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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 a multidisciplinary library service 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).

Students on placement at GSTT and KCH are eligible to join for the duration of their placement.  When registering using the online form they should provide their university email, select the Trust where they are on placement and include their placement end as the contract end date.

Staff employed by Viapath are no longer eligible for access to King's College London's Libraries 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 straightforward to renew your access to the Library.  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

Please note that we have paused registering people for access to Library spaces.  You can still register for online resources via OpenAthens.
We have simplified and sped up our registration process to make it more convenient.  

To start the registration process for any King's College London Library NHS staff should complete our online registration form (link temporarily removed 18/3/2020).

After completing the first step you will be informed when to visit King's College London security to obtain a King's ID card (more detail below).  This will generally be two hours after we enter your details on our systems. 

Once you have a King's ID card you can return to the Library, at your convenience, to complete your registration and be ready to use all of our services.

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, 0207 848 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

Feel free to chat to us by using our 24/7 live online chat:

For general enquiries about Libraries & Collections, you can also email

If you would like to contact IT, their details are below:

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