Library and Knowledge Services
Kent & Medway Public Health Observatory
Room B6, Sessions House (link to a Map to find us)
County Hall, County Road
Tel: 01622 694084 / 221845
Fax: 01622 694128
The entrance to Sessions House is on County Road. There is free parking for 1-2 hours (check signs) along Lower Boxley Road and Well Road. You will need to register at reception and we will come and get you. Day passes are available. The library has several PCs available for library members.
If you plan to be here all day, you can park in the station car park for £5 flat rate.
The Library and Knowledge Service provides services (by email, post and phone, and in person) to people working in public health and commissioning throughout Kent and Medway.
The Library holds around 3000 books/reports, mostly covering the subjects of Public Health, Health Management and general Management. We stock many Government and official publications.
We take about 30 current journals, and have access to a large number of e-journals. There is a reference collection of directories and dictionaries, local publications and research, newsletters and annual reports.
We are part of the Health Libraries Network, which means that items can be borrowed from other Libraries, usually fairly quickly. We are also a member of the BMA Library and the British Library so we do, in fact, have access to almost any item required on any subject.
Through the NHS Core Content, and the Health Libraries Network, we have access to over 1000 full-text electronic journals, which can be accessed from any PC at any time.
The Library can also offer access to databases such as Medline, Embase, British Nursing Index, HMIC, PsychInfo, Cinahl and Amed.
To access both electronic journals and databases, you will need an "Athens" password. This is available to people working in the NHS or with the NHS. The Library now has its own Athens access for which you can register by filling in and emailing the Library registration form below to firstname.lastname@example.org . This will give access to some specialist public health journals and other local resources.
For a recent report on the service, see the Annual Report.