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Medical Professionals NHS Library Guide

This guide is for Medical Professionals working for St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Finding Books



St George’s Library has access to over 3000 E-books through online providers: Ebook Central, Books@Ovid and Oxford Medicine Online. You can search for titles using Hunter and can be accessed from any computer online with an NHS OpenAthens username and password.

Searching for E-books

Use Hunter, the library catalogue to search for an NHS E-book.

  • In the search box, enter two or three key words of the book you are looking for.
  • Select the Books and more option from the drop-down menu.
  • Selecting Online Resources from the options on the left, to limit the results to only those titles which are available in E-book format.
  • To view an e-book, select View Online underneath the chosen item, and then click on the NHS users log in here link.If prompted to enter your OpenAthens details in order to access your chosen E-book.
  • The below video guide offers step-by-step instructions.
Kortext ebooks


An additional collection of ebooks is available through Kortext, at

Funded by Health Education England, the collection covers subject areas including key clinical topics, nursing and healthcare management, alongside titles on critical appraisal, mentoring and revision resources for medical exams.

To access, go directly to the Kortext website:, select St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust from the list of institutions and enter your OpenAthens details.

If you need to create an OpenAthens account, or have forgotten your password, visit:

Searching for print books

Use Hunter to search the library catalogue for print books

The library has a wide range of titles of interest to medical professionals. When in the library the call numbers below will help you to locate books on the following topics.

W 1-925 General Medicine. Health Professions WO 1-950 Surgery                                                    
WB 1-962 Practice of Medicine WP 1-910 Gynaecology
WE 1-890 Musculoskeletal System WR 1-670 Dermatology
WG 1-700  Cardiovascular System WS 1-463 Paediatrics
Wl 1-710 Nervous System WU 1-640 Dentistry. Oral Surgery
WM 1-611 Psychiatry WW 1-722.1 Opthalmology

Finding the book you need

Books are arranged in alphabetical, and then numerical order of the call number, Use the call number to find the book on the shelves.

Borrowing & Returning Books

Step 1. This video explains the process of how to take books out using our self service machines. Items that you have on loan are renewed automatically up to 10 times - however you may be required to return a book before the renewal limit if a hold has been placed on the item.

Step 2. You can return books at anytime by posting them through the book returns slot. Items returned through the book returns slot are automatically taken off your Library record.

Reserving items

If all the copies of the book that you want are out on loan you can reserve a copy by placing a hold.

The ‘Locations’ tab in Hunter will tell you if there are any copies available. If all the copies have the status ‘On Loan‘, you’ll need to sign-in to Hunter in order to place a hold on the book. Click the ‘Sign-in for more options‘ link. Enter your login details when prompted. Then click the ‘Place Hold‘ link which has now become active.

Click on the ‘Request’ button to confirm the hold. You’ll then be notified of your place in the Holds queue. When a copy becomes available you will receive an email notification to come and collect it from the Library Helpdesk, you then have one week to collect the item

You can view or cancel your hold requests by using the ‘My Account‘ link in the top right-hand corner of Hunter and clicking on the ‘Requests‘ tab.

If you are unable to find a book or journal article in our collections, we may be able to obtain a copy for you from a different library.

Making an interlibrary loan (ILL) request

Sign into your library account and follow the 'Request Interlibrary Loan' link. Complete the online form as fully as possible, specifying whether your request is for a book or a journal article.

How much will it cost?

NHS staff are funded for 10 free interloans per year, further requests must be funded by an account code or cash/cheque payment. If you are paying for your ILL by account code, please enter the code in the Comment box. Cash payments must be made at the Library helpdesk (Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm).

Receiving and collecting requested ILL items

You will be notified when your item arrives. They must be signed for and returned by the date shown on the slip inside. Certain items may not be removed from the Library - they will be marked 'restricted access' and kept at the Helpdesk.

How long does the request take?

Most book requests usually arrive within 7-14 days. Please note, however, that supply times depend upon the organisation supplying the request, and this is not within our control.

For more information see the inter-library loans webpage.

Can I print from e-books?

The usual copyright limitations for fair usage apply – i.e. you can print one chapter or up to 5% of a book or similar publication, whichever is the greater. Each supplier is a little different on the limitations, but once you’ve reached the limit, you may not be able to print any more.

Can I download e-books?

Dawsonera allows you to download a whole book for a day/24 hours. You will lose access after this time but you can always go back and download the book again. In order to read the downloaded book, you will need to download and install free software. On any PC or laptop you will need Adobe Digital Editions, and if using a mobile device you will need BlueFire Reader. It is recommended to read these e-books online. With Oxford Medicine Online, you may download individual chapters up to the copyright limit, and can keep them indefinitely.


The e-books aren’t displaying properly, what might be the problem?

If you are reading an e-book on your own PC, laptop or device it may depend on which version of Windows /Mac OS you are using, whether the browser is Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari, and your cookie settings. Try switching to a different browser, or deleting cookies and restarting the browser.

If you are still experiencing problems then there may be an issue with the suppliers service, check the Library Services Alerts for updates on service issues.

The book I need is not available in the library?

If the book you need is not available through the library then you can: