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We provide resources and library services to all NHS staff employed by East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Trust, undergraduate and medical students on placement and also staff employed by Suffolk Community Healthcare and Anglian Community Enterprise. We have a strong commitment to providing a high quality service for all of our users.

We are based at both Colchester Hospital and Ipswich Hospital. 

View our library welcome video here.

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Phone: 01206 742146 Phone: 01473 702544 (Ext 1544) 

Twitter:  @ESNEFTLib

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Library Services during Coronavirus Outbreak

Please be aware that both Colchester and Ipswich Hospital libraries are currently staffed and offering a service, however this may change at short notice – either because we are advised to work from home or library staff are deployed to assist in other areas.
Therefore please use email as first point of contact:


Be aware some services (such as literature searches, journal requests) may take longer than usual.
Take the standard recommended precautions when visiting the libraries (wash hands, use wipes and hand sanitizer as provided, keep your distance from staff and other library visitors).
Remember we have a range of online services available 24/7 – all our electronic resources can be accessed via the libraries intranet page and this page
Resources include: UpToDate, ClinicalKey, Royal Marsden Manual, E-journals, Oxford Handbooks Online, BMJ Best Practice, Healthcare database (Medline, Cinahl, etc)
Make sure you have an NHS OpenAthens account (register at
If you wish to use UptoDate off-site, please first access via an ESNEFT computer and register for a username and password.
Remember, your books can be renewed online via  – login with your username and PIN (find these in your library welcome email or email us). We are not charging fines for late books.
Follow us on Twitter: @ESNEFTLib – any changes to service delivery will be tweeted
Unfortunately, all group training and 1-2-1 sessions delivered by the library are cancelled. We will reschedule dates as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. Please do get in touch if you have any questions.
Kind regards
Library Team