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Royal Bournemouth Hospital Library

Check the Royal Bournemouth Hospital library web pages for information about:

  • Opening Hours
  • Location
  • Contact Details
  • Services and Facilities

Borrowing - Hospital Library

As a current Bournemouth University HSS student, you may borrow up to 8 items (books and journals) at any one time from the Hospital Library. Most books can be borrowed for 4 weeks. You can renew in person, by phone or online, provided nobody else is waiting for the item in question.

While you will not be charged fines for overdue loans, you will receive reminder emails (three days before the book is due back) and letters; if you do not return your books you will be charged replacement costs plus an administrative charge of £20 per item. Return all loan items as soon as you can to allow other readers to use the books. When the Hospital Library is closed, books may be left in the secure book return bin outside the library door.

Please do not pass on material you have borrowed to someone else. You are responsible for it until it is returned to the library.

Finding help

There is an Information Desk in the library where you can request help with using any aspect of the library service. You can also ring the library (internal ext. 4270) or send an e-mail to library@rbch.nhs.uk to receive help and advice. Information about library facilities can also be found on the Library site on the hospital's Intranet. You will also receive an induction from your hospital librarian.

Details of the books and journals in the hospital's library can be found in the SWIMS catalogue. This catalogue covers NHS libraries in the South West region; with information about your library found by using the library's code: D02. Library staff can help with use of the catalogue.

It is important to attend your timetabled university IT and library sessions, as they are designed to give you the skills to carry out research for your assignments. To complement these sessions, you can arrange subject advice on a one-to-one basis at Bournemouth House Library through your Subject Support Library team.

Any enquiries concerning the resources on the Bournemouth University Library web pages should be addressed to the HSS subject support library team. Alternatively, you can ring Bournemouth University Library Enquiries on (01202) 965959.

Photocopying facilities

A photocopier is available with 24 hour access. There is a charge of 5p per page for all photocopying and printing, A4 only. The hospital photocopier can also be used as a scanner.

Library IT facilities

There are 11 computers in the Hospital Library, with 24 hour access and each computer provides MS Office and Internet access. Computers are intended for work/study purposes; inappropriate use of computers is a disciplinary offence. All computers have anti-virus software installed and students are welcome to use their own USB memory devices.

Student Feedback

At the Royal Bournemouth Hospital Library, we welcome constructive comments from our users. Please use the library comments/suggestions book in the library.

Other resources

There are a number of other resources that may be available to you as you are studying on your placement year, with information available through our Other resources for students on placement in the NHS page.