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Peninsula Medical School building

Last updated: 14 January 2016

Exeter Health Library is located at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Find out how we can help you in your training, education and daily work.

This NHS-managed library is on the first floor of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry building at the back of the hospital (opposite Exeter School on Barrack Road). We are now linked to the new RILD Building via a walkway - access only through the main RILD entrance.

Opening hours: core staffed 09.00 to 17.00 (doors open at 08.30) Monday to Friday. Access is now available 24/7 with NHS proximity or RILD out-of-hours cards. Contact library staff for details.

The Library was established in 1813 to serve the Devon and Exeter Hospital. In 2004 the Library moved into the Peninsula Medical School building on the RDE Hospital campus. The historical collections are now held in Exeter Cathedral Library.

Extracts from early minute books of the Exeter Medical Library show how the Library sought to "widen access to the knowledge base of healthcare" even before the Internet.

The library serves the staff of the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust and the local NHS community, students on placement within the Trust, and the staff and students of the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry/UEMS.

The library holds:

small blue bullet Over 10,000 unique print titles and over 12,000 items in total
small blue bullet Access to over 200 journals in print
small blue bullet Over 100 current journals
small blue bullet Over 40% of the books held at Exeter Health Library have been published in the last 5 years

Other library facilities:

small blue bullet 17 NHS computers connected to the hospital network for private study (NHS username required)
small blue bullet Over 2 dozen University of Exeter computers (available only to PCMD/UEMS staff/students)
small blue bullet Wifi access (via Exeter University) for staff and students, EDUROAM users and those with their own devices. Daily login available on request - ask at the Library desk for details. No NHS wifi access is available yet.
small blue bullet Specialised software on some computers (e.g. EndNote, Reference Manager, SPSS, Stats Direct and the hospital Intranet)
small blue bullet Laser printing from the NHS network (5p per A4 sheet for NHS users, university users please top-up your online printing account to print)
small blue bullet Photocopying and scanning facilities (10p per A4 sheet for photocopying, scanning is free)
small blue bullet Quiet study area available if room not in use for teaching
small blue bullet If your bleep goes off while in the library a phone is available to answer it on the library front desk
small blue bullet There is also a Fine Fillings restaurant/coffee bar on the ground floor of the RILD building, open during the morning and early afternoons

How the library can help you

small blue bullet Books, journals, article and report requests - where we don't have an item we can request for you
small blue bullet Training on how to use NHS and Internet databases and get the best out of the Internet
small blue bullet Quiet space to study (when not in use for teaching)

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