Sir Thomas Browne Library

The Sir Thomas Browne Library is a multidisciplinary healthcare library.  We aim to provide a high quality and responsive library service to support NHS staff information needs and contribute to our high standards of patient care. We support clinical governance, professional development, teaching and learning, evidence-based practice, research and development and current awareness.We can help you find the information you need and decide how to apply it. Our knowledgeable staff can answer a quick query, undertake a full literature search or provide focussed training.

The library is open to all Trust employees as well as local NHS and social care staff and students.

If you would like to join the library, please visit us and complete a registration form. You will need to bring your Trust ID card or other proof of identity.

How can we help you?

Do you need a book, a journal article or multimedia resources?

We have over 9000 books plus a small collection of other media.

We can help you access thousands of healthcare journals in print and online with an Athens password.

You can browse our library catalogue.

We’re always buying new resources— please let us know if there’s something you think we should have.

Do you need something that you can’t find in the library?

We can get photocopies or loans of nearly any book, report or journal article you may need.

Are you short of time or based elsewhere?

We can often help you over the phone or by email.

If you need something urgently, let us know and we’ll do our best to help

Do you need a quiet place to study?

We have computers plus space to study or sit and read. It’s always peaceful in the library.

Library staff are available to help you:

Monday to Thursday 09:00—17:30  and Friday 09:00—17:00

What if you can’t get to the library then?

There is twenty four hour access to the Sir Thomas Browne Library using your NNUH Trust ID badge.

We ask that you use library books for reference only outside staffed hours.

Where can you find the library?

Level 1, East Block, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

How can you contact us?

Phone: 01603 286893    or internal ext 2893;         Email:

Who was Sir Thomas Browne?

Sir Thomas Browne was an eminent physician who lived and worked locally (b. 1605, d. 1682). The first library at the old Norfolk and Norwich hospital was established in 1973 and named in his honour.  The current library contains the merged collections of both the old Norfolk and Norwich and West Norwich hospitals.

Useful links – details about regional NHS libraries, links to online journals and Athens. – regional NHS library catalogue; log in to renew or reserve library books.