Glangwili General Hospital Library


The Library is located in the main Hospital building and provides services to all Hywel Dda University Health Board staff in the Carmarthenshire area & students on placement.

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Glangwili General Hospital Library

About Us

Formerly known as West Wales General Hospital, Glangwili General Hospital was built on the site of a former military hospital and was the first District General Hospital to open in Wales under the NHS Act of 1948.
The Library was established in 1968.
Staffing consists of one professionally qualified & Chartered Librarian and one Library Assistant, both working full-time.
Glangwili Library is one of five site Libraries in Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Opening Hours

Out of hours Access / Arrangements :

The Library is open until 20:00hrs Monday to Friday. Outside of those hours your hospital ID card will give you access. The library is staffed between 09:00-16:00hrs.

Library Facilities / Access

Study and IT facilities:

  • There are 10 study spaces with PC’s

  • We have a separate Quiet Study Room with 4 spaces for own device working and/or silent study.

  • A further 4 study spaces are available within the Library

  • The Cloud Wi-Fi is available free.

Main Services:

  • Literature Searching 

  • Evidence based healthcare support

  • Article supply

  • Book loans and requests – self-service is available outwith staffed hours

  • Information literacy support including training in database use
    (Please call or email to pre-book a session with the Librarian)

  • Support for Revalidation and reflective practice.

  • Support for Research and Quality Improvement projects

  • Photocopying & printing, plus scanning & laminating (Charges may apply). The provisions of the NHS Wales Copyright license are displayed so you can make sure you stay within the law.


Joining the Library: 

  • To join the Library please complete a membership form and call into the Library during staffed hours. Alternatively complete the online membership form

  • To arrange to have a swipe card, giving access to our secure facilities - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, please contact us in person or by email library.glangwili.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Borrowing Books:

  • You may borrow a maximum of 10 books

  • Loans are for 4 weeks. You can renew on request, providing the item is not requested by another reader.

  • You will receive regular email reminders about your loans

  • Books not available on site can usually be requested in from another library for you

  • We have a small leisure library which you are welcome to browse & to borrow!

Literature Searches:

  • We conduct Literature Searches for research, clinical audit, service improvement, patient information and education. To request a Literature Search, please contact the Librarian or complete the online literature search request form

Current Awareness:

  • KnowledgeShare provides targeted evidence updates, sent straight to your inbox and facilitates matching colleagues with shared interests.
    Please ask Library staff if you are interested in receiving evidence updates in your area(s) of interest.


  • Access to majority of databases e.g. Medline, British Nursing Database, Embase, MIDIRS, etc.

Evidence Summaries:

Article & e-Journal Access:

​Please contact us if you have any queries about the Library Service and we will be happy to help.

Library Contact Details

Address : 

Llyfrgell Glangwili Library

Glangwili General Hospital


SA31 2AF

Telephone : 01267 227076

Email : Library.glangwili.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Website : www.nhswls.org/glangwili

Librarian Contact Details

Library Services Manager

Katrina Hall

Email : Library.glangwili.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

Library Services Senior Assistant

Abigail Thomas

Email : Library.glangwili.hdd@wales.nhs.uk

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