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: Monday 7 September 2020
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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] 

Borrowing entitlements

  • Borrow up to 15 books for up to three months for standard loans and 21 days for short-term loans.
  • Renew items up to three times, provided no one else has requested them.
  • Reserve an item and when it becomes available we will send it to your address.

Borrowing, renewals and reservations

You can request, renew or place a reservation through the library catalogue using your BMA login details. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] or call 020 7383 6625, ensuring you have your BMA membership number to hand.


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.

All books placed in the book return box are collected by library staff the next morning and are immediately discharged from your borrower record.


Requesting items from other libraries

Members can use our interlibrary service to request print books and articles that are not available in our library collections. We will try to obtain the items from other libraries in the UK on your behalf for a fee.