Membership of the library is open to all employees of:
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
Kent Community Health NHS Trust
Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust
North East London NHS Foundation Trust (must be working within Kent)
Students on placement at these trusts are also eligible to join for the duration of their placement.
Others may be entitled to discretionary membership - ask a member of staff for more information.
To become a member of the Library simply complete a membership form either online or printable.
Printable application form available HERE.
With library membership you can borrow books, journals & DVDs. For borrowing allowances just ask the library. Items can be renewed or reserved by person, by phone or via firstname.lastname@example.org
Items can also be renewed via the Internet on the library catalogue at www.southeastlibrarysearch.nhs.uk. To make use of this service you will need to contact the library and ask for your PIN number.
(Items can only be renewed by phone or via email if you have had them for less than 3 months or if they have not been requested by another borrower.)
Borrowing limits and restrictions
Below gives details of the maximum number of loans permitted at any one time (loans from DVH and external stock combined):
Full member of library (generally includes permanent NHS staff, those on contracts of more than three months) - 10 loans
Restricted member of library (generally includes bank and locum staff, those on contracts of less than three months and students on placement) - 6 loans
Please also note the following:
The final decision on whether requests for loans form external libraries are accepted rests entirely with the staff of the library at Darent Valley Hospital. At the library staff’s discretion, such a request may be turned down, for example, because it is being submitted too close to the requestor’s leaving date, or there have been previous problems with the return of loans by the requestor.
The external library supplying an item for loan may set its own restrictions that the DVH Library is obliged to apply.
Library access out of hours
It may be possible for library members to gain access out of hours – for further information please ask in the library. Please note however, that books can only be borrowed during opening hours.
The library has an external out of hours returns box located on the main street by the library entrance that can be used to return your library books out of hours.