HNE Health Libraries is undergoing significant change and transformation. Change is not unique to our District library service which has undergone many re-developments since its inception as the Gardiner Library, a single branch service commissioned in 1980/81 at the Royal Newcastle Hospital. Since that time the Library and its team of skilled qualified staff have delivered uninterrupted library services to health service staff.
“While the way we access and deliver information services has changed dramatically over time,” said the Acting District Manager, Angela Smith, “the Library remains committed to the delivery of information services that facilitate evidence based care and evidence informed decision making. We are in the business of empowering and supporting HNELHD staff to deliver exceptional patient care, improve the quality of research, reduce health care costs, create new knowledge and ensure health equity across the District.”
The Library’s resources and services are available via the Library website where you will find access to the catalogue and quick access to a range of information resources, recorded education and training as well as access to services like literature searching, training and document delivery.
Library staff are on-site daily at the Mater and Tamworth assisting staff and operating in a ‘hybrid’ library environment with print and electronic resources.
This week will see the closure of the library at the JHH to make way for the development of the Health Innovation Living Lab (HILL). Once established the HILL will be the home of HNE Health Libraries on the John Hunter Campus. Over the coming years this service will work to equitably support the district’s information needs through digital resources alongside our remaining physical collection, capturing, curating and sharing knowledge and connecting people and expertise.
A reading room in the RNC has been made available during the building period. Staff will be available to assist you access the services and resources you need. A small number of PCs and desk space will also be available. Lookout for the Library banner in the area adjacent to the RNC coffee shop.
Please continue to access library services via the Library website, use our chatbox to get support, email, phone us, or drop in to your nearest branch to discuss your information needs. We’re still here and look forward to continuing to provide your health information needs as we rewrite, renew and reimagine the future direction of HNE Health Libraries.
If you have any questions, please contact HNE Health Libraries...