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Find out more about joining and using the library.

Join the library

All staff and students on placement at the hospital, plus other NHS staff working within the South Essex community, are eligible to join the library. You will need to register as a library member before borrowing items.

You can register in person at the library by showing your NHS ID badge or student ID along with your hospital placement dates. Alternatively, you can download and email a completed copy of the library membership form, available below, from your hospital email account (Southend University Hospital staff only).

Members must agree to abide by the library regulations, which are outlined on page two of the library membership form. It is your responsibility to notify us of any changes to your personal details. Library membership cards and PIN numbers are not transferable.

On request, members of the public can access the library on a reference-only basis.

Meet the team

We are a friendly and approachable team of healthcare librarians and our aim is to support you in your work, learning, professional development and research. Please feel free to contact the library team or visit the library and we'll assist you with your information requirements.

  • Karen Morgan - Library and Knowledge Manager
  • B. Calles Cartas - Assistant Librarian (Clinical and Outreach)
  • Vacant - Assistant Librarian (Resources)
  • D. Marden - Library Assistant
  • S. Gainsford - Library Assistant

Library facilities

The library holds over 7000 books and a range of print journal titles. Additional facilities include:

  • 27 PCs, available for hospital staff and students on placement with a Trust IT account
  • WiFi
  • Photocopying, printing and faxing (charge applies)
  • Study space, including 24-hour access to the Library and Quiet Study Room for library members