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Library Services

Welcome to NHS Grampian Library and Knowledge Services Website

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This website provides information on library services on a Grampian-wide basis from joining a library, finding out about historic collections, to searching for articles online using the comprehensive resources of the Link opens in new windowNHS Knowledge Network.  Requests for books and journals can also be made without leaving your desk using our Link opens in new windowSHELCAT online catalogue. 



News and Upcoming Events

New Scottish Government policy regarding photocopying print publications in NHS Scotland

  • The Scottish Government is implementing a new policy regarding the photocopying of print publications across NHS Scotland.  This policy is designed to minimise the risk of NHS Boards and/or staff being prosecuted for copying items in breach of the Copyright Act. 
    For more information see Link opens in new windowhere (external only)  and here (internal)

  • Shelcat Phase Two - NHSG Library Services

    In March 2008, NHS Grampian Library & Knowledge Services launched a new on-line catalogue, called Shelcat (Scottish Health Libraries Catalogue). Shelcat is a national programme: NHSG is one of 41 Scottish NHS libraries that took part in the first phase of its introduction. Shelcat improves the delivery of library services across NHS Grampian but it has meant some administrative changes for users of NHSG libraries.   Phase two is now underway which has meant another 11 libraries in NHS, voluntary health sector and a Royal College have signed up to join the system.  This brings the total number of libraries involved to 52 and over 11,500 users have registered to take advantage of the services offered.

    Click here to find out the full details of the benefits and changes that Shelcat brings.

    >> Link opens in new windowNHS Grampian Libraries accredited Quality Assurance Framework Level 3.

    >> Link opens in new windowNew Library Books Showcase at the Royal Cornhill Hospital 

Interlibrary Loan Services

Our electronic interlibrary loan ordering service has recently gone through some exciting changes with the arrival of our new online catalogue (SHELCAT).    All interlibrary loan requests should now be made via the SHELCAT website.


You will need to login with your library barcode number and pin number to enable you to make ILL requests.

Click on the Request tab to proceed with a journal article or book request.


A simplified guide to using the online catalogue can be found Link opens in new windowhere

For a more indepth guide to the catalogue click Link opens in new windowhere

The document delivery service enables NHS Grampian Library members to obtain books, journal articles, reports etc. that are not held in the Library.

We participate in the SHINE (Scottish Health Information Network), Grampian Information and PLCS (Psychiatric Libraries Co-operative Scheme) interlibrary lending schemes, and have access to other libraries, including British Library, National Library of Scotland and BMA Library.

A request for a journal article or book is considered to be an 'Interlibrary Loan Request' when the Library has to order the item from another library within the United Kingdom. A similar journal article or book request is considered to be an 'Interbranch Request' when the item is available from other NHS Grampian library sites e.g. Dr Grays Hospital, and Cornhill Library.   Interbranch and Interlibrary requests can also be made online via Shelcat or alternatively via your local NHSG library.

All requests are processed within three working days.  It can take up to two weeks for some journal articles or books to arrive, however most requests arrive within a week.  When your article arrives it is sent out direct to your department address.  Books should be collected from Cornhill Library, Clerkseat Building, Royal Cornhill Hospital.