Category Archives: Using the library

Welcome Trainee Doctors!

You will receive a library goodie bag during your induction day. You may find the following information helpful:-

  • You have access to 2 sets of resources via NHS and Cardiff University.
  • Access to UptoDate and Clinical Key are available from the NHS elibrary and the NHS portal.
  • Watch the Google Scholar video on how to get the best out of your Google Scholar settings to obtain access to Cardiff University’s subscriptions; in particular ejournals.

Don’t forget to register your wifi device (ipad, smart phones etc) with the University Network- which also gives access to Eduroam- available in most parts of the hospital and in Cochrane Building.

Please don’t hesitate to ask any questions either by comment or by asking at the enquiry desk on the first floor in Health Library or in the Archie Cochrane Library in Llandough.

Cardiff & the Vale NHS Staff – Library Survey

The Library are conducting a survey to find out your views on the library service, and how it could be improved. We would be grateful if you could spare a few minutes to complete the survey, either online at

or on a paper copy, obtainable at the Health Library, UHW and the Archie Cochrane Library, UHL. The survey will run from 5th – 30th January 2015.

If you wish to be entered into an all Wales prize draw to WIN an E-Book Reader sponsored by CyMal:Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, please provide your name & e-mail address on the last page of the survey.

Your feedback is very important and will help us develop the library services and resources you need to improve patient care and support education and training.

If you have any questions please contact   02920 715497

Thank you for your help.

Christmas Holiday- Book loans

While you are planning your Christmas holiday and rushing around eating mince pies make sure you have factored in your book loans so you don’t incur a fine!

mince pies

Renew your books on the 8th December to cover the Christmas holiday period. However make sure that the books you have are able to be renewed- there are some books which are waiting to come in to satisfy reservations- so please do check before you go so you don’t rack up a fine while you are away.

Don’t forget you can renew your books online, over the phone, or in person. Let us know if you need any help.


If you need help renewing your books let us know,

Are all the books you want already out on loan?

If you find that most of the books you want to use are out on loan there are a couple of things you can do.

Firstly- place a reservation on the item that you want (even if you think that it won’t be back in time to satisfy your study need.) Placing a reservation tells us that the book stock isn’t satisfying demand and we will look at ways we can help. Check here for details on how to place a reservation for a book that is currently out on loan.

Second- browse the shelves to find books that cover the same topic in the same level of detail. If you aren’t sure ask at the desk for help-we should be able to find a good chapter in a book that covers the topic- even if the title is slightly different.

Let us know does this happens to you? Do you have any ways you think we could deal with the rising demand of books?

Is it just too NOISY in the library to Study?



Studying in the Health Library? Disturbed by noise? We would like to maintain a peaceful environment for you to study in.

Areas on the 2nd floor in the Health Library have been designated ‘Quiet Zones’ and ‘Silent Zones’.

If your work is being disturbed within these areas,  Text ‘Noise’ and your location to 07817 293908.

There are social study and group study areas available- if you need to work collaboratively in the Health Library.

Assistive Technology survey – your help needed!

Information Services would like to hear from staff and students about their use and awareness of Assistive Technology. We’re running a short online survey until Friday 25 April to gather your views.

Please take a moment to complete the survey to help us improve our services.

If you would prefer to receive this survey in an alternative format or would like further information, please contact Vicky Stallard (