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External member services

If you are a non-NHS employee or an NHS employee outside of the ‘BASE’ region you can apply for ‘external’ membership of BASE libraries at an annual cost of £50.

How do I join BASE libraries?

Register at your nearest BASE library or at the ‘Membership’ page on the top menu. Details of all the libraries in the BASE Consortium can be found under ‘Locations’ on the top menu. You will be given a BASE library card that entitles members to access the collections of all the libraries in the BASE consortium.

Advice on Information Skills E-learning 

We can advise you on e-learning modules available on HEE e-learning for Healthcare.

Computing Facilities

Computing facilities are provided at many libraries in the BASE consortium, although not all permit access for those outside of the particular Trust. Please ask staff for information.

Literature Searches

Literature searches can be provided with references, allowing you to decide on the articles or documents you may wish to then source the full text version of. Information consultancy is also available. The literature search and information consultancy service can be provided for £100 for up to 2 hours, £200 for 2 to 4 hours and £250 for more than 4 hours.

Article and Document Supply Service

Articles can be supplied for research and private study purposes, excluding any commercial purpose. Rules governing the supply of articles differ depending where the article is sourced from and whether you are an NHS employee or a non-NHS employee. You may be required to sign a copyright declaration. Articles can be provided for £15 each within 3 days or £30 each within 2 hours.

Information Literacy Training

Information literacy training can be provided for between £40 and £125 depending on your needs.

Please note: These services may be subject to local variations which could affect the range of services offered by a particular BASE Library at certain times.

Please contact your local BASE library for further information or email

Get text messages from your library!

Would you like a text message when your books are due or you have a book to collect from us?

Base Libraries are now offering free text alerts for members.

To start using the service, please enter your mobile telephone number, work email address and another identifier such as your name or library card number in the boxes. By entering your details you are consenting to your personal information being processed and held according to the Privacy Notice

You can also log into your account and go to 'your messaging' to enter your SMS number and messaging options, or contact your local Base Library to opt in. You can remove your number at any time from your account to stop receiving texts.