Welcome to St George’s

We would like to welcome all new doctors who have recently joined us at St George’s. Below are some key things to help get you started.

Register with the library

To register with the library, simply complete the online registration form here.

Self-register for an OpenAthens account

If you need to set up a new OpenAthens account, use the self-registration form; if you already have an existing account with another organisation, you can transfer it to St George’s. If you have any questions, or need any help, contact our OpenAthens administrator, Stephen Reid.

Key resources

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ BestPractice is an online point of care tool that gives healthcare professionals fast and easy access to the latest information when making diagnosis and treatment decisions. Access via your OpenAthens account.


UpToDate is an online evidence-based medicine resource providing point-of-care clinical information. Access via your OpenAthens account, or from the trust intranet.


The library website has a list of databases available to all NHS staff. This inlcudes a version of PubMed which links to OpenAthens full-text content, Medline, Embase and additional resources including Aclands Video Atlas of Anatomy.

BMJ OnExamination

Designed to assist doctors in training to prepare for membership examinations with current and relevant online revision courses. Voucher codes providing 2 months access to the site are available from the library. Contact liaison@sgul.ac.uk for further information, or to request a voucher.


OpenAthens journals A-Z

To see which journals are available to access with your OpenAthens account, visit the NICE journals A-Z. Login to see full details.

University journals A-Z

Further titles are available from the St George’s, University of London collections; see the searchable A-Z list. All university journals are accessible from the computer rooms adjacent to the library; visit the library helpdesk to obtain a login.

Article request service

Articles from the university collections can also be requested online, using the form on the library website.


Our e-book collection can be found using Hunter, the library search tool. Filter results to ‘Online Resources’ for e-books, and login with your OpenAthens account.

Library guides

The library has produced a range of guides, designed to support clinical practice, research, and professional and service development. These include a guide to COVID-19 resources and research, quality improvement, and a guide on carrying out systematic reviews. The full list of guides can be found here.

Literature searching service

CARES is our literature searching service, available to all NHS staff. The service supports clinical practice, service development, research and teaching by providing librarian-run literature and evidence searches on your behalf.


For help, or for further information on library services, support and training, and the resources that are available to you, contact us on liaison@sgul.ac.uk