About the Service

Library Services reduced by COVID-19

The impact of COVID-19 is unprecedented for all the NHS workforce, including the Library & Knowledge Service. Library staff are now finding it increasingly challenging to continue to provide a comprehensive service to our users. As a result, on most days, it is unlikely that staff will be available in the library itself. We intend to do our best to monitor emails from home, and will respond to you as soon as possible.

Items currently on loan have had an extra extension applied to avoid the need to come into the library if you are self-isolating. Our colleagues in other libraries are also affected, so we are unable to obtain books from elsewhere. We hope to continue delivering online articles to you when requested, as well as provide an Evidence Search service. This is likely to be within a longer turnaround time than usual, and might have to be reassessed.

Please use this library website for links to OpenAthens, BMJ Best Practice, Dynamed Plus and Clinical Skills, and other online resources.

We hope you all stay healthy during this time, and look forward to assisting you when some normality returns.

Best wishes

The Library & Knowledge Service

Email us at asp-tr.library@nhs.net

Looking for key resources on COVID-19? We have compiled a list which is regularly updated; see also the PHE Knowledge and Library Services evidence page

BMJ Best Practice point-of-care tool

Access latest evidence on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). No login required. Link

Cochrane Library

Coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19). This page highlights content from the Cochrane Library relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Link

Dynamed point-of-care tool

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus). No login required. Link

E-Learning packages

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) Coronavirus programme. Created in response to the COVID-19 and being updated regularly. Link

Elseveier's Toolkits for healthcare professionals

Front-line clinical tools and resources to help you deliver excellent care and information to your patients. Link

Intensive Care Society: Wellbeing Resource Library

Working with Dr Julie Highfield, Consultant Clinical Psychologist to bring you resources and advice on how to sustain wellbeing during COVID-19 and beyond, including advice for sustaining staff wellbeing in critical care during and beyond COVID-19 and self-care during COVID-19. Link

MindEd Covid-19 Resilience Hub

Helping front line staff in the NHS and care services manage your own mental health and wellbeing, whilst looking after others during the Covid-19 crisis. Link


Rapid guidelines and evidence reviews. Link

Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service

The Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM) has committed its skills and expertise in evidence synthesis and dissemination to the effort against the current COVID-19 pandemic. This page is updated regularly. Link

Oxford Medicine Online

ASPH OpenAthens account required. The collection includes around 1400 books including all the Oxford Medical and Nursing Handbooks and Textbooks. Click link and go to 'Sign in via your Institution' and select 'NHS in England' Link

WHO COVID-19 Database

WHO is gathering the latest international multilingual scientific findings and knowledge on COVID-19. The majority of citations referenced are published journal articles. The global literature cited in the WHO COVID-19 database is updated daily (Monday through Friday) from searches of bibliographic databases, hand searching, and the addition of other expert-referred scientific articles. Particular emphasis is placed on identifying literature from around the world. Multiple search strategies that are under continual revision are used to obtain this global perspective. New research is added regularly. Link

Search for books and articles (via OpenAthens)