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Who can join

You are entitled to full library services if you are

  • NHS employed staff
  • Staff delivering NHS commissioned care
  • Student or academic member of Plymouth University Faculty of Health and Human Sciences and Peninsula Dental School
  • Student or academic members of the Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry
  • Student or academic members of the University of Exeter Medical School
  • Students on placement
  • Hospice staff
  • SWASFT staff

Public/walk in access

In addition limited access to the library is permitted for the general public.

Books and journals may be consulted within the library but may not be borrowed. However photocopies may be made, within the legal limit, at a cost of 5p per A4 sheet.

  • Computer/internet access

Access to library computers or the internet is not possible for anyone other than NHS employees or registered students. Internet access is provided through NHS or the University of Exeter or Plymouth University network, which is strictly limited for reasons of data security and confidentiality.

In addition, use of software and databases is regulated by licence agreements. Individuals wishing to use computers or the Internet are recommended to use the public library service.

  • Staff assistance
    Library staff are able to offer basic advice such as indicating where to look on the shelves or giving instructions for using the photocopier. However extensive advice or assistance, which would use staff time otherwise devoted to supporting core library users, is not possible.
  • Patient information
    Patients are recommended to use the The Link Centre at the Royal Cornwall Hospital which keeps up to date information geared towards patients’ needs. Contact the The Link Centre by telephone on 01872 252793.
  • Associate membership
    Alternatively you may wish to pay an annual fee to join the library. As an associate member you are entitled to borrow books from the library service.

Please see the Associate membership policy or ask library staff for more details.