We are here to fully support students in their studies and research. With a wide selection of books, journals, and online resources, the library provides students with the tools they need to excel academically. Our team are available to assist students in finding relevant materials, utilizing databases, improving their study skills, and developing effective research strategies. 


We offer access to nationally and locally subscribed journals covering every speciality plus many non-clinical areas. The bulk of our content is online although we have a small stock of current print journals and a significant stock of archived and bound journals in the Library.


Discover our range of books and E-books as well as useful collections tailored to your speciality.

NHS Knowledge & Library Hub

The Hub includes all national and local NHS content, allows in-depth database searching, gives access to clinical decision-making tools and other online resources, all in one place.

The Library offers a comprehensive range of training courses, just click on the course title to see the course details. All training is free and available to all staff and students of West Suffolk NHS Trust.

Before attending a course you will need to have basic computer and Internet experience. You will also need to have registered for an NHS OpenAthens username and password: you can register at https://openathens.nice.org.uk

All courses can be delivered face to face or online via Teams.

Library inductions

Inductions are offered on a pre-arranged or ad hoc basis. Group inductions are 1 hour and cover the basics of using the Library plus an introduction to health literacy awareness. 121 inductions are more tailored to your information needs.

Search Skills

A  practical, hands-on 1-2-1 session is available looking at how to formulate a search strategy, search databases and find articles and research to support your practice or studies. Please bring a suitable topic with you and we will work through the search together. You will need to have registered for an Open Athens account and password to access online resources. We would recommend completing this free online course before booking a 1-2-1 session. Literature Searching – elearning for healthcare (e-lfh.org.uk)

How to cite, reference and avoid plagiarism

This is an opportunity to learn how to cite and reference sources of information correctly and how to use quotations and paraphrasing appropriately. The aim of this 1 hour session is to give you the skills to avoid plagiarism.

Critiquing Research Papers

This session will provide an introduction to critical appraisal for study, research, journal clubs or professional development. It is in two parts and will cover both quantitative and qualitative research and the sessions can be delivered separately. The sessions are interactive and you will be expected to undertake an appraisal, with support, using critical appraisal checklists.

Introduction to Medical Terminology

Become confident in how to interpret medical terms. You will discover the origins of medical language; recognise the component parts of medical terms and become familiar with terms for different anatomical structures, functions and systems. An accompanying handbook is available from the Library and must be collected prior to the course. It is also possible to access a narrated powerpoint via the intranet, please ask for details.

Health Literacy Awareness

Health literacy is a person’s ability to access, understand, appraise and use information and services to make decisions about health. Everyone who works in a healthcare setting, regardless of role, needs to be aware of the barriers and difficulties experienced by many patients to understand information and manage their own health, as this impacts on their wellbeing, their illness and the services they use. This session can be delivered as a short awareness workshop, or expanded into a full day’s workshop. A shorter 30 minute version is delivered with all library inductions.

How to book

To book any course or an induction, please email library@wsh.nhs.uk