Our story so far

Why hospital libraries?

Two of our Trustees worked as volunteer medical doctors at Makeni Government Hospital between 2012 and 2013. With support from Makeni Hospital Management Team, they helped to open a small clinical library. This was opened in response to the lack of access to reference materials available to hospital staff.

Health workers need access to up-to-date information to be able to provide consistent high quality healthcare to their patients. However, in many hospitals, access to health information is poor. Hospital libraries provide free access to life saving educational resources for staff and students. 

Our libraries combine: 1) partnership with the hospital management team, 2) high quality educational resources, 3) a robust borrowing system, 4) a committed librarian, and 5) systems for monitoring and evaluation. 

We currently employ three members of staff in Sierra Leone (Library Coordinator Mr Komba A Momoh, and Librarians Fatmata M Kamara (Makeni) and Alex B Marah (Bo)), and have five passionate Trustees (unpaid) in the UK (Alex Blacklock, Claire Blacklock, Tracey Lumsden, Edward Carberry, Stevie Russell).

The AHL library model works!

Our evaluation data have shown that the libraries are well-used, highly valued by staff, and that the books and other resources are returned in good condition. Find our borrowing reports on the Downloads page.

Help us to grow and develop our current libraries into Resource Centres, and help us to plant more hospital libraries! See our Get Involved page, and contact us!