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Welcome to International Colleagues

Information about the library for international colleagues

Welcome to your library service

Welcome to the library.  We serve all ambulance services in England except South Western Ambulance Service and the Isle of Wight.  Your librarian is Matt Holland,  Matt can be reached by eMail at We can help you whether you are a Newly Qualified Paramedic or undertaking a research project.  Just get in touch. 

We are a virtual service

We are a virtual service.  This means there is no physical library.  All our books and journals are online.  You can contact the library through our website [ ] and request services such as literature searches or copies of books and journal articles using online forms.  If you prefer to eMail you requests and questions our eMail address is

NHS OpenAthens

To access any resources you need an NHS OpenAthens account.   This gives you a User Name and Password to login to National Health Service (NHS) provided resources.  Registration is free and simple to do.  Complete the online form here to create your account.  Use this User Name and Password whenever you are asked to login with NHS OpenAthens. 


You have access to thousands of eBooks through the library's eBook service VLe. Follow the links to login with your NHS OpenAthens account. We welcome suggestions for new titles.  Just let the library know if there is a book you want that isn't available.  

Knowledge and Library Hub

The Knowledge and Library Hub is a single point of entry to library resources.  Click on the link and login using your NHS OpenAthens account.  From the Hub you can search databases (Medline), access the full text of journal articles, find eBooks and clinical reference (BMJ Best Practice). 

Your Librarian is Matt Holland

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Matt Holland
Ladybridge Hall, Chorley New Road, Bolton. BL1 5DD