About Us

The Library and Information Service is here to support Evidence Based Practice within the Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, connecting you with high quality information to assist you in providing the best services possible to our service users.

The Library and Information Service is available to all staff and students at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust no matter where in the Trust you are based.

The Library provides:

  • A multidisciplinary collection of books covering all clinical disciplines of relevance to the Trust.
  • A space for agile working or study with access to 12 PCs available on a drop-in basis.
  • An OpenAthens account to access all the online resources.
  • A suite of online journals, eBooks and medical databases available at your desktop.
  • A literature searching service to help you find the evidence.
  • Training on using library resources, literature searching and study skills.
  • Current awareness services to keep you up-to-date.
  • An Outreach Librarian service to support you in your work.

The Library is based at the Lantern Centre in Preston and is open between 8.30am and 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

The Library and Information Services also supports patients’ libraries at The Harbour in Blackpool and Guild Secure Services in Whittingham, providing inpatients with access to reading books.

This blog provides daily updates of new research, journal articles, news items, reports and more to help keep you up-to-date with the latest developments in the world of health care.  You can subscribe to email alerts from the home page.

For any enquiries please contact the Library by emailing academic.library@lancashirecare.nhs.uk or phoning 01772 773510.

If you would like to join the Library please click here to fill out a membership form and send it to the email address above.

Find out more about what the Library and Information service has to offer by watching this video.

How do Library Services make a difference?

Click here to listen to Clare Berry, Deputy Manager and Community Mental Health Nurse for the Rapid Intervention and Treatment team, talking about how the Library helped her with literature search training.

Click here to listen to Joanne Inman, Occupational Therapy Lead, talking about how using the Library has had an impact on the delivery of patient services and how Library Services assisted her while doing a PhD.

Click here to listen to Paul Bibby, Head of Strategy and Business Planning, talk about how Library Services made an impact.

Library documents:

Library Annual Report 2018

Library Privacy Policy

Library and Information Service Plan 2016-2019

LCFT Library Plan on a Page 2016-2019

Library Strategic Implementation Plan 2016

UCLAN SLA Report 2015