We can provide access to many resources in the libraries and online.  We also provide training to help you find the information you need to support your work and CPD.  View the sections under the 'Use the Library' heading below to discover what the library services have to offer.  

Library services offer resources in the library and online.

Use the Library

Why use the library?

  • Find evidence-based information to help you with your work and study.
  • Access books, eBooks, journals, medical databases, reminiscence packs, and wellbeing resources.  Visit the online catalogue to view the collection.
  • Receive training in evidence searching, critical appraisal, study skills and more.
  • Keep up to date with the latest news and evidence in your field.
  • Access quiet study spaces, staff PCs and print/scan/copy facilities.

  • You do not need to register to access online resources or to request articles and searches if you work for MPFT, or are on placement in MPFT. 
  • You can register to borrow books if you work for MPFT, are on placement in MPFT, or if you work for University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.
  • You do not need a library card: Library staff can issue, return and renew items on your behalf with your Trust ID.  You can also register your smartcard to use our self-service facilities – you can call in to one of the libraries to do this.
  • Service users and carers can use the library for reference to, for example, read books, read articles, spend time in a relaxing space, use computers, use Wi-Fi, or use photocopying and printing services. 

The library spaces have:

  • Self-service kiosks to borrow, renew, or return books and resources.
  • Self-service lockers to collect books and resources out of hours (Stafford Library).
  • Study carrels in a quiet environment.
  • Computers & docking stations for staff use.
  • Computers for service users.
  • SPSS data analysis software on computers in both libraries.

View our collections via the online catalogue.

Our collections include:

  • Professional literature (textbooks, handbooks and others) to support best practice and academic study.
  • Fiction, biographies, and self-help books.
  • A range of wellbeing titles.
  • Books for service users.
  • Games.
  • Reminiscence packs.

  • You can browse, reserve, and renew books via the online catalogue.
  • Borrow up to 10 books for 8 weeks at a time.
  • Reserve, renew and review books with your online library account.
  • Ask for books that the library doesn't stock and we can request them from another library for you.
  • If you want the library to buy a book, you can make an online book request.
  • You can have books sent out to your workplace or home.
  • You can read eBooks online in your web browser. When you search for an eBook online the results will show availability.

We can carry out a search for key literature on a topic for you, or find evidence to answer a research question.

If you plan to use the search results for academic study, we offer guided search sessions using your chosen topic instead.

  • You can search for articles using the suggestions on the library website.  These include: Online Resources A-Z for a list of online journals / databases and other resources you may find useful, Journals A-Z to search journal subscriptions by journal title, or Find Evidence by Subject for information about the resources which may be most helpful to your needs.
  • If you have searched for an article and it is unavailable you can request it via the online article request form.
  • If you have a list of articles, you can email it to library@mpft.nhs.uk. We will only ask you to complete a copyright declaration form where necessary.

Training is available by request 8am-8pm Monday-Friday.  You can view the different training sessions the library offers via the Training & Funding webpage.

To access the library space out of hours:

  • At Redwoods Library you can ask for an out of hours sticker to be added to your ID card so that you can request to borrow a fob at the main desk.
  • At Stafford Library you can request a fob for out of hours access (requires login or access via a Trust device).

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Email us: library@mpft.nhs.uk

Library spaces and online services available 24/7.

Library staff available remotely Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and on site Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.


Stafford Library

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

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Telephone: 01785 221584 (ext 7128908)

Redwoods Library

The Redwoods Centre,
Somerby Drive,

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Telephone: 01743 210110 (ext 7064162)