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Musgrove Park Hospital

Parkfield Dr, Taunton, TA1 5DA, United Kingdom

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Foundation House, Wellsprings Road, Taunton, TA2 7PQ, United Kingdom

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Upcoming Event: The Book About Getting Older: A Conversation with Dr Lucy Pollock

For Health Information Week 2021, the library service is offering a free event to everyone because “we are all apprentice old people”! The discussion will take place via MS Teams with Dr Lucy Pollock who will be talking about the themes from The Book About Getting Older (for People Who Don’t Want to Talk About It).  Lucy’s book is overflowing with kind, compassionate and useful advice about how to start difficult conversations which benefit us all as we get older ourselves or see those we love beginning to age. We have a copy available in the library; it is a celebration of longevity, tackling sensitive issues thoughtfully, practically and with a surprising amount of humour.

The Book About Getting Older (for people who don’t want to talk about it): A conversation with Dr Lucy Pollock

July 5th 2021

7:30 pm to 8:30pm

Via MS Teams

Please join the conversation by booking your free ticket through Eventbrite:

Bookends Book Club

The Book Club is open to all members of the Trust, please contact the library if you would like to join, we are a very welcoming group. Our book choice for June is A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride which we will discuss on Wednesday 30th June. The virtual Book Club chat will take place from 7:30 – 8:30pm, please contact the library for an invitation to the Teams meeting:



Welcome to the Library & Knowledge Services

We encourage staff and students working across Somerset  to use our webpage to make requests and communicate information needs.

The library at Musgrove is staffed five days a week from 8:30am to 4:30pm with 24/7 access via keypad for registered library members.

Patients and the general public can learn more on our patient information page.

Somerset NHS Foundation Trust Library & Knowledge Services Service Update

The Library & Knowledge Service is currently based at Barton House South on the Musgrove Hospital site – see this library tour video for more information.

Staffed opening hours are Monday to Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM.

24/7 access is available to registered library members. Door access codes are required  during  unstaffed hours.

The Library space at Cheddon Lodge is not currently available due to planned maintenance, and staff shortages.

We are currently running with limited staffing onsite, this may impact on some of our services in the following ways:

  • There may be delays in responding to your emails or queries.
  • The library space may be unstaffed at short notice (service updates will be provided via the library website and our Twitter account).
  • Requests for books and articles from other libraries may be delayed as many other NHS libraries in the region also have staff shortages or are currently closed.
  • We may need to negotiate deadlines for literature search requests.
  • We cannot currently take requests for assisted searches to support academic work, please contact your academic institution’s library services for assistance.
  • You may be offered library inductions or training via MS Teams, or redirected to self-directed learning on OWL.

Thank you for your understanding.

For further service updates, please check the library website and our Twitter account.

Contact us:

Tel: 01823 342433