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


Welcome to the Libraries & Collections support pages for NHS staff.

Libraries & Collections can help you with:

  • finding materials (books, journals and more) relevant to your CPD, research and patient care
  • using our online resources
  • learning skills in handling evidence
  • providing a place to work

If you need any help, feel free to contact us.

Key Library links

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ebook options expand 

After our new collection of books on health and wellbeing topics we are happy to make available a much wider range of ebooks through the same platform.  The collection of over 150,000 titles ranges across a huge range of topics and offer something for all staff. An OpenAthens login is required for ebook access.

EMCARE and BMJ Best Practice added to your resources

With effect from 1 April 2019 there have been some changes to your NHS evidence resources.  A new literature database is available via - EMCARE offers comprehensive coverage for nursing and allied health topics.  A new version of CINAHL has been bought meaning we have a choice of powerful resources for these areas.  The Health Business Elite database has not been renewed.  

BMJ Best Practice is a point of care knowledge tool with step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. It is updated daily using robust evidence based methodology and expert opinion.  An App version is available - you need to create an account on the site to gain access to the App.

New journals available from Karger

A new collection of journals published by Karger are available as a year long trial.  The titles are listed on the Karger website.  Links will appear at the article level when searching Medline and other databases and you can browse them by logging in to MyJournals with your OpenAthens login.

Finding Evidence elearning at your convenience

Are you trying to develop a search strategy? Struggling to access the full text of a journal article? Looking for reviews, guidelines or summaries of evidence? Searching for information but getting lots of irrelevant results or nothing at all?

This course will help you find the evidence you need to support your work, education and/or research. It will assist in carrying out a literature search to inform patient care or service development, update guidelines or policies, support assignments or professional development and inform research.

This course is available via the King's Health Partners Learning Hub (now freely accessible using your Trust or King's login). It includes the modules from the NHS e-LfH Literature Searching Programme.

The Learning Hub also hosts a growing collection of other resources from online modules to podcasts.

Wifi from The Cloud

King's College London offers a free guest wifi service provided by The Cloud.  You will be prompted to register when you try and connect. More details on the IT wifi page. The AccessKings wifi service has been withdrawn. Affiliates are able to log on to Eduroam


New resources

Free BNF and BNFC apps 

Both the BNF and BNF for Children apps are available to download for free by anyone working for the NHS.  Students on an NHS funded course or on placement in the NHS are also eligible.  The apps are available for Android and iPhone devices.  NHS OpenAthens is no longer required. 

The BNF and BNFc can also be accessed online from NHS Evidence Search without login.

The NICE Guidance app remains available.

Access to e-Learning for Healthcare

All OpenAthens account holders now have access to a large set of elearning resources from Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH).

HEE e-LfH’s programmes cover subjects from audiology to anaesthesia, dentistry to dermatology, electronic fetal monitoring to end of life care, primary care to prescribing, safeguarding children to statutory and mandatory training. All content is nationally quality-assured and available 24/7. 

For more information about accessing e-LfH resources via OpenAthens visit:

Ebooks from Oxford

You can access the full collection of Oxford University Press ebooks in health via Oxford Medicine Online.  So every Oxford HandbookOxford TextbookEmergencies inOxford Desk References whenever you need it. And online offers additional possibilities so the Oxford Textbook of Medicine was updated in February and includes extra chapters, videos and so on. You can download high quality images for your power point slides.  Login free access is available via IP on GSTT and King's College London Library PCs, via the Kwiki ebooks page at KCH or via OpenAthens from anywhere.

To login via OpenAthens - go to select "Sign in" and then "Login with Athens/Access Management Federation".  At this point you need to identify yourself as being part of "NHS England" by either typing into the list or selecting the option when offered if you have accessed the site before.  You will then be prompted for your OpenAthens login.

Contact Us

Feel free to chat to us in person, by phone or 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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