Princess Alexandra Hospital

Princess Alexandra Hospital

Contact Details

Library, Parndon Hall
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Hamstel Rd
CM20 1QX
Tel: 01279 827021
Fax: 01279 445101

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Opening hours:

Monday – Wednesday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Thursday 9.00am - 1.00pm
Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Library members can access the Library's books and journals and use the computers in the E-Learning Room outside staffed hours. You need to complete an application form and pay a deposit of £10. Contact the Library for details.


The Library is located in the Education Centre at Parndon Hall, a Victorian building at the bottom of the Princess Alexandra Hospital site in Harlow.

Who can join?

  • All staff employed by the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, local primary care organisations or North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust
  • Students on placement with any of the above organisations
  • Doctors on clinical attachments with any of the above organisations (reference-only access)
  • Other healthcare professionals, on application to the Library Manager (reference-only access for those based outside the East of England).


Ayo Ogundipe Assistant Librarian - Electronic Resources
Kathy Brain Senior Library Assistant
Sandra Butcher Library Assistant


During our opening hours, Library staff are available to help you find, obtain and organise information to help you do your job, improve services, continue your learning and development, and teach others.
Enquiry points are located in the main Library at the front of Parndon Hall, and in the Library offices in the IT Resource Room at the back; or you can phone or email us.


You can view our catalogue online at Contact the Library if you would like a book sent to you in the internal post. You can sign in with your user ID and PIN to place a hold, or ask the Library to do it for you. You'll be contacted as soon as the item is returned.

Take the item/s you wish to borrow, together with your library card, to the library desk for issue.
Return loans directly to the library, via internal mail or in the book return box outside the lower-ground floor restaurant on the main PAH site.
Up to 6 items can be borrowed at any one time.
Items can be renewed up to 3 times by phone, e-mail, on the web catalogue or in person, providing no other Library member is waiting for them.

Study facilities

Desks for private study are available in the main Library, the Journals Room and the 24-hour Study Room.

Computers are available in the Library IT Resource Room (during staffed hours) and the E-Learning Room. All computers have Microsoft Office, clinical applications and access to the Internet.

Internet access is available from our computers for work and study purposes. All our computers are on the PAH network and require a password to access the Internet. If you do not have a password from a local organisation (PAH, NEPFT or NHS West Essex), library staff can log you on with a temporary password – please ask in the library office.

Literature searching

Library staff can undertake a comprehensive professional search for information for you. Please contact the Library with your requirements.


Training in information skills is provided to groups or (more usually) as a one-to-one session. Contact the Library to arrange a session.

Document delivery

  • If you need a book or a journal article which is not in the Library, it can be requested for you from another library.
  • Complete a request form for each item you need. Please supply as much information as possible.
  • Requests are free.
  • Please only request items you really need: some can be expensive to obtain.
  • Please allow 10 days for your request to be fulfilled, although most items arrive well within that timeframe. If your need is urgent, please let Library staff know when you place your request.

Other facilities

  • The Library has a scanner and CD/DVD writers, attached to computers in the IT Resource Room and the E-Learning Room.
  • A photocopier is provided in Parndon Hall. All staff based on site are requested to do their own photocopying. The photocopier charges 5p per page.
  • A binding service is available in the library: bring your work to the library office where a member of staff will bind it in clear covers with an acrylic spine. £2 per document.
  • Documents can be laminated for 20p per page in the library office.
  • The library has a fax machine, available for use at a cost of 50p per page within the UK, or £1 per page overseas.