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NHS: Books

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

Borrow from any Library

You can visit any of our Libraries to borrow books but you do not have to make a special trip.  lf the book you want is not on your nearest site you can request it online using the Library catalogue and it will be brought to the Library of your choice.

Simpler loans with auto renewals

You no longer need to renew most books on loan from the library.  

Our system will now let you know (via email) when a book you have on loan is being renewed automatically and the new due date.

You can still renew your books yourself if you want to reassure yourself an item won't fall due while you are away.

Please note this does not entirely remove the chance of fines.  You could still incur a fine if you do not return a book that has been reserved by another person.  You still have till your current due date to return reserved items.

Books in the Library

Student searching for a book

Libraries & Collections provides a range of printed books to support you. All our printed books can be located by searching the Library catalogue.

New Hunt's House Library (Guy's campus) the Weston Education Centre Library (Denmark Hill) and St Thomas' House Library (St Thomas' Campus) are the main locations holding wide collections of books to support NHS staff.  There are also sizable collections related to nursing, midwifery management at Franklin Wilkins Library (near Waterloo). At Denmark Hill there is also the IoPPN Library.  

For more information about the classmarks of the books in the Library see the classification guides for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences and for Nursing and Midwifery.

These guides will help you get started with searching the Library catalogue (to find out what books are available at which library and where they are on the shelves) and you can find out more information about the location and opening hours of King's Libraries on our webpages.

Recommend new books

If there is a book you think the library should have do contact me at alan.fricker@kcl.ac.uk. There is an annual budget to support the specific needs of NHS staff and I am keen to receive recommendations. Alternatively you can make your request online.

Every acquisition is added to the library's catalogue, and print items are made available for loan or reference in the appropriate library.