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Library and Selected Resources

General Information

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Our objective is to contribute to the quality of healthcare by helping our users to make effective use of the knowledgebase of healthcare.

This website contains information about our service, which is available to NHS staff working in Bedfordshire and to medical students on placement. We have also included links to a wide range of good quality health resources that are available on the web. The Medical Librarian who is responsible for this site carefully evaluates all the health resources that are recommended here. This site does not host or receive funding from advertising. To navigate this site please use the menus below and follow the links.

All our users are required to register with the library. Please bring your employment ID when you visit us. Your ID card must be available for inspection at all times.

Contact us

For and enquiries and renewals email: bevan@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk or telephone internal ext. 2864

To contact Carol Smith, Librarian, and ATHENS enquiries tel: 01234 355122 ext. 5326 or email: Carol.smith@bedfordhospital.nhs.uk


 Our Resources

Other Resources

Apadlock symbol by a resource indicates that a NHS Athens Password is required for access. This password allows access to a wide range of health resources.

Click here to Register for a NHS Athens password

Journals – A – Z list with links to electronic journals

User Guide – contains details of our stock and services and how you can access them

Medical Masterclass

If you are preparing for the MRCP examination, please contact the library to register for a password to this site.

OVID Journals – Around 180 full text journals, select’your journals’ after you log in

Proquest Journals Database – covers over 1700 journals in medicine, nursing and allied health

If you search PubMed using this link, your results will be displayed under three tabs. Click on the East of England tab to retrieve articles that have links to the full text from journals that we subscribe to.

 NHS Evidence is a single gateway to a comprehensive range of health and social care evidence and information. It is managed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Databases –

AMED, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, EMBASE, HMIC, MEDLINE and PsycINFO.

Electronic Books – More than 400 titles

Evidence Based Reviews – Selected resources providing the best available evidence for effective health care


Specialist Collections

Collections of clinical and non- clinical resources for different communities of practice are available in NHS Evidence.

For SEPT Staff Only

CPD On-line – from The Royal College of Psychiatrists is a learning resource for mental health professionals. This self-teaching resource offers a wealth of learning modules and podcasts covering a vast range of topics. It provides a flexible, interactive way of keeping up to date with progress in mental health.

Information for students

Information for Students at University of Bedfordshire

Memorandum of Understanding


Internet Resources

Click Here for selected and evaluated Internet resources in health and medicine

Find a Journal citation

Free Archive of Life Sciences Journals at PubMed Central

Free Medical Journals.com

For Patients

Medical Advice Now – From NHS Choices

Selected Internet Resources

The Bevan Library provides these links to health resources to help improve, not replace the relationship that exists between a patient and his/her physician

This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.


Whilst we make every effort to evaluate the sites that we have linked, the library accepts no responsibility for the content of external websites.

Privacy Policy

The Bevan Library considers that your privacy and confidentiality is important. Accordingly no information, other than type of search and times that the site is accessed is collated from usage of this site.


Annual Reports

Bevan Library Annual Report 2012/13

Bevan Library Annual Report 2013/14

Annual report 2015a

Bevan Library Bedford Hospital NHS Trust Annual report 2016