Borrow print books

Find out what you can borrow, how to renew or return items from the BMA library and use our inter-library loan services.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Thursday 1 July 2021
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Our postal loan service is suspended

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 we have stopped our postal loan service until further notice.


For more information please contact us via email on [email protected] 

Access our e-services

As the BMA library is closed due to COVID-19, our postal loan service remains suspended. 

You can still access many of our services online: 


Requesting items from other libraries

Due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to request books from other libraries on your behalf.

However, as a member you can still request copies of articles that are not available in our library collection.

Order an article


Returning items

You can return items by post or return them to BMA House.

Returning items by post

Each book has got a return address label on it. We recommend getting a 'proof of postage' certificate when sending books back to us, which you can get free at any post office.

If an item is lost in the mail you will be liable to pay for the replacement cost if you do not have a proof of postage certificate.

Qualified members of the BMA who have completed their foundation years training get a standard return address label and need to pay the return postage costs.

For student members, foundation doctors (FY1 and FY2), and those registered with the BMA's Refugee Doctor Initiative, we provide a reply-paid label to return the items back to us free of charge.

Returning items to BMA House

Use the book return box just inside the security lodge entrance at BMA House. The security lodge is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so books can be returned at any time.