Interlibrary ServiceFrom next Monday 3rd July, providing you articles from alternative sources in tif format will be a thing of the past. It has been a long wait but we have finally managed to upgrade our systems to receive files in PDF format.
The way you request, receive and pay for articles will remain the same but most importantly, the price will remain the same!

Our Interlibrary Service offers to obtain articles from anywhere in the UK and even Worldwide when the articles you request are not available in our stock. So, remember to tick the option to “obtain from elsewhere” when ordering via our website. You will need to log in with your BMA username and password and choose the correct membership type.

If you need further information, give us a call on 020 7383 6625 / 6641 or email us bma-library@bma.org.uk

The BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) is currently taking place in Bournemouth – Sunday, 25 June to Thursday, 29 June 2017.

We have put together a booklet highlighting the key titles we hold in our printed books collection on the following topics:

  • Bullying and harassment
  • Wellbeing and mental health
  • Careers and FY and Junior Doctors

Printed copies of this booklet are available in both the ‘Talking Points’ and the ‘Development’ zones of the ARM.

If you are not able to attend the ARM in Bournemouth to pick up a copy of this booklet, a PDF version of it is accessible online:
BMA – ARM 2017 Talking Points : BMA Library Book Selection

All of the titles listed in this booklet can be requested using our Postal Loans Service:

Please get in touch with us if you have any queries about the titles in the booklet: bma-library@bma.org.uk


This month the library features information on men’s health, promoting awareness and the importance of seeing regular medical advice to early detect and treat disease. You can show your support and wear blue for all the men in your life on Wear Blue Day Friday 16th June.

In the UK the charity, Men’s Health Forum along with the Department of Health, the NHS and Public Health England are working hard to promote a better understanding of the various health issues faced by men. Especially during the week of the 12-18 June the motto Move More, Eat Well, Watch the Booze is part of the campaign “You got a Hazardous Waist?”. Keep up to date and download a useful toolkit on #MHW17.


The scale of the challenge:

Did you know that men are more likely to die from heart disease at early ages and have a significant higher risk of dying form liver disease and diabetes?

Did you know that they are also more likely than women to smoke (and smoke to level hazardous for health), eat too much salt and red meat but eat too little fruit and veg and drink to dangerous levels?

Here are some important stats:

  • One man in five dies before the age of 65
  • 75% of premature deaths from heart disease are male
  • 67% of men are overweight or obese
  • Middle-aged men are twice as likely to have diabetes as women
  • Four out of five suicides are male

This is the harsh reality. A wake up call for men to make a commitment to their health. You can find out more and support the cause on #menshealthweek and read the Men’s Health Manifesto to know all that can be done to reduce premature death in men.

Already looking to make a change? Then visit  the library’s online catalogue to browse all the books and reports we have on men’s health and very useful patient information to a healthier lifestyle. Check it out on http://bit.ly/2srtp97

Wear blue to support all the men in your life!

“A man too busy to take care of his health is like a mechanic too busy to take care of his tools” (Proverb)


(Source: Men’s Health Forum)


We know that this time of year can be a period of very long hours, little sleep, bursts of anxiety and stress fits but we know that you will do well. Just follow a few tips to sail through this stage and be able to relax and enjoy the weather very soon:

  • Give yourself enough time to study
  • Organise yourself and your study place
  • Use flowcharts, diagrams and mind maps
  • Revise old exams and practice
  • Organise study groups and explain your answers to mock exams
  • Take regular breaks,  go out and exercise a little
  • Feed your brain with healthy and nutritious food
  • Take plenty of water
  • Plan your exam day and don’t forget to breath, keep calm and carefully read your questions so that you can organise and structure your answers.

If you would like to know more about how to make the best of your revising and study skills, have a look at our catalogue. You will be amazed at how many books we have on the subject of revision, memory skills and exam techniques. Good luck and let us know how you get on.


In March we introduced a ban on all Food and Drink in the Reading Room.

Your choice of mouseWe have now relaxed the ban on drinks. You can now bring in drinks to the Reading Room, but only ones with lids.

The ban on all types of food is still fully in effect as we continue to have an issue with mice. Pest Control have advised us, once again, that it is only when all sources of food have been removed that the mice issue will be successfully resolved.

We greatly appreciate the co-operation of everyone who makes use of the Reading Room in complying with this ban, and not attempting to sneak in any food, no matter how small, which will prolong the current pest problem.

Thank you.

Every year in May the Stroke Association campaigns to raise awareness of stroke and all those affected by it. By supporting #MakeMayPurple you can help #Changethestory of stroke survivors and help raise money for more research that will save lives.

We are also helping promote awareness amongst users with a series of displays in our reading room giving information from the history of stroke to the symptoms, effects, rehabilitation and prevention. However, if you can’t make it to the library it’s not a problem, we have a selection of printed books, audiovisuals and e-books on the subject that you can access from our online catalogue anytime anywhere.

Stroke can happen at any age and it’s more common than you think. So, let’s make May Purple for Stroke!




Here are our opening times for the upcoming May Bank Holidays:

  • Thursday 27 April – 9am to 6pm
  • Friday 28 April – 9am to 4pm
  • Saturday 29 April – 10am to 4pm
  • Sunday 30 April – Closed
  • Monday 1 May (First May Bank Holiday) – Closed
  • Tuesday 2 May – 9am to 6pm

May Bank Holiday

  • Thursday 25 May – 9am to 6pm
  • Friday 26 May – 9am to 4pm
  • Saturday 27 May – Closed
  • Sunday 28 May – Closed
  • Monday 29 May (Second May Bank Holiday) – Closed
  • Tuesday 30 May – 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).