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A subject guide to library resources for students and staff in the Faculty of Medical Sciences including the UCL Medical School

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On this page you can read about how to locate books for your subject, our key e-book collections for medicine, and other UCL libraries which contain relevant biomedical print books. Please also look at the links on the side of the page for information on searching our library catalogue, Explore.

Books and e-books

Book collections for medicine are located in UCL's teaching hospital and specialist biomedical libraries.

The UCL library catalogue Explore is the principal tool to find books, journals and other materials (either in print or in electronic format) held in UCL libraries. In the catalogue you will find details about the locations of materials you are looking for including library site, collection and shelfmark for print books.

For Medical Students at the Whittington campus, books can also be found by searching the Whittington Health Library Catalogue.

E-book collections

ClinicalKey Student

If you see a Choose organization pop-up, just click continue. You will need to login with an Elsevier account. If you don’t already have one please register with your UCL email address on initial login. Information will be processed by Elsevier in accordance with their privacy policy. Your UCL username and password are also required for off-site access.

To download books for offline reading use the ClincalKey Student Bookshelf app for iOS or Android.

  • First access the book on your computer and create your Elsevier account as described above.
  • Go into any of the book sections and click Add to bookshelf.
  • Then download the app and click sign in. Scroll down and click on Log in via your institution.
  • Search for and select UCL (University College London).
  • Sign in on the UCL single sign on screen and you will then be recognised by the app and the book will appear in your library. Click on the book to download it.


Oxford Medicine Online (OMO)

Oxford Medicine Online is home to Oxford University Press' medical publishing, bringing together authoritative texts by world-renowned authors. Access is to titles owned by UCL, including the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and works from the Mayo Clinic Scientific Press.

Other biomedical collections at UCL

Other UCL libraries which specialise in biomedicine and health related topics include:

The Science Library contains the following collections relevant to medicine:

  • Biology (UCL Science Library, 1st floor) - Biological studies (general), mathematical and statistical biology, ecology and biogeography, microbiology, genetics and evolutionary biology.
  • Medical Sciences (UCL Science Library, 2nd floor) - Human anatomy and physiology, cellular biology, molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, biochemistry, neuroscience, pharmacology, pathology, immunology and history of medicine.
  • Psychology (UCL Science Library, 2st floor) - Psychology, behavioural sciences and related disciplines.