About Us

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What we do

Library and Knowledge Services are here to support healthcare staff and students by providing the best evidence, information, and resources to support clinical decision making, research, and lifelong professional development. 

With access to thousands of online journals, hundreds of ebooks, and many evidence resources, we also have healthcare libraries at each of the three acute hospital sites, covering an extensive subject range from medicine, nursing, management, education, science, and other health-related areas. 

We offer article and book request services; literature searching; skills training in evidence searching, critical appraisal and statistics; computer access, free WiFi, and quiet study areas.

Wheelchair users - the libraries at Canterbury and Margate are readily accessible for wheelchair users. 

Please note that the library at William Harvey Hospital is accessible via a lift at the end of the main corridor near Folkestone Ward, then continuing through the Cardiac Catheter Suite on the first floor and into the Education Centre.


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Opening Times

All three libraries are staffed:

Monday - Friday, 09.00 - 17.00

Please note that books can only be borrowed during staffed hours.

24-hour Access

24-Hour Access is available at all three of our libraries. You will need a 24-Hour Keyfob to gain entry after 18:00 and before 07:00 on weekdays, and at all times during weekends. (After 17:00 and before 08:00 in the library at Margate)

Please call in to your site library and we will loan an access fob to your Library Account. At William Harvey Hospital you also have the option of enabling your SmartCard for access. 

How do I join?

We are currently operating an online-only registration process, due to COVID-19 restrictions. You can sign-up using our online form here: 

You will receive a welcome email the next day containing your library account details. 

Membership is available to staff and students within the following Trusts and organisations: 

  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (EKHUFT)
  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust (KMPT)
  • Kent Community Health NHS Trust (KCHT)
  • Clinical Commissioning Group staff (local CCGs)
  • East Kent GPs and their staff
  • South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB)
  • Students on placement at EKHUFT
  • Pilgrims Hospices

Please note that locally-funded resources made available via OpenAthens accounts may vary depending on which NHS organisation you belong to. Log in to your account at openathens.net to see the full list of resources available to you. All EKHUFT employees, as well as medical and nursing students on placement within EKHUFT, have access to our full range of resources.

Patient access

Patients are welcome to come in to the Libraries as well - we can help you access general information on conditions, and advise you on relevant books for use within the library.

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Get in touch


The Library

Education Centre
Kent and Canterbury Hospital
Ethelbert Road


The Library

Education Centre
William Harvey Hospital
Kennington Road
TN24 0LZ


The Library

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital
Ramsgate Road

For general enquiries and inter-library loans, please email: 

To contact the library Issue Desk, please call: 

  • 01227 766877, ext. 722-4354
  • 01227 864354 (direct line)

For general enquiries and inter-library loans, please email: 

To contact the library Issue Desk, please call: 

  • 01233 633331, ext. 723-8413


For general enquiries and inter-library loans, please email: 

To contact the library Issue Desk, please call:

  • 01843 225544, ext. 725-3557


Staff contacts

Sally Crosthwaite - Knowledge Services Manager

Telephone: 01227 766877, ext. 722-4355

John King - Assistant Librarian (working across all three libraries)

Telephone: 012227 766877, ext. 722-4156

Tom Hitchmough - Senior Library Assistant

Telephone: 01227 766877, ext. 722-2721

Mary Skingley - Library Assistant

Telephone: 01227 766877, ext. 722-4354

Mark Kerr - Clinical Librarian

Telepone: 01233 633331, ext. 723-8414

Jacqui Temple - Senior Library Assistant

Telephone: 01233 633331, ext. 723-8413

Alexandra Franklin - Library Assistant

Telephone: 01233 633331, ext. 723-8414

Jonathan Baker - Clinical Outreach Librarian

Telephone: 01843 225544, ext. 725-3210

Amber Bensted - Senior Library Assistant

Telephone: 01843 225544, ext. 725-5048

Zoe Grant - Library Assistant

Telephone: 01843 225544, ext. 725-3557

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