Walk-in access

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Walk-in reference use of the library

Some patients and members of the public may visit the library with a reference they wish to follow up by using the library’s print stock.

For example:
“I saw an item in the Times quoting some research in the latest issue of the Lancet. Can I have a copy of the article?OrMy GP suggests I look at the book Fast Facts on Diabetes. Do you have a copy? I would like a copy of the chapter on……………………

Individual libraries may decide to charge for providing a printing, photocopying or scanning service.

Idea Guidance Links to relevant websites, Innovation awards, examples etc.
Start a Health Information section Books, leaflets, posters and a computer available to search with/without guidance. Innovation Award 29
Accept referrals Make your library open to individual referrals from other sector libraries –  other will tell you that this does not result in floods of referrals!  


Stock Books on Prescription (“Reading Well”) Stock the same BoP books as your local public library and promote these to staff for themselves or patients. Incorporate BoP as part of the Trust’s wider health and wellbeing agenda. The collection is also available for general borrowing. Innovation Award 6

Reading Well