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Colchester General Hospital Library & Information Service

Library Opening Hours

The Library is open 24/7 for all Colchester Hospital staff.

The library is staffed:
Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm


An NHS Open Athens account gives you access to bibliographic databases such as CINAHL, Embase, Medline, PsycINFO and many electronic journals.

In addition you have access to E-books and much more.

Health Database Advanced Search (HDAS)

The NHS has its' own version of Medline, along with CINAHL, EMBASE, PsycINFO and other databases; where all the online and print journals purchased on behalf of the NHS, at national, regional and local level are available.

Search these databases with your Athens username and password and you will see the full text articles you are entitled to as an NHS staff member.

A comprehensive personal, or group training session taking about an hour, can be arranged during library hours. This can be both within the library or at your site (subject to availability) contact us by phone or email

HDAS can be used here (you will need to enter your Athens username and password)

There are Training Guides to the Healthcare databases in pdf format which you can download here.

Please note searching PubMed on the open internet does not link you to the many journals bought for you by the NHS


Current journals are only available electronically and they can be accessed by using your Athens account.

Alternatively go to the home page of under "Athens & E-Resources" select "Find a journal" You will need to enter your Athens username and password to find links to all journal titles available to you in full text.

You will also find links to those held in this Library in hard copy giving the years available.

Print Journals

We do not hold current journals in print. The collection of print journals held within Colchester General Hospital Library and shown on as above is not available for loan.

However they may be accessed in the library, and copied, with adherence to copyright law.

Journal Article Request

If at any time you are unable to find the article you require you may request it from us. Please go to, log into your account and click on 'Make a request', 'Request a journal article', fill in and submit the online form. If you can't remember your username and password get in touch with a member of the Library Team.


Registered library members may borrow up to 8 books for three weeks, renewals are possible. Please contact the Library for further details.

Fines are charged on books returned late. We have an overnight returns box in front of the Postgraduate Building if you are unable to visit within our open times.

We always email a reminder when your books are due, and also email overdue notices. It is really important that you keep us up to date with any changes to your contact details.

Requesting Books

Fines and charges

Most of the services the library are absolutely free.

Printing and photocopying is available to staff with a valid CHUFT computer ID and password. Fines are charged at a rate of 20p per book per day which equates to £1 per week per book.

Your details

Please update your details when any changes are made. You can do this by contacting the Library Team.

Further questions

If your question has not been answered here then please contact us by phone on 01206 742146 or by email.