in setting up tailored evidence updates for your department, please contact us at, and we will be more than happy to assist with this.

(Published 27/08/21)

New Evidence Updates

New Evidence Updates Available:

Check our "Latest Evidence" page for the August "Adult Congenital Heart Disease" and "LGBT+" evidence updates - we have collated and curated a variety of current, relevant resources for these areas of interest. If you are interested in setting up tailored evidence updates for your department, please contact us at, and we will be more than happy to assist with this.

(Published 20/08/21)


We've updated our Library Wellbeing page!

Take a look at our revamped wellbeing page - we have new resources, have signposted internal and external support and have featured a new library wellbeing video made by our colleagues in the wellbeing team. We hope that you will benefit from the offers UHBW can provide.

Find our new wellbeing page here.

(Published 30/07/21)

Specialist Guides

Check out our new "For Nurses and Midwifes", "For Apprentices", and "Systematic Reviews and Grey Literature" guides in "Specialist Guides"!

You asked for: Knowledge and library resources tailored specifically for you, and we have provided. We have created a package of tailored library pages with curated information. This is initially for the above three specialities, but we aim to keep developing this provision. If having a specialist guide relating to either your speciality or an area of expertise the library can offer is something that interests you, please get in touch at, and we can consider your request.

Find our specialist guides here.

(Published 02/07/2021)