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We have a range of over 3000 books covering health-related disciplines with a special emphasis on orthopaedics.  Most books are available for loan, except a few seminal titles which are kept in a reference collection.

On this page you can find information about the books available to you and how to find them.  The page is split into the following sections:

If you would like to know more about who is eligible to join the library, and how to do this see Join the library. Further details on borrowing, renewing and returning books are available on the library home page.

SHeLib catalogue

This is the joint catalogue for Shropshire Health Libraries. Shropshire Health Libraries consists of the Shrewsbury Health Library at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the Telford Health Library at the Princess Royal Hospital, and the  Library & Knowledge Service at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry.

You can search for, renew and reserve books using the online catalogue at:  

Information on how to request a specific book can be found at 'Request a book'.


eBooks are currently available to you in full-text using your ATHENS password. You can find out more about eligibility and how to obtain an ATHENS password at ATHENS.

  • We have a new e-book trial underway running until 8th August at the Trust.

Blackwells our book supplier have given us access to browse titles and have provided access to our top loaned titles in full text available to read and download on PC, laptop, tablet/ipad or mobile phone All you need to log-in is an Athens password and if wanting to download on a mobile device you will be prompted to register and obtain a free app the first time you use it.

Access the e-books by going to:

Contact the library if you would like a demonstration (x 4388 or alternatively a range of help guides are available here:


To encourage staff to take part in the trial and give us feedback we are giving everyone who downloads a book the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.


This comprehensive package of 112 titles features quick-reference guides for easy consultation, as well as classic texts.
The collection complements and adds to the library's provision, with many new titles covering all aspects of orthopaedics and sports medicine. It includes handbooks like the 5-Minute Orthopaedic Consult, 5-Minute Sports Medicine Consult and the Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery (MTOS) Series, Rockwood & Green's Fractures in Adults and Rockwood & Wilkins' Fractures in Children.Assertiveness

Full-text access to titles in the collection is via ATHENS from any internet-connected PC and the library has produced a brief user guide to help with this at:

Alternatively, you may browse or access the collection via the online catalogue at:

The purchase of the collection has been made possible through the generous support of the Orthopaedic Institute.

If you do not have an Athens password please contact the library or click here for further information.



Suggested reading lists

Below are links to reading lists that the library has compiled on popular topics, and in some cases in support of Trust training or for ward induction handbooks.  The books listed are available from Francis Costello Library unless otherwise indicated. You can find them in the library at the shelf mark stated or you may request books by email, telephone or via the library catalogue:


Training course reading lists

Appraisal Training for Managers MBTI
Assertiveness Medical Statistics
Clinical Audit Mental Capacity Act
Communication Nurse Revalidation
Consent Orthopaedic Practice
Critical Appraisal Preceptorship
Dementia Research
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding (DOLS) Service Improvement
Effective Meetings Stress Awareness
Human Factors Time Management


Ward reading lists

Alice Ward Subjects covered: Paediatric Nursing
Ludlow Ward Subjects covered: Orthopaedic Nursing
Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries Subjects covered: Spinal Injuries; Neuroscience
Oswald Ward Subjects covered: Oncology; Orthopaedic Nursing
Pre-operative Assessment Subjects covered: Preoperative Nursing; Perioperative Nursing; Day Surgery

Subjects covered: Rheumatology Nursing


New books

The library maintains a list of new books which is regularly updated. Click here to view the latest new books list. You can also view lists of new books or special collections for RJAH, Shrewsbury and Telford Health Libraries on the SHeLib online catalogue at: You will need to log into the SHeLib book catalogue with your library barcode number (found on the back of your library card) and the password you put on your membership form when you joined the library. If you do not remember these details, please contact the library on ext. 4388 or by e-mail:  To see the new books lists on the SHeLib catalogue, go to the Resource lists link at the bottom left of the screen.