The libraries have a large collection of books, covering all areas of healthcare, medicine and healthcare management. We also carry stock to support in-house training courses, i.e. ILM Leadership, external courses such as pre-registration nursing and medical training, and CPD courses for example mentorship. Most of our collection is in print but we also provide access to E-Book.
We use the National Library of Medicine classification system whereby each item is assigned an alphanumeric shelf number, which can be found on the spine of the book and in the library catalogue. The shelves are clearly labelled enabling you to find what you need with ease.
We select and purchase stock for the Library according to our Collection Development Policy.
Library members can borrow up to 8 items at any one time, (this number includes items borrowed from other libraries). Most books have a 4 week loan period.Remember to have your membership card with you whenever you wish to borrow or renew items and your PIN if renewing online. Your PIN is emailed to you when you register with the Library but you can contact us if you have forgotten it.
Select ELMS to search the Library Catalogue. You can limit the search to your local Library.
Guide on how to use ELMS can be downloaded here.
Self-issue available at Basildon and Colchester
We have installed a state of the art self-issue system meaning that library members can now take books out, renew or bring items back not just when library staff are available but at any time, when it’s convenient for you. The machine at Basildon also has the facility for you to pay any outstanding library charges by cash or credit card.
To use the machine, you MUST have your library card with you and also know your PIN. This is normally your YEAR of birth.
Renewing & Reserving
You can log on to ELMS with your Username (barcode on your Library card) and PIN and renew your books 24/7. (If using ELMS from personal PC, you may be required to add this website to Trusted sites on your PC to allow access).
Renewing is only possible if your books are not overdue, or if the item is not requested by another user. If an item has been requested by another user, it will have to be brought back to the library on or before the due date.
If you place a reservation via your library account in ELMS, you will be notified by email when it is ready to collect. All items will be held for collection for one week only.
Please return all items to the library counter and wait for them to be processed, enabling staff to check your records. Alternatively, return books yourself using the self-issue machine or return your books to the drop box located in the Reception area of the Education Centre. BTUH staff can return books out of hours by using their swipe card to get into the Education Centre.
Fines for overdue items & Lost items
There is a 10p charge per item per day, if items are not returned on or before the due date. This includes books borrowed from other libraries. Thereafter, borrowing is on the condition that any outstanding fines have been paid. You will be invoiced for the full replacement cost of a lost item.
Readers are sent a pre-overdue notice, a one week overdue notice and a two week overdue notice. If the items have still not been returned or renewed at this point, monies will be deducted from your salary or debt recovery informed.
Finding a book
Our ELMS Library Catalogue contains full details of all our books, including where to find them on the shelf, and whether or not they are currently on loan.
When searching this catalogue, select for example "BHL Basildon Healthcare Library" into the "Library" box to restrict your search to Basildon stock.
If you cannot find the book you are looking for, you can request it from the library as long as you are logged into the system.
Your Username is the number found under the barcode on your library card. Your PIN is the number supplied by the library. If you do not have your PIN, please request it from the Library.
- If a book is out on loan to another borrower, you can place a hold on that item via ELMS library account. You will be notified via your account when it becomes available.
- If the book you want is at another library in the East of England region, you can copy and paste the details into the request a book in your ELMS library account. The library will then request the book for you. You will be notified when it becomes available.
- If the book you need is not on the ELMS catalogue, you can use the request a book form in your ELMS library account. The library will then source the book from another library. You will be notified when it becomes available.
E-Books or electronic books
A number of E-Books (Electronic Books) are available with your library membership. You can search for e-books available nationally on NHS Evidence: Athens Resources page with a valid NHS Athens login.
Locally purchased Ebooks are available by Trust so collections differ for each Library. Select the correct Ebook link on this website specific to your Trust.
If you are a Community Health Services Staff based in North East London, then contact Aubrey Keep Library.