Library membership and OpenAthens registration online form

I wish to apply for membership of the Library and agree to abide by the Library's Conditions of Use and Membership (copy available from the Library).  I agree to notify you of any changes to my details.


I wish to apply to electronic information resources via the OpenAthens Access Management System.  I agree to abide by the OpenAthens User Account Terms and Conditions (copy available from the Library)



Would you like targeted updates on your professional interests?

List your interests below to sign up to receive KnowledgeShare Evidence Updates by email.

You will initially receive a wide range of publication types. Once you start receiving updates let us know if you would like to focus on a particluar type of publication or evidence level.

You may change these settings at any time at (using your NHS OpenAthens account).

*Membership to KnowledgeShare is restricted to staff and students eligible for an NHS OpenAthens account.


Membership of the library is open to all employees of:

  • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust

  • Kent Community Health NHS Trust

  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

  • South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust

  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust (must be working within Kent)

Students on placement at these trusts are also eligible to join for the duration of their placement.

Others may be entitled to discretionary membership - ask a member of staff for more information.

To become a member of the Library simply complete a membership form either online or printable.

Printable application form available HERE.


With library membership you can borrow books, journals & DVDs. For borrowing allowances just ask the library.  Items can be renewed or reserved by person, by phone or via 

Items can also be renewed via the Internet on the library catalogue at  To make use of this service you will need to contact the library and ask for your PIN number.

(Items can only be renewed by phone or via email if you have had them for less than 3 months or if they have not been requested by another borrower.)

Borrowing limits and restrictions

Below gives details of the maximum number of loans permitted at any one time (loans from DVH and external stock combined):

  • All library members - 10 loans. Loan period is 4 weeks.

Please also note the following:

  • The final decision on whether requests for loans form external libraries are accepted rests entirely with the staff of the library at Darent Valley Hospital. At the library staff’s discretion, such a request may be turned down, for example, because it is being submitted too close to the requestor’s leaving date, or there have been previous problems with the return of loans by the requestor.

  • The external library supplying an item for loan may set its own restrictions that the DVH Library is obliged to apply.


Library access out of hours

It may be possible for library members to gain access out of hours – for further information please ask in the library.  Please note however, that books can only be borrowed during opening hours.

The library has an external out of hours returns box located on the main street by the library entrance that can be used to return your library books out of hours.