Chilton Library

Access to Chilton Library during the COVID-19 outbreak

Chilton library staff will be working from home until further notice from 18/03/2020. The library is still accessible to all staff working onsite.

Chilton library books can still be loaned, renewed and returned during this period. If onsite this can be done using the self-issue kiosk (guidance on how to use the kiosk is available on the poster above and instructions next to it). Alternatively, if working remotely, you can renew your books online. Instructions on this can be found here.


  • Study space – desk and comfortable seating 
  • Photocopier / scanner 


  • Print book collection – with over 200 new books since summer 2019. The print book collection covers CRCE research topics, such as, chemical hazards, air pollution, toxicology and radiation protection; as well as books on broader public health subjects to support PHE staff. 
  • Historic NRPB and HPA reports. 
  • Print journals, including current copies of Air Quality Bulletin, ENDS Report, Radiation Research and the BMJ. 
  • Wellbeing book collection, containing a selection of self-help books, memoirs, fiction and poetry. 

New in titles 

Disarming Doomsday by B. Alexis-Martin 

Public Health Disasters: A Global Ethical Framework by M. O. Afolabi

The 2011 Fukishima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Accident by P. G. Martin

The War on Drugs and the Global Colour Line by K. Koram. 

A full list of monthly new in titles are listed in the Chilton Library newsletter.

Recommended by you

Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam HigginbothamRecommended by Clive 

After watching the highly successful HBO mini-series, I was left with several unanswered questions. Author Adam Higginbotham has provided the answers, and has carried out a review of the evidence with forensic accuracy. He had delved into archives, personal papers, professional journals, and carried out hundreds of hours of interviews to piece together the puzzle of the events that led up to the explosion that destroyed Reactor Number Four at Chernobyl.
This is an easy read and a real page-turner, written in a narrative accessible style, gradually leading the reader into the technical functioning of the reactor and the mystery of just who really was responsible, what really happened and was it design error or operator error or a mixture of both.
What I did appreciate was the insight into the unfolding of events before, during and after the explosion from multiple angles, not able to be covered in the series. Without any pro-Russian stance, Adam has given the Russian government as well as many individuals, the credit they deserved in desperately trying to deal with the aftermath of the explosion in a way that the series, in places, failed to acknowledge them.
This book will help the world to make more informed choices about the future of nuclear energy and an incident that shaped the future of the Soviet Union.


Upcoming training and events

POSTPONED The April drop-in session will be 01/04/2020 and be on Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

Opening hours 

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm 
Self service access is available

Our contact details


Tel: 01235 822649


Chilton Library
Public Health England
OX11 0RQ

Our location

Chilton library is located on the 1st floor of the main building, in room B1.38. If you are visiting the library, please sign in at the reception and they will notify us to collect you.

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