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About us

Books and e-resources

About us

Books and e-resources

About us

Books and e-resources

About us

Books and e-resources

Reay House Library stocks a large collection of print books and audiovisual materials which are available for loan.

The multidisciplinary collections focus on clinical care, service development, education and training. They are particularly strong in the following areas:

  • mental health
  • commissioning
  • research
  • healthcare management
  • public health

The library also provides access to a range of databases, e-books, e-journals and other online information resources.

As well as showing you what the Reay House Library holds, you can use the catalogue to place reservations, request items from other libraries in the South London Health Libraries consortium and renew the books you already have on loan.

Search the library catalogue


View a guide to using the catalogue and reserving and renewing books online.
Most books can be posted to you if you can’t get to the library in person, and you can return them in the same way. Please contact the library for more information.
The selection of material for the Reay House Library collections is guided by our Collection Development Policy. We welcome suggestions for new purchases. Please email us.
For help to get the most out of these resources, see our skills and training page.

NHS OpenAthens

NHS staff and students have access to a wide range of online information resources, including databases, ebooks and ejournals. You will need to apply for a NHS OpenAthens account. You can also check your eligibility before applying.

Healthcare research databases

Through NICE Evidence, you can use healthcare databases to search for evidence to support clinical care, healthcare management, research and professional development. By following this link you can access

  • AMED
  • BNI
  • HMIC
  • Medline
  • PsycINFO

You can also search the Cochrane Library and TRIP database.

Social Policy and Practice database

Social Policy and Practice is a comprehensive UK social issues and social policy database of great relevance to mental health care. Abstracts summarise working papers; charity sector, local and national government reports, and peer-reviewed articles. You will need a NHS OpenAthens account to access the database.


Over 1,500 e-journals are available to you through NICE Evidence. Browse by journal title or use the click-throughs from your database search to go straight to any available full text material.


Over 200 e-books are available giving you 24/7 access to core healthcare texts. You can browse the library catalogue or search for a specific title.

Other online information resources

British National Formulary

BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Best Practice is an online point of care tool that gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions.

Updated daily, it draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

Register on the BMJBP site for the for the app.


Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures 
Clinical nurse experts from one of the UK’s leading centres of expertise have brought together all the latest clinical evidence nurses need to meet confidently the requirements of their demanding profession.

The manual is available online and includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of physical health care, from hand washing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Please contact the library for login details.

Stahl Online
Stahl Online is comprehensive and regularly updated, providing full access to the entire current Cambridge portfolio of neuropsychopharmacology books by Dr Stahl. It is a one-stop shop, covering everything a doctor, teacher or trainee will ever need to know about neuropsychopharmacology.

You will need an NHS OpenAthens account.
There are a range of resources that are available to download or access via your mobile device.

NHS Apps library on healthy living provides digital tools to help you and your patients manage and improve your health.

BMJ Best Practice app – register at the BMJ Best Practice website and download the app, giving uninterrupted off-line access to this resource

The combined British National Formulary (BNF) and BNFC for children app enables fast, intuitive searching and its easy-to-use design gives you access to practical, evidence-based medicines information whenever and wherever you need it. You can also download it from the App Store and Google Play.