Google Scholar can be used to search for scholarly information on the internet, including articles, books, conference papers, and theses. Some of the results will have a link to articles that are freely available, but we have now made it possible for you to see at a glance what articles are also available through the BMA library, ensuring you don’t miss any relevant articles for your research.

To be able to access the articles, you will need to first set up access to BMA Library on your Google Scholar account by following the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the Google Scholar website on your browser: Scholar
  2. Click on the navigation menu icon
  3. Click on ‘Settings‘:
  1. Click on ‘Library links‘:
  1. Search for any of the following terms: ‘BMA Library‘, ‘British Medical Association Library‘, ‘BMA
  2. In the search results, select ‘British Medical Association Library – Access-Now@BMA-Library‘ 
  1. Click on the ‘Save’ button

After the BMA Library is added once to your Google Scholar account, when you search on Google Scholar for an article that is available on our catalogue, you will find a link titled ‘Access-Now@BMA-Library‘ next to the search result:

Clicking on the ‘Access-Now@BMA-Library‘ link directs you to our catalogue to access the full text of the article:

If you have any queries or feedback about this, please get in touch with us by email at:

Due to the COVID-19 situation and the closure of BMA House, all books that are on loan to BMA members have been automatically renewed.  There will be no charges during this period.

If you wish to return any books, there are two options available:

  1. Send the books back to us via the Post Office. (Please make sure you obtain a proof of postage receipt). Please use the book return or freepost label that was included when the book was loaned, or if you do not have these labels anymore, please use the following address:

    BMA Library, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

2. If you would like to return loaned books personally to BMA House, you can do so by heading to the book drop box at the front of BMA House (Security) in Tavistock Square. Security is staffed Monday-Sunday 08:00-18:00.

Please be aware that BMA House remains closed to members and you can only return books to the book drop box at front of house security.

In line with our e-first strategy, we have been updating our e-books collection.  We have purchased 500+ new e-books to match popular titles in our print collection.

All our e-books can be found on our online catalogue

Our e-book collection ensures that our content is accessible to all BMA members regardless of your location.  You will not be restricted by the number of copies per book and there are no waiting times to access our most popular titles.

Our content is available on a variety of platforms including: VLebooks, EBSCOhost, ClinicalKey, and Wiley Online Library.

We provide access to thousands of e-books; here are some of the popular titles and collections you can find on our catalogue:

  • Get Ahead exam question series
  • Get Through Exam prep texts
  • Revision notes for the DRCOG
  • SBA’S & EMQS
  • OSCE Passcards

The challenges of the pandemic forced us all to work in new ways, and in BMA Library’s instance, this meant reviewing strategy and taking the opportunity to improve services for members.

Thanks to the new e-first strategy, members are now able to access more resources and support than ever before via the BMA library webpage. And because everything is now online, all members have the same access, no matter where they are based.

Make light work of finding what you need.
Search the collection using our new catalogue to access thousands of e-books and other collections

Access thousands of e-journals including JAMA, The Lancet, Nature and the New England Journal of Medicine

Enjoy free access to ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Student. Use this powerful clinical search engine for the latest evidence and point-of-care support

Search Medline and Embase, the world leading clinical medicine and biomedical bibliographic databases, with full text linking to our current subscriptions

Our expanded team of information specialists are available to help you with all your evidence and research needs. Choose from 3 different levels of tailored literature search support or book an online assisted search/1-2-1 training session with them

Can’t find or access a resource – tell us what you are looking for and we will try and help

We are pleased to announce that access to Clinical Key for BMA members is now permanent in 2021.

In addition to this, we are now also offering access to ClinicalKey Student

For further details on both of these fantastic online resources, including how to access them, please see the following dedicated new page on the BMA website:

We have now successfully set up access to a large number of e-journals on the Ovid MEDLINE database, offering BMA members free access to full text articles.

Medline is an extensive and world leading bibliographical database covering biomedicine. It is owned by the National Library of Medline in the United States and holds over 23 million references, from over 5,000 journals.

As a BMA member you can search Medline directly. Currently we have journal collections from the following publishers available on OVID MEDLINE:

  • Wiley
  • Springer
  • Nature
  • Elsevier
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Sage
  • Karger
  • The American Medical Association (AMA)
  • The Royal College of Surgeons
  • New England Journal of Medicine

All of the above collections are part of our E-Journals Collection, which are also accessible via our website –

If you have any queries or feedback about our E-Journals Collection or access to Ovid MEDLINE please get in touch with us by email at:

We have, in the last few weeks, added the following titles to our E-Books Collection:

Get through MRCPCH. Part 2 : Data Interpretation Questions (Second Edition)

Paediatric Radiology for MRCPCH and FRCR (Second Edition)

Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma

All of our e-books, both the ones above and the thousands of others that we have, are all accessible via our online catalogue –

If you have any queries about any of these e-books please get in touch with us at:

Out trial access to Clinical Key for BMA members is now continuing for the remainder of 2020.

Clinical Key provides access to the full text of the latest editions of hundreds of medical e-books published by Elsevier.

Clinical Key also provides full text access to a large number of e-journals and other key online medical resources produced by Elsevier.

Please use the following link for direct access to the trial:

All of the Elsevier e-books that we previously had access to on Dawsonera have now had their linking updated in our online catalogue to connect directly with the version available on Clinical Key.

If you have any queries about our trial access to Clinical Key please email: