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Discovery Library celebrates its ten-year Terence Lewis Building anniversary

Image of Library Staff The Discovery Library at Derriford Hospital has been celebrating 10 years of service since its move to the Terence Lewis Building.

Library staff marked the occasion with stands and presentations describing its evolution from the first small collection, into the high-tech facility that, last year, held over 10,000 printed books and 1800 e-books.

A library has been in existence here at Derriford Hospital since 1981 with the first collection, made up of books from Devonport Hospital and NHS Plastic Surgery Unit for Royal Naval Hospital, housed where the Eden Unit is now.

“We’ve had a positive response to our timeline of hospital library services in Plymouth and our collection of histories of the city’s hospitals”, said Rachael Hoare, Library Assistant.

“Visitors who have worked in the Trust long enough to remember our previous accommodation, have been looking at old photos and commenting about the big improvements in space and design following the move to the Discovery Library. A couple of very kind people have commented that the library staff have not changed much in the past decade - if that’s because they think the remaining library staff from the opening day photo have not aged in 10 years, we are very happy!”

The library has seen some changes since moving to its current home and Tom Arnold, one of the Librarians, joined just before relocating to the Terence Lewis Building.

“The old site did not have enough space for us. We needed more workstations for PCs and group work. The key difference is that we now have a dedicated space large enough for staff to come up here to study in a lovely quiet building. I love working here - searching and helping staff find what they need for their work. We have also just had the self-service machine installed which helps us to allow staff to borrow books at any time to suit their busy schedules.”

The Discovery Library is open for all staff, from a range of roles across the Trust, with Librarians on hand to help out with any questions or help with work. “We are here for the needs of staff. And our 10 year anniversary is more of a thank you and celebration for everyone that makes use of us and how happy we are to play our part here,” added Tom.

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