If you want more information about your own health or caring for someone, we have a lot of ways to help you find and understand information from our library and from the internet.

  • Libraries are at St George's Hospital in Stafford, and The Redwoods Centre in Shrewsbury
  • Contact Redwoods Library before you visit to book an appointment. Contact Stafford Library to make sure someone is there to help.
  • Both libraries are staffed Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • You do not need to visit the library to use the services. You can email or phone the library

  • Find information on health topics
  • Find a health article you want to read
  • Access quality health information websites and mobile apps

It's free to visit the library, use computers and WiFi, and read books in the library. Staff can help you find health information. You don't need to pay for this.

You will need to pay for some library services:

  • Self-service photocopying and printing: 5p per sheet
  • Requesting a specific article: £2 per article

  • Both libraries have a small collection of fiction and self-help books for patients, service users and carers to borrow.
  • You can borrow books from your local public library.

Your local public library can help you with:

  • Books and eBooks on health and care topics
  • Your health and wellbeing

Most public libraries have:

  • Computers and internet
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Staff on hand to help
  • Books and audiobooks to borrow
  • Quiet spaces to sit and read
  • Reading groups and activities which can help your wellbeing
  • Research articles on health and other topics to read in the library using Access to Research

Public Libraries are open to anyone who lives, works or studies in the area. Most services are free. Find out more here:

Use these tips to help choose between good and poor quality websites:

  • Who has written the information? Does the organisation have a good reputation?
  • Why have they published this information? Are they trying to sell you something?
  • What information does this website contain? Is it accurate? Is it relevant for you?
  • When was the information written or published? Is it up to date?

Some good websites for health information are:

Click on the image to read, download and print self-help leaflets. Topics include stress, sleeping problems, panic, and more.

screenshot of self help guides site which mimics a bookshelf with leaflets on it. Topics include stress, sleeping problems, panic and more

Library and Knowledge Services Contact Details

Stafford Library

St. George's Hospital,
Corporation Street,
Stafford
ST16 3AG

Telephone: 01785 221584 (ext 7128908)
E-mail: library@mpft.nhs.uk

Open 9 - 5 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.

Redwoods Library

The Redwoods Centre,
Somerby Drive,
Shrewsbury
SY3 8DS

Telephone: 01743 210110 (ext 7064162)
E-mail: library@mpft.nhs.uk

Open 9 - 5 Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri.