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Are you eligible to join? 

All employees of CAVUHB, as well as all GPs and practice staff based in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan are entitled to join the library.  The library service is provided by Cardiff University, so when you register you will also be able to use all the Cardiff University Library sites. 

How to join 

We provide three ways to register. 

In-person registration: 

You can join at the Health Library, Cochrane Building, UHW and at the Archie Cochrane Library, UHL. You will need your CAVUHB identity card to register.

Email registration: 

Please email to request a registration form. 

Online registration: 

Complete the online form via the NHS Wales Library Service website to sign up online

Membership entitlements 

Join for access to: 
  • study spaces with CAVUHB networked PCs at Llandough and UHW -  Archie Cochrane Library, Brian Cooke Library , Health Library and Health Library NHS Staff & Postgraduate Study Zone in UHW (request access from: ). 

  • request service - request books and articles not available locally; 

  • photocopying, printing and scanning facilities. 

  • LibrarySearch - find items in all Cardiff University libraries; 

  • borrow up to 35 items from any Cardiff University library. 

For help with databases, literature searching, systematic literature reviews and copyright please contact . Ask us for help with the NHS Wales e-Library for Health and how to access full text. Information skills training both individually and in groups can be arranged. 

Out-of-hours access 

The Health Library and the Archie Cochrane Library both provide 24-hour access, for which you will need your library photo ID card. This acts as a swipe card into the buildings.  For details of entry doors and timings, or to ask for your card to be activated, please contact

Introductory guide 

Our introductory guide explains how to join the library and summarises the services available to you. You can access the guide here

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