An NHS user's guide to Imperial College London Library

Staff and students on placement from the following NHS trusts may join the Library:

Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
West London NHS Trust

Imperial College Health Partners (trial membership, maximum 5 ICHP staff) 

How to register

You may register at the library of your choice. This will be your home library.

Complete the online library membership application form. After submitting the form please visit your home library and show your NHS Trust ID card. Proof of current status (NHS contract, letter of appointment) may also be required. If you work at a distance from our libraries and are unlikely or unable to visit our sites physically, please contact your home library to complete your registration.

Imperial College Health Partners, please visit one of our medical campus libraries to register.

Borrowing and requests

Staff with honorary contracts at Imperial College London are registered as Imperial staff. 

Staff without honorary contracts at Imperial College London are registered as NHS borrowers. 

Students on placement for more than 8 weeks are registered as NHS Students for one year or less depending on the placement end date.

Students on placement for less than 8 weeks and staff on short-term placements are registered as NHS student reference users.

You may borrow:

NHS borrowers
Total itemsNumber of weeksIncluding 24 hour loans
 20  3 week  4
Sign in to Library Search to request an item which is out on loan or at another campus. We will email you when it is available for collection. Your request limit is 10 at one time.
NHS placement students
Total itemsNumber of weeksIncluding 24 hour loans
 5  1 week  0

When you have selected the items you wish to borrow take them to the desk or use one of our self-service machines.

We will automatically renew your items for up to 12 months before they must be returned for re-issue, unless they have been requested.

If an item is recalled you will need to return it by the due date. The Library charges fines on recalled items.

You can return items to any library.

Staff from the following NHS Trusts in NHS London (NW) but not specified in the agreement are registered as NHS reference users.

  • Health Education North West London
  • Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
  • London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum
  • NHS Brent CCG
  • NHS Central London CCG (Westminster)
  • NHS Ealing CCG
  • NHS Hammersmith & Fulham CCG
  • NHS Harrow CCG
  • NHS Hillingdon CCG
  • NHS Hounslow CCG
  • NHS West London CCG (Kensington & Chelsea and Queens Park & Paddington)
  • North West London Commissioning Support Unit
  • The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

Social Services staff employed by local authorities in North West London are entitled to reference access on request.

Use of e-journals, e-books and databases

To use Imperial e-journals, e-books and databases, we will issue you with an Imperial College London username and password when you register. Access is only available in the Library via our PCs or by using Imperial College's Wi-Fi network on your own devices.