Easter Office Opening Times


The library office will be closed on Friday and Monday for Easter. We reopen at 8.30am on Tuesday 23rd of April.

The library reading room, IT room and e-library discovery at www.bedfordshirehealthlibraries.nhs.uk will be open 24/7.

Please email any requests to library@ldh.nhs.uk and we will attend to them when we return.

Upcoming Spring Library Training

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The weather is improving, we just had a heatwave and the second winter is arriving. And that can only mean it is spring! Get yourself ready for the coming year, with a library information skills session.

Evidence-Based Literature Searching

Our most popular sessions, we discuss Basic Literature Searching using evidence-based resources such as NHS Evidence and progress to in-depth searching through databases such as MEDLINE and CINAHL, and using thesaurus terms to produce a high-quality search strategy suitable for research or study.

Friday 12th April 14:00-16:00 Room 1

Tuesday 21st May 10:30-12:30 Room 4

Introduction to Critical Appraisal

Learning to critically appraise published research is an important skill for any medical professional.  We offer regular critical appraisal training sessions, and always critically appraise a new piece of recent literature (usually a trending RCT) in every session.

Wednesday 10th April 16:00-18:30 Room 5a

 Wednesday 8th May 9:30-12:00 Room 3a


Introduction to NICE Evidence Search

Looking for a shorter refresher session? Learn all about high-quality evidence such as guidelines and systematic reviews, and where to find them quickly with this one hour session focused just on the NICE Evidence Search.

 Tuesday 16th April 14:00-15:00 Room 2

 Thursday 30th May 9:00-10:00 Room 2

All these sessions are also available on a one-to-one basis, and certificates will be provided for portfolios.

To book email library@ldh.nhs.uk or new! Access our KnowledgeShare system using your Athens account to book on automatically at https://www.knowledgeshare.nhs.uk/index.php?PageID=lks_public&LKSID=108 (Athens Password Required)

Now Available – Full-text journal downloads from Read by QXMD Gold


The Hospital now has a Read by QxMD Gold Subscription

Read by QxMD app allows you to find and access journal articles quickly and easily on your mobile device. The subscription edition provides “one tap” access to full text articles, a personalised journal front page, and a PubMed search on your iPad, Apple and Android Devices. This is available to all hospital staff at both Luton and Bedford Hospital, GP’s and CCG Staff in Bedfordshire.


If you would like to try the Read by QxMD app

Download the Read by QxMD app (available at https://qxmd.com/read-by-qxmd)

Open the app and click on the “Start reading” button (or click “log-in if you have an existing account)


Setting up Full-Text Downloads

After you have created or signed-in to your account, you will need to set-up institutional access:

Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of the screen

Select “Account details” and click on the “Institution” field.

On the next screen scroll through the alphabetic list and select “Luton & Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust” or “GP’s and CCG Staff in Bedfordshire”

Then select “Automatic Login using MyAthens

Enter your NHS OpenAthens username and password. It may take a moment for your information to save. An error message will pop up if you entered your information incorrectly. (NHS OpenAthens account  required, Sign up https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ ).

You should now be ready to use the Read by QxMD app to access full-text content.


Share articles with colleagues over email, Twitter and Facebook

You can share articles on social networking and email if installed on your phone. The library tweets trending papers from Read by QXMD on our Twitter account @thecometlibrary

You can also create personal journal collections (Access our popular Cardiology, Public Health and Critical Appraisal Collections athttps://www.readbyqxmd.com/user/comet_library.1 )

Not all papers are available immediately, but you can order them!  We cannot subscribe to all journals due to cost, but if you search for the paper in the hospital discovery service at http://www.bedfordshirehealthlibraries.nhs.uk/discovery/luton you will be able to order an interlibrary loan from the library team.

If you have any issues using this app, please visit the library or email library@ldh.nhs.uk and the team will be happy to help.


Win a Kit+ Powerbank with Knowledgeshare


KnowledgeShare is our new system for providing evidence updates and literature searches. By signing up you will receive regular updates of new guidelines, journal articles and other high-quality evidence. You can also book onto training and request literature searches.

It will also provide you with the full-text if available, automatically linked in your email. It is almost magical, just like Christmas. And as an added bonus the library will be giving away 4 Mobile Phone Powerbanks to anyone who has signed up in the last few months.

Sign Up Here

You will require your NHS OpenAthens password. eMail library@ldh.nhs.uk for assistance.

Renaming of the  Library Service at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital

The hospital library is now the Danielle Freedman Library The COMET Library has been renamed the Danielle Freedman Library. Dr Freedman is the Luton and Dunstable Hospital’s Chief Medical Advisor and Director of Pathology. She was recently awarded honorary membership of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry and … Continue reading Renaming of the  Library Service at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital