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NHS: Joining

A general guide to Library Services for NHS staff via King's College London

Who can join?

King's College London provides multidisciplinary library services to all NHS staff working for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust & King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust.

The service also extends to staff working for the NHS in South East London, within the London Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark (including South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust).

Staff employed by Viapath are no longer eligible for access to library services unless on a course of study at the university or holding affiliate status.

Becoming an affiliate

Any Trust staff involved in teaching, research or administration on behalf of the university may be entitled to register for an affiliate email account, which in turn will generate remote access to significant additional electronic resources.

Further details on applying for an account can be found on the Accounts for Affiliated Staff page

Renew / update

It is straight forward to renew your access to Library Services.  When contacted just call in with your Trust ID to reconfirm your identity and library staff will check the details we hold for you remain up to date.  

If you are moving to another Trust but still linked to us then we would ask you to confirm these changes in the same way.

How do I join?

St Thomas Hospital

It has never been easier to join Library Services.  
To access any King's College London Library NHS staff need to
  • Visit the nearest Library with your NHS ID card to start the registration process
  • Allowing two hours for the system to create your account you should then visit security to obtain a King's ID card, as detailed below
  • You can then return to the Library, at your convenience, to complete your registration and be ready to use all of our services (including receiving a King's Computer Login - 'h' number) 

Obtaining a King's ID card

The same King's ID card opens the gates at all our Libraries and is your Library card for borrowing materials. Cards can be obtained from:

  • Weston Education Centre security desk - Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
  • St Thomas' Hospital security desk at Gate 3 (located between the Prideaux Building and the old Medical School building) - Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
  • New Hunt's House security desk in New Hunt's House (the building opposite the main entrance to Guy's Hospital) - Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
  • Franklin-Wilkins Building - Waterloo Campus; Ground floor - Security Helpdesk, ext 3800 - Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm

If you are unable to attend at these times please contact Site Services on the Guys campus on 020 7848 6828.

Contact Us

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Feel free to chat to us in person, by phone or by using our 24/7 live online chat - details are on our Contact Us page

For general enquiries about Library Services, you can also email

For IT-related enquiries, contact details are available on the IT Help and Support page, or you can email