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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

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

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Changes to your library services

Libraries are open operating on a booked visit basis.  

The online resources and support detailed in this guide remain the first port of call for meeting your evidence needs.

You have extensive ejournal access via OpenAthens and can request journal articles from the university online collections (if they are not in the NHS OpenAthens collection) via an online form rather than needing to use a King's on campus computer.

Details of how to make bookings for essential study access are available via the Libcal Booking System. You must be registered with the Library to visit and we have created an online joining process to support this for those new to the Library.

Book access is via Reserve & Collect - you need to have completed your library registration to be able to reserve books.  Reserve online, when we email you to say your book is ready for collection you should book one of our short collection slots. You can book a collection slot on the day.  

Staff at King's College Hospital can register on KnowledgeShare (using OpenAthens) to request evidence updates or for us to carry out a search in support of patient care.

Please visit our Coronavirus update page for the latest updates on library services.

ebook options via Kortext

Additional ebooks to support your any time access are available via Kortext.  Our largest collection remains  on Ebook Central Platform (OpenAthens required) and there are key titles via Oxford University Press (OpenAthens or login free from GSTT PCs).

The Kortext platform will have a growing number of titles purchased in collaboration with other NHS libraries.  A new platform is now ready at you will need your OpenAthens. Click the Collection tab to see the books.  

A collection of books in support of diversity and inclusion are included with titles such as Brit (ish), How to be an anti racist, Invisible women and more.

See more details of all the options on our ebook page.

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.

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 by using our 24/7 live online chat:

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

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