Library and Knowledge Services is committed to forging a range of partnerships to support the development of staff and students on placement at the Trust.

With the easing of restrictions, most of Walsall’s libraries have now returned to their normal opening hours:

Aldridge, Bloxwich, Brownhills, Streetly and Willenhall: Tuesday to Friday, 8:30am-6pm and Saturday 9am-5pm (Streetly Library is closed on Thursdays).

The Lichfield Street Hub: 8:30am-6pm Monday to Friday and 8:30am-5:00pm on Saturday.

Darlaston Library remains closed for the moment for refurbishment.

The Mobile Library is continuing to run a reduced timetable to allow people to have time to get on and use the library at each stop. Call 01922 654333 for details of mobile library stops near you.

Some immediate changes you will see at your library:

  • Your time in the library is no longer limited, so you can browse at your leisure.
  • There are more public PCs available at most libraries, and you may now extend your session again if the PC isn’t booked by another customer.
  • We are restoring study areas, with one person per study table.
  • You may also bring your own devices to access and use our Wi-Fi facilities.
  • All items you borrow are now issued for 4-week loan periods again.
  • You can now reserve books again – up to a total of 6 books per person.
  • Library charges apply again from 1 July 2021 – see this year’s Library Charges

We shall continue to maintain some COVID-secure arrangements and our staff will all be wearing face-coverings, unless behind a perspex screen. We are also asking visitors to our libraries also to wear face-coverings.

Although libraries are open again, you may still book a home delivery from your local library – just use our online booking form  or you can also call your local library directly.

You can still access BorrowBox, our free eBook and eAudiobook service – plus all our other 24/7 Online Library services  including eMagazines and eNewspapers. There’s instant access for new customers who join online.

Ancestry Library Edition is also still free to access from home for the time being. Just log into My Account.

West Midlands Public Health Speciality Registrars. Welcome to your library website. This service is provided by a consortium of 4 health libraries in Birmingham and Dudley, but from your perspective it will all appear seamless.

Public Health England – JournalsPHE KLS strive to provide you with access to the evidence-base for public health and related disciplines.  We subscribe to an extensive range of journal titles, altogether comprising around 1500 current subscriptions, mainly in electronic format to enable you to access them from any internet-connected computer at your point of need.

Public Health England’s Knowledge and Library Services online. We provide knowledge, library and evidence services to PHE.  Our aim is to help protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce inequalities, by providing and mobilising the best available evidence for public health.

The Quality Improvement (QI) Academy aims to support colleagues in building capacity, capability and confidence in using a QI approach to making improvements in their own areas of work.

There are a range of QI Training programmes, from a virtually delivered introduction, as face to face training there is the one day Fundamentals to get you started or a more comprehensive Five day Practitioner Programme, all delivered by accredited trainers from within the organisation.  The Programmes used are the nationally recognised Quality, Service Improvement and Redesign (QSIR) programmes.

The QI Academy is committed to supporting colleagues to identify areas that they want to work on to improve their service and the care and support provided for the people of Walsall, the Black Country and beyond.

Library and Knowledge Services has been supporting the QI Academy from its establishment in 2018 and provides a collection of evidence-based tools and resources to aid projects, programme and smaller change delivery.

NHS Library and Knowledge Hub – search books, journals and resources held in our collections

Evidence for improvement – request an evidence search or book information skills training

KnowledgeShare is our bespoke current awareness service. Whenever we find high impact documents in your area, we’ll let you know by emailing Evidence Updates.

The Faculty of Research and Clinical Education assist researchers to undertake high quality, ethically sound research within the Trust that is beneficial to patient care, treatment and rehabilitation.

The team is experienced in providing all the information required to conduct research within the hospital, from project design, application for approval and dissemination of results.

If you have a new project in mind you can email the Faculty of Research and Clinical Education team or telephone 01922 605718 or ext. 5718. You must get approval before commencing a research study and the team can help with this requirement.

You can request evidence support for your research project from the library team.