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The BMA Library is pleased to announce that it now provides access to Doody’s Core Titles E-Books Collection for BMA members.

The list of the titles in the collection can viewed, and accessed directly, by going to the following page on the BMA website:

All of the titles are also discoverable and accessible via our online catalogue: www.bma.org.uk/catalogue

All of the e-books in the Doody’s Core Titles collection are DRM-free, so you should find that they are fully accessible on any device that you use.

If you have any queries about Doody’s Core Titles E-Books Collection please contact us: e-books@bma.org.uk

New year, new project looming?

If 2018 will see you undertaking a research project, writing an article, tackling a dissertation or delving deep into the medical literature to write new guidelines, the library’s Dissertation and Research Service can give you a helping hand.

The service offers free literature searches carried out by the library’s Clinical Librarian who has over 20 years’ experience searching medical literature.

With access to Medline, Embase, PsycINFO, HMIC and Cochrane, all areas of clinical medicine, health and social care are covered.

To request a search simply email us at info.medline@bma.org.uk

We also offer free one-to-one sessions, held at BMA House, for those who wish to receive search skills training or who require an assisted search session where the Clinical Librarian can assist you directly with developing your own search strategy on a specific topic.

For further information on free one-to-one sessions please contact Helen Elwell, Clinical Librarian, by phone on 020 7383 6582 or email helwell@bma.org.uk

There will be no more weekend opening of the Library for Ask Dr Clarke courses.

We had previously advertised that we would be open on the weekend of Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th January 2018, but the Library WON’T now be opening on either of these days.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

If you wish to you may submit feedback to us.

Here are our opening times for the Christmas and New Year period 2017/2018:

christmas tree blogMonday 18 December – 9am to 5pm
Tuesday 19 December – 9am to 5pm
Wednesday 20 December – 9am to 5pm
Thursday 21 December – 9am to 5pm
Friday 22 December – 9am to 4pm
Saturday 23 December – Closed
Sunday 24 December (Christmas Eve) – Closed

Monday 25 December (Christmas Day) – Closed
Tuesday 26 December (Boxing Day) – Closed
Wednesday 27 December – Closed
Thursday 28 December* – 9am to 5pm
Friday 29 December* – 9am to 4pm
Saturday 30 December Closed
Sunday 31 December 2017 (New Year’s Eve) – Closed

Monday 1 January 2018 (New Year’s Day) – Closed
Tuesday 2 January – 9am to 6pm

If you have any queries about the above details please get in touch with us by phone (020 7383 6625) or by email (bma-library@bma.org.uk).

*The Reception Entrance of BMA House will be closed on Thursday, 28th and Friday, 29th December.
Access to the Library on these dates will be via the Main Lodge.

Our E-Books provider, Dawsonera, are today (31st October) introducing an important change to their platform.

Adobe Digital Editions iconThis change will result in BMA members now needing to use Adobe Digital Editions in order to access the PDFs of any of the titles that they download from our E-Books Collection.

Adobe Digital Editions is available as a free download from the Adobe website for laptop and desktop users:

It is also available as a free app in the App Store for Apple iOS devices, as well as the Google Play store for Android devices.

After installing the application on your device you will need to create an Adobe ID. Step-by-step instructions on how to do this will appear when you first launch the application.

Once you created your Adobe ID account, and logged into Adobe Digital Editions with it, you should then able to download and successfully open the PDFs of any of our E-Books.

If you have any questions about this new process for downloading the PDFs of our E-Books please contact us at: e-books@bma.org.uk

Due to essential maintenance work on the BMA website, the Sign in function will be disabled from 4pm (BST) on Friday, 29th September 2017 until 9am (BST) on Monday, 2nd October 2017.

During this period it will not be possible to sign into the BMA website, meaning that access the Library’s E-Resources (E-Journals, E-Books, Medline) will not be available.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused to you by this outage.