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.

UPDATED 03/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

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:

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, and Nature.

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

UPDATED 03/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

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

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: https://www.bma.org.uk/bma-library/clinicalkey

UPDATED 31/10/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

We have now successfully set up access to a large number of e-journals on the Ovid Medline and Embase databases, 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.

Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological bibliographic database of published literature. It is produced by Elsevier and contains over 32 million records from over 8,500 currently published journals.

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

  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Elsevier
  • Karger
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Sage
  • SpringerNature
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley

All of the above collections are part of our E-Journals Collection, which are also accessible via our online catalogue.

If you have any queries or feedback about our E-Journals Collection or access to the Medline and Embase databases on Ovid please get in touch with us by email at: e-journals@bma.org.uk.

UPDATED 03/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

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 – https://bma.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=44BMA_INST:44BMA

If you have any queries about any of these e-books please get in touch with us at: e-books@bma.org.uk

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

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

Oxford Handbook of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery (3rd Edition)

Clinical SAQs for the Final FRCEM, by Banerjee

SBAQs for the FRCEM Primary, by Gupta


Revision Notes for FRCEM Intermediate SAQ Paper, by Banerjee

All of our e-books, both the ones above and the thousands of others that we have, are all accessible via our online catalogue – https://bma.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=44BMA_INST:44BMA

If you have any queries about any of these e-books please get in touch with us at: e-books@bma.org.uk

UPDATED 03/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

We have today added the following titles from the ABC and At a Glance series to our E-Books Collection:

ABC of Alcohol (5th Edition)

ABC of Arterial and Venous Disease (3rd Edition)

ABC of Autism


ABC of Clinical Communication


ABC of Clinical Leadership (2nd Edition)


ABC of Common Soft Tissue Disorders


ABC of COPD (3rd Edition)


ABC of Diabetes (7th Edition)

ABC of Learning and Teaching in Medicine (3rd Edition)


ABC of Multimorbidity

ABC of Orthopaedics and Trauma


ABC of Prehospital Emergency Medicine


ABC of Sports and Exercise Medicine (4th Edition)

Applied Anatomy for Clinical Procedures at a Glance

Transplantation at a Glance (2nd Edition)

All of our e-books, both the ones above and the thousands of others that we have, are all accessible via our online catalogue – https://bma.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/discovery/search?vid=44BMA_INST:44BMA

If you have any queries about any of these e-books please get in touch with us at: e-books@bma.org.uk