Service Changes

Changes to the Library and Knowledge Services

We have made some changes to our services due to the COVID-19 pandemic introducing a range of measures to protect you, other library users and our staff.

We continue to provide support for literature searches, current awareness and general enquiries. We can also provide library inductions and training virtually over MS teams, please see below for our contact details to book a session.

We ask that you respect the new ways of working and if you have any queries, please contact

The Curve Library, Prestwich 

  • Opening hours Monday to Friday 08.30-16.30
  • Maximum of 2 visitors in the library at any one time. 
  • 2 computers are available by appointment and must be booked in advance of your visit. 
  • A book return box will be placed outside of the library space  

To arrange visits or training, and for any other library enquiries please contact us by using the details below: 

Phone: 0161 358 1772 


The Knowledge Service, Fallowfield

The Knowledge Service is operating a staffed Click and Collect service by appointment only from 09:30-16:30 Monday to Friday. Please find full details of the Click and Collect service below. To book an appointment to collect or return items, please email or call 0161 271 0505 (ext. 3).

We are currently unable to offer study space, PC use or browsing for books and resources. This will be reviewed on a regular basis.

Library and Knowledge Service Safety Charter

The Library and Knowledge Service COVID-19 Safety Charter gives information of how we are working to keep library users safe and our expectations of those visiting the library.

Click and Collect Service

You can reserve books, health promotion resources and leaflets to collect from both library sites from Monday 17 May. Arrangements are as follows:

At the Curve Library, contact the library in advance and arrange a collection time.  Appointments are available 08:30-16:30, Monday to Friday. 

At Fallowfield, appointments are available 09:00-16:30, Monday to Friday.

To make a reservation, please contact us at and include the details of the items you would like to borrow and a few preferred dates and times when you are able to collect them.

You can also make reservations over the phone by calling 0161 358 1772 (The Curve) or 0161 271 0505 ext. 3 (Fallowfield site).


To reserve books:

  • If you know which book you would like, please include the title and author when you email or call to reserve.
  • If you don’t have a specific book in mind, you can send us a topic and we can send you a list of relevant books for you to choose from.
  • You can also search for books using the online catalogue for NHS libraries in the North at to see what we have available. If the book is listed as being held by the GMMH library, you can contact us to reserve it. If another library holds it we can borrow it for you, but it may take up to a week to arrive and we cannot guarantee that all books on the catalogue will be available. 
  • Please note the NW Libraries catalogue is NOT an interactive site, and you will be unable to reserve or request books directly. You will need to contact the GMMH LKS service for ANY items you want to borrow.


To reserve health promotion resources:

  • If you know which resources you would like, please include the title or a description of the resource when you email or call to reserve.
  • If you don’t have a specific resource in mind, you can send us a topic and tell us the audience you will be using it with, and we can send you a list of relevant resources for you to choose from.


To reserve leaflets:

  • Please contact us at for a list of the leaflets we have available and a leaflet order form.


To collect:

  • We aim to turn around requests in 24 hours or less, but at busy periods this may take longer (e.g. if the book is being sent from another library).
  • When collecting items from the Fallowfield site, please press the buzzer for the intercom and a member of library staff will answer and bring your items out to you.
  • If you find you are no longer able to attend the appointment at the time arranged, please let us know and we can rearrange it for you. If you miss the appointment and don’t contact us, the items you reserved will be returned to the shelves after 2 days.

Booking a PC

The Curve Library, Prestwich

We are now able to offer PC access from 17 May

2 of the PCs in the library are available for staff and guest users. Appointments to use the computers must be made in advance by contacting the library on or 0161 358 1772. Appointments are available 08.30-16:30 Monday to Friday. 

The Knowledge Service, Fallowfield

Currently we are unable to offer PC access at our Fallowfield site. This will be reviewed on a regualr basis. 

Booking Virtual Training and Inductions

The Library and Knowledge Service offers virtual training sessions on literature searching, accessing our e-resources and using your Athens account over MS Teams.  We can also provide virtual library inductions to groups and individuals.  

Library staff are available to run virtual training and induction sessions Monday-Friday between 08:30-16:30.

To book a one-to-one or group session, please email and provide a few preferred dates and times for the training/induction to take place. Once your session has been booked you will receive confirmation and an MS Teams invitation which will contain a link to the session and joining instructions.

Please note, you need to register for a free OpenAthens account before attending the training. You can register for an OpenAthens account here: