Library & Knowledge Service


The library will reopen for all staff and students at RJAH from Monday 3rd August. 

Access to the library will be slightly different, but the service we offer remains the same! 

We have reduced capacity in the library because of social distancing requirements so it will be necessary to book PCs/study space between 9am and 4pm Monday – Friday

A member of the library team will be available in the library at these times and you can book either by phone or email. 

Our contact details are below:
Phone: 01691 404388

If you have not booked a space and come in to the library we will allocate a space if there is one available – however we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate you, so we are advising that you book if possible.  To ensure fairness to all staff we will not be able to take block bookings. 
To ensure the safety of everyone using the library and the library team we ask that you follow the guidance below:

  • Please us the hand sanitiser provided at the library entrance, prior to entering the library.

  • To facilitate social distancing we can only accommodate a maximum of 10 people in the library at any time (excluding library team members).  8 in the main library, and a maximum of 2 in the Quiet Zone.  7 PCs are available to book.

  • Sanitising wipes are provided by every workstation; please ensure you wipe your computer down before and after use.

  • Please wipe down the printer and self-issue machine after use with the wipes provided.

  • Please wipe the phone provided for your use before and after using it.

  • Please do not enter the library team’s workspace.  We can no longer permit use of the library team’s phone, and also ask that you do not use the staff workstations at any time. 
  • Please do not leave bags, coats or other belongings in the library if you are not there, and ensure you take all paperwork with you – a confidential waste bin is located at the bottom of the stairs.


For now the library will only be available for study/work purposes and if you would like to borrow books we are asking you to use our order and collect service. Please make your request via the library staff or by email and we will ensure that your books are ready for collection. 

If you would like to return any books, you can do so by returning them in the Book Return Box outside the main doors to the library.

If you require a literature search please continue to request this via email to the library team.


We do have some e-books available on the catalogue and you will need your OpenAthens login to access them. 

We also have some Proquest e-books which can be viewed and requested here - again, you will need your OpenAthens login to access.


The full list of e-journals available to RJAH staff can be viewed on NICE A-Z List. To access, you will need to login using your OpenAthens.

If you have any problems accessing journal articles, please email the library with the article citation and we'll source the article for you.


BMJ Best Practice:

BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool that offers a step-by-step approach to help manage patient diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

You can access BMJ Best Practice at home/work, but you must have registered in the first instance on a RJAH work computer.  Register and access here.


Contact Us

Library & Knowledge Service
RJAH Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY10 7AG. 

Tel: 01691 404388
Fax: 01691 404071
Twitter Account: / @CostelloLib