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About Us and Our Services

The underpinning aim of the NHS library services is to put knowledge to work, which in turn will transform patient care and public health.

Quotation taken from The Library Quality Assurance Framework

The framework provides a clear focus for action planning across all NHS library services, driving forward a quality improvement plan, offering clarity of direction for service managers and transparency of development to meet business and client need.

The COMET Library
The COMET Library at Luton and Dunstable Hospital provides a most important source of support for learning, research and those who continually strive to improve patient care and patient outcomes.

  • The Library is centrally located within the hospital but delivers information services to staff at their place of need. We embrace electronic resources.
  • The skilled librarians can help you find evidence to support decisions about patient care
  • We help you access best evidence
  • We will undertake systematic literature searches
  • We can provide training and support to enable you to undertake your own search
  • We can help if you need quality information for clinical teaching or to keep up to date with developments in your specialty
  • We support continuing professional development and help when studying for a further qualification
  • We will help you plan your research
  • We provide a resource for academic learning and research, somewhere quiet to revise and study

Our Commitment
Our commitment includes providing an efficient services, appropriate collections and provision of a study environment supported by advice and guidance on finding information.

An outline of services and a code of conduct is available to download.

The library is open 24/7 and core staffing is Monday to Friday from 8.30- 18.30.

  • The library staff can help to support your work projects or research by carrying out literature searches through access to specialist databases covering a broad range of health topics.
  • One to one trainingand group training on the health databases can be arranged to assist you with your research.
  • There are computers with internet access to be used for study purposes.
  • The library holds a core collection of about 3,000 books and eBooks and 3000 ejournalscovering clinical and non-clinical subject areas: including pharmacology, pathology, medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, geriatrics, nursing and allied health subjects.
  • Paper Journalsare not available for loan, but can be read in the library; alternatively articles can scanned or copied (within the NHS copyright restrictions). Most journals are available via your Discovery Service
  • Resources which are not in stock can usually be borrowed from other libraries in the East of England region.
  • Most items may be renewed if not required by another person. Failure to return books can result in suspension of membership and a request for the cost of replacing the item, plus an administration fee.

Management and staffing

  • The Library and Information service is managed (operationally and strategically) and led by a qualified librarian as defined by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals.
  • There is an appropriate skill mix of qualified competent personnel and support staff to ensure efficient operation of the library and information service, determined by a skill mix review at defined intervals and whenever there are changes to the service.
  • There is a designated Chief Knowledge Officer accountable for the library and information service.
  • The staff responsible for the delivery of the Library and Information Services shall do all of the following:
    • liaise with staff at other HCOs who are responsible for the provision of library services, learning facilities, Education Providers, information and communication technology departments (ICT), and other relevant personnel and organisations, to ensure that best practice is adopted and unnecessary duplication is avoided
    • actively participate in and contribute to the NHS East of England Health Libraries Group and adhere to network policies and standards
    • actively support the implementation of relevant strategies introduced or implemented by the Authority, and national strategies, particularly in connection with the exploitation of evidence based practice and knowledge resources that support service priorities.

Contact Us
01582 497201
The COMET Library
Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lewsey Road