Join the Library

On this page you will find further information about:

Joining the library

By joining the library you will have access to books, journals and a range of professional services.  We hold books and journal titles covering all aspects of medicine, nursing and health with a special emphasis on orthopaedics.

How to join
Join online
– it’s quick, easy and free

If you prefer you can join in person at the library

Library induction
We are happy to offer you a brief tailored induction so that you can get the best out of the library resources and services available to you. Whether you are new to the Trust, or if you would like a refresher please contact us to arrange a session to suit you. You can also arrange to attend a group refresher induction session which is more in-depth. Please see dates and details below:

Refresher Library Inductions

(approximately 30 minutes duration)

Is it a while since you last visited Francis Costello library, or have you been working at RJAH for years and are embarrassed to admit you have never joined the library? Do you use the library resources online but have never entered the physical building? Are you under the misapprehension that the library is only for clinical staff? It‘s not too late… come along to our refresher induction sessions and meet the library staff, have the opportunity to chat about your information requirements over a coffee and see the latest resources available from the library. To book a place please contact the library on x 4388 or email All staff are welcome.


Next Session: TBC


Who can join?

  • All staff employed by the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Orthopaedic surgeons working at the Trust as part of the Oswestry Orthopaedic Training programme
  • Staffordshire University students on placement at the Trust or who are based at Shrewsbury Faculty of Health & Sciences (as part of a formal arrangement)
  • Students on clinical placement within the hospital

We also have a reciprocal agreement for book loans to employees of the other Shropshire NHS Trusts which form part of our union catalogue SHeLib - but these users should initially register with their own organisation's health library at Shrewsbury or Telford hospitals.

What information do I need to join?

  • You will need your name, address and postcode
  • We do not need proof of your identity

What can I borrow?
You may borrow any item held for loan within the Shropshire Health Libraries joint catalogue (depending on your eligibility)

Print journals and reference books can only be consulted or copied within the library and must not be removed

You are also entitled to access the library’s collections of eBooks. Further details can be found at search for a book.

How many items can I borrow?

Loans –  you are entitled to borrow up to 8 items either from our own stock or, depending on your eligibility, from across Shropshire Health Libraries shared catalogue, as part of a reciprocal agreement

Please note that if you are only eligible to join the library for under a month, you will not be permitted to borrow books.

 How long can I borrow items for?

  • Usually 28 days
  • Some items from Shrewsbury or Telford Health Libraries may only be available to borrow for 14 days

Do I get overdue reminders?

  • We send email reminders to the email address you supplied when registering with the library.
  • If you wish to receive email reminders, or update your email address please let us know at
  • Reminders are sent out at the following times-
    • Library notice - items due back shortly (3 days before due date)
    • Library notice - items due back tomorrow (1 day before due date)
    • Library notice - items overdue (7 days after due)
    • Library notice - items overdue reminder (7 days after last email)
    • Invoice warning - library notice - items overdue reminder (14 days after last email)

What if I want to renew my loans?

  • You can renew items up to a maximum of five times, provided that no other user has requested the items you have on loan
  • You can renew items in person, by telephone, email or by email. Please quote your name, item details and the date they are due to be returned
  • Alternatively, you may renew items by logging in to your account at:                                   You will need a password to use this service. If you do not have a password, or have forgotten it please contact the library for further assistance
  • Please note that items cannot be renewed online by a user if those titles have fines. Items without fines can still be renewed, even if other books have fines. In this case please contact the library
  • Once an item has been renewed five times, further renewals (up to a maximum of two times) are at the discretion of library staff

How can I return my books?

  • Books may be returned to either Francis Costello Library, Shrewsbury Health Library or Telford Health Library, irrespective of where they were borrowed from
  • You may return books outside staffed hours at both Francis Costello Library and Shrewsbury Health Library by using the returns book boxes provided
  • Shrewsbury or Telford books returned through the book box will continue to accrue fines and these cannot be waived

What if I am late returning an item?

  • Francis Costello Library do not charge fines on their own books
  • Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries both charge fines for overdue items, and these charges will apply to all borrowers, including those from Oswestry
  • Fine rates applied by Shrewsbury and Telford are:
    - For 28 day, 14 day and extended loan books – 25p per day
    - For 48 hour (2 day) loans - £1.00 per day
    - The maximum fine per item is £10
  • Borrowers who have accrued £10 in fines will not be allowed to borrow further items from any Shropshire Health Library, but may renew existing items to avoid incurring further fines
  • Users may pay partial fines and where the amount exceeds £10 are normally expected to pay half of the total
  • The library sends out email reminders for items that are due for return. Emails are sent to the address you supplied at the time of registration

What if I want to reserve something?
You may reserve an item in several ways; by phone, email, in person  or by logging in to your account to place a reservation at You will need a password to use this service. If you do not have a password, or have forgotten it please contact the library for further assistance.

When reserving an item through the SHeLib catalogue you will also be prompted to choose which library you would like to collect your reservation from.

You will be contacted once your item is ready for collection. Reservations are normally held for 1 week prior to collection

What if my circumstances change?
Please tell your library, so that we may keep our records accurate and continue to contact or email you at your current address as necessary

What happens if I lose a book?

  • Borrowers are responsible for the replacement cost of a book
  • The library may charge the current replacement cost of the book, or its nearest equivalent
  • When returning long overdue items that have not been invoiced, you will be required to pay any accrued fines in full
  • If an invoice for a lost item is paid, then fines on that item will be waived

Other library services
We offer a range of other professional services to support you
• Article requests
• Book requests
• Literature searching
• Information skills training
• Current awareness / alerting services
• General help and advice