We have a large selection of e-books that are of particular relevance to medical students. Here are our current most popular student e-books:

All of our e-books are accessible via our online catalogue.

In addition, we provide access to ClinicalKey Student which contains hundreds of medical student e-books published by Elsevier. It also provides access to large collections of images and videos.
(Full details of how to access ClinicalKey Student.)

If you have any queries about any of our e-books, or ClinicalKey Student, please get in touch with us at: e-books@bma.org.uk

The Library’s Online Catalogue offers a range of options for accessing content in our e-journals collection.

We still offer an A to Z browse list of titles, but you will notice that there is now also the facility to search by category using the expandable lists of medical specialties available on the left hand side of the screen. There is also the facility to search for keywords in the title of a journal using the search box at the top of the page which as you type presents a google-like auto-complete list of suggestions based on the titles available in our collection:

You can now also search directly for journal articles from the main search page of the online catalogue. Just enter a few keywords or phrases, run the search and then limit to just journal article results using the Resource Type > Articles limiter on the left hand side navigation:

It is also possible to conduct a keyword search of articles within a particular journal. First search for and open the full record entry of the particular journal you wish to search within and then use the search box labelled Search Inside:

If you have the citation details of a particular article, in particular the DOI or PMID for it, you can use our Search by Citation facility to very quickly and easily see if it is available in our collection:

You don’t need to fill in all of the elements on the form, just enough to identify the particular article you are looking for. If you have either the DOI or the PMID of the article then just entering one of these alone should be sufficient.

If you have any comments or queries about accessing our e-journals please email: e-journals@bma.org.uk

Below is a list of the new titles that we have added to our E-Books Collection this month:

If you have any queries about any of these e-books, or any of the other titles in our E-Books Collection, please get in touch with us at: e-books@bma.org.uk

This week all of the e-books that we hold from Oxford University Press have migrated to a new platform, Oxford Academic.

All of these e-books remain accessible to you via our online catalogue, but now have a much more intuituve and feature rich interface. In particular, it is now far easier to download the PDF of a chapter:

All of these e-books are DRM-free which means that there are no restrictions on accessing them or the length of time that the downloads last for.

Some of our most popular OUP titles are:

If you have any queries about our OUP e-books, or any other e-book queries, please get in touch with us at: e-books@bma.org.uk

The BMA library has moved towards an e-first strategy to take advantage of all the benefits provided by e-books and e-journals. With the recent move of the library to a new purpose-built space we have had the opportunity to undertake a review of the collections.  We have purchased e-book equivalents of our most heavily used titles where available. All future purchases will be of e-books in preference to print wherever possible.

Using e-books provides you and the library with several advantages over traditional, printed material:

  • 24/7 access to resources and equity of access to members regardless of location
  • Access for multiple users at the same time (on most e-books) ensures value for money
  • E-books are greener than their print equivalents, so we reduce the carbon footprint of library services in line with BMA Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) commitments
  • We can provide content to you more quickly, as e-books are supplied much more quickly than their print equivalents
  • You can print and download sections of the book, in compliance with copyright guidelines
  • Added functionality such as highlighting and making notes within the text that you can download or print etc.

You can browse our e-book and e-journal subscriptions, plus open access content, using our library online catalogue.

Library-owned items that are unavailable electronically will be posted to members at no cost. BMA members will be responsible for the cost of return postage for items borrowed from the library.

We are pleased to announce the opening of the new library at BMA House

The library has moved into a purpose-built, modern, flexible space.

How to use the library:

  • Booking is required to use the study space in the library. BMA members may book a desk. The library is open 9-5 and members can book a half day session (am or pm) or a whole day session.
  • We do not provide access to printers, scanners, computers or photocopiers. This is in line with our Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility (CSER) commitments. Please bring your own device.

UPDATED 17/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

This post is a first in our “From the Archives” series highlighting some of the less well-known items held in the BMA Library and Archives collection.

Born in 1697, Bernhard Siegfried Albinus was a German-born Dutch anatomist.

Working with Hermann Boerhaave, Albinus published works on Andreas Vesalius and William Harvey, but is probably best known for his Tabulae sceleti et musculorum corporis humani, first published in Leiden in 1747.  Working with the engraver Jan Wandelaar this publication contains numerous beautiful, anatomically accurate depictions of the human body showcased in natural, pastoral landscapes.  It took over eight years to complete.

An unauthorised English translation of the book was published in London in 1749.  Titled Tables of the skeleton and muscles of the human body, this is the edition held by the BMA library. As you can see from the picture, it is an impressive sized volume compared to other books in the library!

This first table, Tab I, contains chiefly a front view or figure of the Human Skeleton; with some added ligaments and cartilages.

The foundation for Albinus’s illustrations is the human skeleton. Many anatomical drawings begin with the outside of the human body, but Albinus removed all the muscles and ligaments so that the illustrations begin with the skeleton.

This second table, Tab II, contains a rear view of the Human Skeleton. Table III is the sideways view.

Tab I, [Human body with muscles] Albinus preserved the soft tissue and then added it to the skeleton to make his “muscleman”.  

Tab IV [Skeleton with Rhinoceros, Front View]

These show a standing human skeleton with partial musculature posed in front of a rhinoceros, one view from the front and one from the back. These anatomical illustrations are renowned not only as the first of their kind that influenced generations of anatomists and artists, but for incorporating the first accurately drawn depictions of a living rhinoceros. Wandelaar drew the exotic animal from life at the Amsterdam Zoo, where the first living specimen to arrive in Europe, nicknamed Clara, was brought in 1741. 

Tab VIII, [Skeleton with Rhinoceros, Back View]


“Bernhard Siegfried Albinus.’ University of Virginia, Historical Collections at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library. 2007. http://exhibits.hsl.virginia.edu/treasures/bernhard-siegfried-albinus-1697-1770/

UPDATED 17/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

All of our electronic resources (e-books, e-journals and databases) are accessible via our online catalogue.

In order to unlock your access to all of this content you just need to Sign in with your BMA username and password. Just click on the Sign in button on the top right hand side of the home page of our catalogue:

If you encounter an error message when attempting to sign into our online catalogue you may find that resetting your password will remedy this issue. To reset your BMA password please use the following link: https://authgateway.bma.org.uk/Account/ForgotPassword

After resetting your password if you find that you are still encountering an issue with signing in to our online catalogue please get in touch with us by sending an email to bma-library@bma.org.uk including your BMA membership number and the email address you are using to sign in with. Also, if possible, please include a screen shot of the error message you are seeing. This inbox is monitored – Monday to Friday; 9am to 5pm – and we will work to get the issue with your sign in resolved as quickly as possible.

The e-books, e-journals and databases that we provide access to via our online catalogue are hosted on dozens of different publisher/supplier platforms. We strive as far as possible to ensure that all of the tens of thousands of access links provided within our online catalogue to them are kept up to date and working.

On occasion, you may find an access link that is no longer working. When this occurs, please contact us by sending an email to bma-library@bma.org.uk:

  • Please write your email clearly and concisely with enough spacing
  • Please make sure the problem is written in the main body of the email and not just the subject line
  • Please include the details of the item you were looking at/for and what platform it is hosted on
    (Using the Permalink of the item is the best way to do this, please see below the details for how to do this.)
  • Please also include your BMA membership number

The Permalink button for an item is the quickest and easiest way to let us know exactly which electronic resource you are contacting us about:

When you click on the Permalink button you will be presented with a link:

Simply click on the Copy the permalink to clipboard link and then paste the link into the email you send to us.

If you have any comments or queries about accessing any of our electronic resources, please email: