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Medical libraries in London

The BMA library is a private library for BMA members, its staff and other institutional users. Members of the public who wish to use the library must buy a daily readers’ ticket.

There are other biomedical libraries in London, some of which offer free access to members of the public.

British Library Science Technology and Business Service

The British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

Tel: 020 7412 7676  Fax: 020 7412 7794 
email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday 10am - 8pm; Tuesday - Thursday 9.30am - 8pm; Friday - Saturday, 9.30am - 5pm (different opening hours to other BL services)
Access: free (pass will be needed)

The Science 2 south reading room holds the life sciences and technologies, medical and chemistry collections. Healthcare information enquiries can be made to:
Tel: 020 7412 7288  Fax: 020 7412 7295  
email: [email protected]

The British Library is the national library for Britain which allows free reference use by members of the public without appointment. You will need to demonstrate however that the resources you need are not easily available elsewhere. It is an excellent national collection.

Readers will need passes. Applicants will need to complete a form and provide proof of identity such as a passport or bankers card, and evidence of their need to use the collections.

Wellcome Library

Library183 Euston Road

Tel: 020 7611 8722 Fax: 020 7611 8369  
email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday - Wednesday and Fri 10am - 6pm; Thursday 10am - 8pm, Saturday 10am - 4pm
Access: free

A major resource for the study of medical history and the role of medicine in society, past and present. Reference use is free and without appointment, but to make full use of the resources users should register on their first visit

Westminster Public Library

Westminster Library and Archives 
Marylebone Library 
54 Beaumont Street
Tel: 020 7641 6200 
[email protected]

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 8pm (Wednesday 10am - 8pm); Saturday 9.30 am - 5pm; Sunday 1.30 am - 5pm
Access: free

Serves the general public, patients and carers in Westminster. Information on: orthodox medicine; complementary medicine; conditions and treatments; drugs and their side-effects; lifestyle and healoth; self-help groups; and directories of health-care professionals. It is a reference library only. Books on clinical medicine for the medical practitioner or student are no longer included in the collection. 

King’s Fund

11-13 Cavendish Square

Tel: 020 7307 2568 or 2569  Fax: 020 7307 2805 
email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm (Wednesday 11am - 5.30pm)
Access: Free (* copying, searches and printing are chargeable)

Specialises in health care management, community care, purchasing, health economics and the social aspects of health care.

Royal Society of Medicine

1 Wimpole Street

Tel: 020 7290 2940 Fax: 020 7290 2939 
email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 9am - 7pm; Friday 9am - 5.30pm; Saturday 10am - 4.30pm
Access: Readers’ ticket (£10 per day, £20 per week, £35 per month)

One of the largest postgraduate medical libraries in the UK with both research and historical collections. The collection includes 600,000 books and 4,500 e-journal titles. Services to non-members include photocopying and an enquiry service but charges are made.

Royal College of Nursing 

20 Cavendish Square

Tel: 020 7647 3610 Fax: 020 7647 3420 
email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am -7pm; Wednesday 10am - 7pm; Saturday 9am-5pm

Largest nursing library in Europe with research and historical collections. Collection includes 95.000 books and 430 current journal title. Databases include: the British Nursing Index, ASSIA plus (Applied Social Science), CINAHL (Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health) and Medline.

Royal College of Surgeons

35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields

Tel: 020 7869 6555  Fax: 020 7405 4438 
email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Access: non-members by prior arrangment (some pay fees)

Extensive library of surgical literature that ranges in scope from the late 15th century onwards. The Lumley Centre is a modern training centre with extensive web, AV and electronic resources.

University College, London Clinical Sciences Library

Cruciform Building
90 Gower Street

Tel: 020 7679 6079 Fax: 020 7679 6981 
email: [email protected]

Opening hours: Monday - Friday 9am - 9pm; Saturday - Sunday 11am - 9pm; (Different times during holidays)
Access: fees are charged Borrowers ticket

Good collection of important medical journals. The Library is situated in the basement of the Cruciform building. The main entrance is on Gower Street. Please note: IDs must be shown at the entrance to the building; visitors should obtain a security pass and then report to the Library issue desk. Allows occasional free reference use on completion of a form.

Applications for regular use should be made in writing well in advance to:
Matthew Reynolds
Head of Membership
Library Services
University College London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
Tel: 020 7679 7953 
email: [email protected]