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Highland Health Sciences Library

Description of Library and services

CORONAVIRUS - LIBRARY UPDATES

Update 18/8/21

FROM 30TH AUGUST THE PHYSICAL LIBRARY SPACE WILL REOPEN. 

The physical library space will reopen from 30th August.  Please bear in mind the following restrictions

  • Some spaces are unavailable due to environmental concerns.
  • Staff will continue to work mainly from home and can be contacted on hhsl@uhi.ac.uk.  Staff may be in the library at certain times, but this will be variable.
  • PC provsion is available but the use of Bring Your Own Devices is encouraged.
  • Masks and hand sanitiser will be provided.  Masks should be worn at all times - unless you are exempt.
  • Social distancing of 1 metre space must be observed.
  • Windows will be kept open at all times, so please dress for warmth and comfort.

The following services will still be available.

  • We have introduced a click and collect [https://uhi-uk.libwizard.com/f/Healthclick] and postal service [https://uhi-uk.libwizard.com/f/HHSLpostout] service.
  • Overdue notices are now being sent out.  There is a returns box opposite the Centre for Health Science Main Reception Desk.   Please also use the NHS Highland internal mail system to return materials.  For people who absolutely cannot do either we have a Freepost system.  Please contact us on hhsl@uhi.ac.uk for details on this.

THE LIBRARY SERVICE CONTINUES TO REMAIN OPEN WITH STAFF WORKING FROM HOME.  PLEASE E-MAIL hhsl@uhi.ac.uk WITH ANY QUERIES/QUESTIONS YOU HAVE AND WE WILL ANSWER THEM. 

THANKS AND STAY SAFE.

ABOUT THE LIBRARY

From August 1st 2017 Highland Health Sciences Library transferred to the University of the Highlands and Islands. It is the only major specialist health library north of Aberdeen, located in the Centre for Health Science which is on the Raigmore Hospital site on the south west side of Inverness.  It serves the academic sector and is also open to all NHS Highland/Highland Council care staff to utilise as an information/evidence/best practice service and is a reference resource for patients and carers.

SERVICES OFFERED

See links below as to how you can avail yourself of the 70+ years collective experience of the library staff in the provision of health care information.  Time-saving accelerated access to better quality evidence.  The evidence based health information specialists for the University of the Highlands and Islands and NHS Highland - If you cannot find what you are looking for in 10 minutes maybe it is time to contact us - hhsl@uhi.ac.uk

 

  • Allow the Library to gift you time - Staff can gift you time and act as additional staff members for assisting you in any aspect of your work – clinical or educational.  If you want to learn how to navigate the mysteries of the Knowledge Network the staff are available to show you.  However the staff can gift you time by seeking out the information for you - please contact us on hhsl@uhi.ac.uk for more information.

 

  • Research expertise - The staff are available to assist with your research at many levels – the collection is research focussed and the staff are used to collaborating and working with researchers.  Staff also assist in the publication process by finding the basic information relating to the research and organising it for the research.  Please contact us on hhsl@uhi.ac.uk for more information.

 

 

 

  • Local, national and international collaboration - The library also collaborates with other library services – eg locally wth Highlife Highland, in Scotland - part of the Scottish Health Information Network, the UK - part of the Health Libraries Group and internationally eg our remote in rural colleagues in Canada and Australia.  This collaboration has many benefits and is currently being utilised in the fight against COVID.

 

  • Space - The Library also provides a multipurpose room for discussions, presentations, or study.  It also provides a quiet room – a dedicated quiet space for silent personal study.   Please contact us on hhsl@uhi.ac.uk for more information.

 

  • Shop - The Library has a small shop consisting of stationery items and stamps for purchase.

OPENING HOURS

Day Open Staffing
Monday- Friday 8am-9pm Intermittent
Saturday 10am-5pm Unstaffed
Sunday 10am-5pm Unstaffed

CONTACT DETAILS

General: Due to the current COVID 19 situation all staff are working remotely.  For the time being please contact us by e-mailing hhsl@uhi.ac.uk  This mailbox is constantly monitored within working hours and your query will be answered ASAP.

Please do not use the contacts below

Thank you.

Telephone: 01463-279800.

e-mail: hhsl@uhi.ac.uk

Ellen-Ann Stephen Assistant:

Telephone: 01463-279838.

e-mail: nell.stephen@uhi.ac.uk

Rob Polson Subject Librarian:

Telephone: 01463-279836.

e-mail: rob.polson@uhi.ac.uk

Chris O'Malley Subject Librarian:

Telephone: 01463-279837.

e-mail: chris.omalley@uhi.ac.uk

HOW TO FIND US

The Library is located in the Centre for Health Science in the grounds of Raigmore Hospital, Inverness. Raigmore is located in the South-Eastern outskirts of the town.

Highland Health Sciences Library
University of the Highlands and Islands
Centre for Health Science
Old Perth Road
Inverness, IV2 3JH
Telephone: 01463-279800.
e-mail: hhsl@uhi.ac.uk
web: http://libguides.uhi.ac.uk/hhsl

Visitor Car Parking

Visitors to the Library are advised that there is a parking charge of £1.00 per day (or part of a day). For all those without passes exit tokens are available from the Reception Desk at the front entrance to the Centre for Health Science.

BRANCH LIBRARY

New Craigs (Psychiatry and Learning Disabilities)

Contact Rob Polson at HHSL. 
Telephone: 01463-279836.
e-mail: rob.polson@uhi.ac.uk
Web: http://www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/Services/Pages/NewCraigsPsychiatricHospital.aspx  

SUBJECT RESEARCH GUIDES

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