The key texts and collections below are freely available to Somerset NHS Foundation Trust staff and students with a local NHS OpenAthens Password.

Register free here: OpenAthens page


The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures

How to use the Royal Marsden Manual; a short video guide

The Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines in Psychiatry 14th Edition
Print copies of the 14th edition are available, please check availability on the Library Catalogue, or contact Library staff.

The Maudsley Practice Guidelines for Physical Health Conditions in Psychiatry


OUP Medical and Healthcare collection 2021 –  136 titles online

Pocket Reference Books – 8 Hands-on books and 18 Pocket reference guides

EBSCO Psychology & Mental Health e-book collection – 590 psychology titles

Kortext NHS Collection – Links to a collection of fiction and non-fiction funded by the NHS

Kortext FAQs – Instructions for setting up your Kortext account to enable reading through the App can be found here.

Search eBook Catalogue

You can also search the ProQuest Ebook Central electronic book catalogue. You have access to the whole catalogue and will have free access to content for five minutes each day.


You will be prompted for an OpenAthens password.

Subscribed titles

To view titles purchased or subscribed to by the library choose ‘advanced search’ on the home page and tick the ‘Owned and subscribed to by my library’ box.

Read online

Subscribed and non-subscribed titles may be read online for a limited period only. After the five minute grace period you will need to check out subscribed copies to continue reading or request a loan for non subscribed copies.


Subscribed/loaned titles may also be downloaded to an ereader. After clicking ‘download’ you will be prompted to choose Laptop/Desktop PC, iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod), Android or Other. We suggest the following, all of which are available free of charge:

For laptop/desktop computers: Adobe Digital Editions. (IT services will need to do this for you if you are using a hospital computer).

For iOS devices: Bluefire Reader

For Android devices: AIReader

Loan or request an ebook

Loan or purchase of an ebook may be possible. If you would like to recommend a title for your team follow the ‘request access’ prompts in the catalogue and library staff will contact you to discuss acquisition.