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).

Here are our opening times over the upcoming Easter period:

Monday 10 April – 9am to 6pm
Tuesday 11 April – 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 12 April – 9am to 6pm
Thursday 13 April – 9am to 4pm
Friday 14 April (Good Friday) – Closed

Easter Eggs

Monday 17 April (Easter Monday) – Closed
Tuesday 18 April – 9am to 6pm
Wednesday 19 April – 9am to 6pm
Thursday 20 April – 9am to 6pm
Friday 21 April – 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).

No Food or Drink signWe have now introduced a ban on all food and drink in the Library.

This ban has been introduced due to the fact that library users have not been disposing of food leftovers appropriately as well as not returning drinking glasses or crockery to the Hastings Room as requested.

We have previously been lenient with regard to the consumption of drinks and snacks in the library, but a number of users have recently started bringing in cooked and smelly foods – resulting in complaints.

All of the above has left us with no choice but to introduce a complete ban on food and drink because we now have a problem with mice!


Ideal if you are conducting research, developing guidelines, writing for publication or looking for the latest evidence to support patient care, the library’s specialist search team carry out expert searches free of charge on topics of your choice.  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 a search specialist 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

We would like to apologise to anyone who received an overdue email notice from us this morning for items that you have already returned to us.

Due to a technical glitch, following an upgrade of our Library Management System earlier this week, several hundred historic overdue email notices were re-sent out this morning, rather than just the current ones for today.

All of the erroneous email notices are dated “06/10/2016” can be disregarded.

Thank you for your understanding,

BMA Library Staff.




We will be carrying out essential maintenance work on our online catalogue (www.bma.org.uk/catalogue) on Monday, 20 February 2017 – from 7.30am to 10.30am.

During this time it will not be possible to search our collections, or request the loan of any items.

Please phone us on 020 7383 6625 if you require any assistance.