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A multi-disciplinary collection of materials on all aspects of palliative and end-of-life care


Due to the current situation the Library is closed until further notice. We will however continue to provide an online service. Please email any enquiries to

The library aims to offer a comprehensive service, providing information for evidence-based patient care, continuing professional development, education and research.

It houses a multi-disciplinary collection of materials on all aspects of palliative and end-of-life care, including specialist journal titles, books and reports.

There is also a range of resources available for patients and their carers and families. This includes books, leaflets, CDs and DVDs from organisations such as Macmillan, the Department of Health and local charities providing support and practical help.

Download the library guide here


If you need help with finding resources, printing and photocopying, accessing e-resources, literature searching or have any other information enquiries, please contact us by phone, email or by visiting the library which you will find in the Education and Conference Centre on the 1st floor.

The library is usually open. Please email the library inbox or contact the education centre for enquiries (details below)

Contact us

Telephone: 01223 675801 (Education Centre)


The library subscribes to the print version only of the following journal.  If you can't get to the library and would like a copy of any of the articles, please contact us and we can send a copy.

NHS Core Content and Athens Accounts

Staff, volunteers and students working at Arthur Rank Hospice have access to the national core content, a range of electronic databases, full-text journals and e-books.  An Athens account will be needed for most of these resources.  You can check eligibility and register for Athens via the NHS Evidence website at  Your Athens account will also give you electronic access to the paid-for content of many of the journals we previously subscribed to.

Current Awareness

Contents pages

Receiving the contents pages of journals to is a good way of keeping up-to-date with the literature in areas of interest and relevance to your work. We regularly forward new content alerts to a number of journals or can help you to set up the alerts yourself.

Current Awareness Bulletin

The Arthur Rank House Palliative and End of Life Care blog is updated monthly and includes reports and articles from a wide range of specialist journals plus some of the most popular general medical and nursing titles. Links to the full text are included where available (you will need your Athens password in most instances).

Click on the link below to access the bulletin.

Document supply and interlibrary loans service

Requesting items not held in the library

If we do not have the journal article or book you need we can usually get it from another library.  Please send details  to 

Items can be collected from the library or delivered to your work or home address.

How much will it cost?

Please see 'Charges' in the panel on the right hand side.

How long does the request take?

Most articles arrive arrive within 24 hours of the library requesting them.  The rest will usually arrive within 2-3 days. Book requests usually arrive within 3-14 days, depending on where they are being borrowed from.

Library catalogue

ELMS is the Eastern Libraries catalogue which provides information about resources available at Arthur Rank Hospice and at all NHS healthcare libraries in the East of England region. It can be browsed by anyone but members will need a library ID and pin number to manage their accounts online.  Please contact the library for your access details. 

Click on the link to access the catalogue: ELMS East of England Libraries catalogue

Reading Lists

Clicking on the links below will take you to lists of books that are available in the library on specific topics.

Critical Appraisal

Critical appraisal is a process of systematically evaluating the evidence for accuracy, relevance and validity, eliminating research that isn’t relevant or robust enough for the question you are asking.

The library has a number of books which can help you to appraise evidence. Search the catalogue by clicking on the link above or speak to the library staff if you need help finding and using resources.  

Checklists and guidance are available from a number of organisations to help users appraise articles, usually adapted for different types of studies; for example, randomised controlled trials or systematic reviews. The following link to the Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP) or the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine (CEBM) websites from which you can download a range of checklists.  These organisations also offer a variety of training opportunities.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme (CASP)

CEBM Critical Appraisal Tools



To apply for membership please contact:

Membership is available to Arthur Rank Hospice staff and volunteers and to staff working for other healthcare organisations in the area who are providing palliative or end of life care to patients.  Students on placement and those attending courses at Arthur Rank Hospice may be given temporary membership.

For those unable to visit the library in person services can be provided over the telephone, through the post or via email.

Non-members are welcome to use the library for reference purposes and may photocopy items of interest on payment of the appropriate charges


Interlibrary loans

  • Members: no charge
  • Non-members:  service not available

Document supply

  • Members:  no charge 
  • Non-members:  articles charged at 5p per page 


  • Members:  there is no charge for photocopying or printing carried out for work purposes.  Personal and coursework copying or printing is charged at 5p per page for black and white copies
  • Non-members:  all copying and printing is charged at 5p per page for black and white copies

The same charges will apply to items downloaded from the internet by the library staff.


If you are not sure what is allowed, please ask the library staff or see the posters above the photocopier.