Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Health Information and Resource Library (HIRL)


The Health Information and Resources Library (HIRL) provides a professional library information and resource service to Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust staff, and health promoters working in Manchester.

The HIRL is a key evidence and knowledge base for all Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust in both clinical and non clinical roles. Health promoters are also encouraged to use the HIRL and can access the wide range of services. The HIRL can support users in all of their training, development and research needs. The knowledgeable staff work to develop research potential across all users and the service remains key in strengthening the use of a reliable evidence base.

Please visit our team by clicking here.

*NEW* HIRL Newsletter


New monthly newsletter for the Health and Information Resource Library services detailing what we do.

Library Services


We support your evidence-based practice by providing access to information, and have the resources to support your health promotion work. We provide the following services, subject to your category of membership.

  • Books, reports, journals and multimedia resources to borrow
  • Health promotion models and teaching resources to borrow
  • Enquiry service
  • Literature searching service
  • Training on searching the Healthcare Databases
  • Current awareness: email bulletins of new information
  • Electronic resources, available through NHS Athens
  • Access to documents through our inter-library loan service
  • Leaflets and posters on a range of health promotion topics

Our Location


Fallowfield Library

Health and Wellbeing Service,
Manchester Mental Health & Social Care NHS Trust,
1st Floor, Fallowfield Library,
Platt Lane,
Manchester, M14 7FB

More Fallowfield Library details.

Opening Times


Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm
We recommend you contact us by clicking here to check we are open before making a special journey. The service is closed on statutory holidays, and any other closures will be advertised here.

Contact Our Team


Health Information & Resources Library

Daniel Livesey

Katie Nicholas

Rosalind McNally




We have access to a range of multi-disciplinary books, reports, journals, and health promotion resources including books, teaching packs, models, DVDs, CDs, CD ROMs and equipment available for loan.

Health promotion leaflets and posters are also available on a variety of health topics. Leaflet order forms are available on request and orders can be placed via e-mail. Contact the HIRL for more information.

The full Health Promotion collection is available online:

We are working on getting our book catalogue available online – but you can view our collection via the North West Libraries catalogue and under “Restrict to items held at” select “Manchester PCT”.

Downloadable Resources


Loan Period


Books, reports and teaching packs – 28 days

Equipment, models, games, audiovisual material (DVDs, CDs, CD ROMs) – 7 days

Up to 8 items may be borrowed at any one time, with maximum of 3 items from one topic area within the Health Promotion collection.

All loans are free of charge on the understanding the items are returned on time. We reserve the right to charge for items lost, damaged or not returned on time.

Library Focus


Come Cook with us is a new resource produced by the Community Food Co-ordinator (CFC) project, and is funded through a grant provided by the BIG Lottery.

The specially shot DVD and accompanying recipe book are primarily aimed at people with learning disabilities/difficulties and their carers, although the resource can be used by everyone with an interest in cooking easily prepared healthy nutritious meals from scratch.Click here to read more.