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About the Clinical Library

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The Clinical Library, located at Palmerston North Hospital offer a range of services.


Opening hours

Monday, Thursday & Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm
Tuesday and Wednesday 8.30am – 8.00pm
Weekends closed

Contact details

The library is located on the 1st floor of the Palmerston North Hospital.
Phone: 06 350 8816
Postal address:
Centennial Clinical Library
MidCentral District Health Board
Private Bag 11036
Palmerston North 4442

Library Resources & Services

Library resources include the books, journals, databases, videoconferencing facilities and the Lecture Theatre.


The Centennial Clinical Library has a good collection of library materials in a broad range of medical, nursing and health related topics. An online catalogue is available for books and journals.

Register to be a library user

All library users must complete and sign a registration form which is available from library reception.


All books and journals must be signed out at the reception desk. Most books and journals are available for loan to registered library users. The loan period is four weeks with right of recall if required urgently.

Lecture Theatre

Bookings for the lecture theatre can be made through library reception x 8816. The room is equipped with a computer and projector.

Video Conferencing

Video conferencing services are available via Vivid Solutions (Telepaeds) - please contact library staff to discuss.

Library Meeting Room

A small meeting room is equipped with a video conferencing unit, screen and laptop.  Please advise needs when booking the room. Video conferences take priority.  For all other uses, the room can only be booked on the day or the day before required.

Quiet Study Room

A quiet study room is available for your use. Study material may be left in this room (please do not leave valuables).
Casual study areas are available throughout the library. Please remove all your material at the end of each day.

Literature Searches

Need some information?  Contact the Librarian to discuss or download a form from the Request Forms page. A selection of abstracts relevant to your topic will be sent to you.

Contents page service

Contents pages from the journal of your choice will be forwarded to you on a regular basis. Contents pages can be forwarded electronically (if available) or in print format.

Current awareness service

"What's new in the journals"
A quarterly bulletin via email of abstracts from randomly selected articles from the latest journals.

Interlibrary loans

Full interlibrary loan services are available.
This library is a member of the HealthLib Network which offers free interloan services from most libraries in the health field in New Zealand. There may be a charge if obtaining interloans from outside this network – usual charge is $14 but urgent requests may be $20 - $30.
Most journal articles are obtained within five days.
National Library of Medicine Document Supply Service is used to obtain articles not available in New Zealand.
Cost: $14 - $20 per article.
All interlibrary loan items should be returned or renewed by the due date, no renewal requests will be processed after this. Overdue items will be charged at 10c per day. Interloan books must be collected from the library. 

Library Committee

All suggestions for book or journal purchases should be forwarded to the Librarian for consideration by the Library Committee. The committee meets quarterly.


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