Using the Horton Hospital Library



Oxford University staff and students have full access to the four Bodleian Health Care Libraries and their resources, and can borrow items.


  • The Bodleian Health Care Libraries provide services to all staff in all four OUH NHS Foundation Trust hospitals and elsewhere.  
  • Staff can apply to join the libraries by following this application process.
  • There is a dedicated website for NHS users of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries.


  • Non-HCL Bodleian Reader card holders can use the library within staffed hours during University of Oxford vacations (dates of term), but may not borrow items. Find out more about how to apply for a Bodleian Reader card.  
  • Other readers can use the libraries according to the service level agreement between the library and the employing organization.


  • Staff and students in the Oxford Brookes University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences can become non-borrowing members of the Bodleian Health Care Libraries.  
  • If you are employed by an eligible organization and are a Brookes student on a part-time course you may be entitled to full membership. Please contact us for more details.
  • Library staff can take registrations during staffed hours.  
  • Our large collection of books and journals is searchable via SOLO, and you can access OBU web resources and a selection of our e-journals and databases from library PCs (licenses permitting). 

General information

  • The Bodleian Libraries Regulations and Rules of Conduct apply in the Bodleian Health Care Libraries.
  • You are welcome to bring your own devices to use in our libraries. Power sockets are provided.
  • Wi-Fi is available throughout the library sites, as well as NHS PCs.
  • The Horton Library is at the Horton General Hospital (directions), on the first floor of the Postgraduate Education Centre.  
  • There is no lift. Readers with disabilities are encouraged to telephone ahead and staff will assist them individually.