The  Health Libraries and Information Services Directory (HLISD) is the definitive source of  contact information for NHS libraries in England.The directory covers the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

As well as the NHS, it provides information about health libraries and information services in further and higher education, government, professional bodies, patient information and voluntary organisations.

If you need help updating your service’s HLISD entry, contact your regional editor.  If you have suggestions for improvements to the directory, contact the HLISD team.

Managers of NHS-funded library services in England are asked to ensure that:

  • The entry for your service is accurate and up-to-date.
  • All staff in your team who consent are included in the entry (as a minimum: name, job role and email address, which can be the generic email address for your service).
  • You obtain team members consent to having their contact details included.  Make them aware of the HLISD Privacy Notice which explains how their personal data is kept.  They have the right not to have their details included.
  • You remove individuals’ contact details from HLISD if they request it, or if they leave.

HLISD is jointly funded by Health Education England and the CILIP Health Libraries Group.  A Board oversees the management and development of HLISD.

An API is being developed so that HLISD can interoperate with other systems.


[Page last updated: 7 August 2020]