Further Branches Reopening

The Healthcare Library of Northern Ireland is pleased to announce that it will reopen its branch on the Royal Victoria Hospital site on Monday 17th August 2020. The following services will be offered:

  • Book collection service for items located in The Healthcare Library branches on the RVH and the QUB MBC site, as well as items located in The McClay Library at Queen’s University Belfast
  • Group Study Rooms available with reduced capacity if not already in use
  • Scanned journal articles and book chapters (within applicable copyright limits)
  • Inter-Library Loan requests for journal articles and book chapters

The book collection service is available from 17th August 2020 and is available to all registered HSC members of the Library. While the service includes available items from The Healthcare Library branches on the RVH and the QUB MBC site, and The McClay Library, the following cannot be requested:

  • Items currently on loan
  • Items located in The Healthcare Library branches outside of the Belfast area
  • Reference items

Books can be requested by completing the Book Collection form: https://raptor.qub.ac.uk/hscrequest. You will need to login with your library credentials, complete the details of the item required, select your pickup location and you will be informed by email when the item is ready to collect. Currently it is not possible to collect items from any other Healthcare Library branch apart from that at the RVH and QUB Medical Biology Centre. Once you have collected your books, you should issue them to yourself using the self-issue machine so please bring your library card with you. If you do not have a library card, staff will be on hand to assist you. Library staff will be using PPE equipment when handling book stock and packaging them for collection.

Please use the cleaning stations located throughout the Library to sanitise contact services before and after use. Hand sanitising stations are also available in the Library for your use.

Other Healthcare Library branches will reopen in due course and Library staff continue to work remotely. In order to keep up to date with developments, please refer back to our blog or our social media channel as circumstances change and we progress to more routine library services.

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