The Healthcare Library has a wide range of books covering all major medicine, health and life science specialties.

In addition to 1,000s of print books, we also have an extensive collection of e-books.

Healthcare Library members may borrow up to 15 books from any of our libraries.

Books are usually issued for 4 weeks and can be renewed up to 5 times. Please note: books in high demand may have their loan period shortened to 1 week.

All items borrowed must be returned or renewed by the return date to avoid incurring fines. You can renew your books via My Account or by contacting library staff at any Borrower Services Desk. Please note: books in demand cannot be renewed.

Returns and Renewals

Books should be returned by the due date. If you are returning an item by post, please remember that you are responsible for its safe return. Contact your local library branch for return policies and out of hours return facilities.

You can renew your books via My Account or by contacting library staff at any Borrower Services Desk.

Requests and Recalls

Making requests: Books which are on loan may be requested online or by contacting any Borrower Services Desk.

Recalled items: The library recalls items when they have been requested so that popular items are made available to as many borrowers as possible.

  • If a book you have on loan is requested by another borrower, a new return date will be emailed to you. Please note: you will have a maximum of 1 week to return the item.
  • Overdue recalled items incur higher fines
  • Recalled items cannot be renewed

Notifications: how we stay in touch with you

Healthcare Library members receive notifications alerting them about overdue material and recalling material which is requested by another borrower. These notices may be emailed or posted.

We will contact you:

  • The day before a book is due for return (via email)
  • The day after a book was due for return (it is now overdue and incurring fines)

After 3 overdue notifications an invoice is generated automatically. Invoices are cancelled when the book is returned.


All overdue loans are subject to fines. You may not be able to borrow if you have any outstanding charges. The following rates apply:

  • Books 10p per item per day
  • Recalled books 40p per item per day

Lost items

Please contact the Borrower Services Desk as soon as possible if you have lost a book. You may be billed for the replacement.

In the case of Inter-Library Loan (ILL) items, the British Library charges a minimum of £166.20 per item for the replacement of items which are long overdue, damaged or lost.

This cost is charged to the borrower responsible and includes a non-refundable administrative charge of £83.10 plus VAT per item even if the item is subsequently returned.

ILL items in demand which are not returned promptly will also incur the above charge.