Library Services for ELFT staff

The Newcomb Library provides Library and Knowledge Services for all ELFT staff.

Please note that the forms on this webpage work best with the Chrome browser.  Alternatively, please email the Newcomb Library with your request.

NHS OpenAthens account

Your OpenAthens account unlocks a wealth of resources including e-journals, e-books, e-learning and more!  See our leaflet about resources available at the Homerton.

Register for NHS OpenAthens

Login into NHS OpenAthens 

or via NICE Journals and Databases 

Forgotten your  password?   Go to:

Anything else contact us at

Need to find a journal?

You can search for journals using Journals A-Z - remember to login to your OpenAthens account at the top right of the page.

Looking for a book?

Library catalogue

Search the Newcomb Library catalogue for books and ebooks

Oxford Medicine OnlineCheck out our Oxford Medical Handbook Collection - alot of titles available electronically using an NHS OpenAthens username and password


Books of the Month 

March Books of the Month

Book of the Month

In Shock: How Nearly Dying Made Me a Better Intensive Care Doctor


Dr Rana Awdish

In shock book cover


At seven months pregnant, intensive care doctor Rana Awdish suffered a catastrophic medical event, haemorrhaging nearly all of her blood volume and losing her unborn first child. She spent months fighting for her life in her own hospital, enduring a series of organ failures and multiple major surgeries.

Every step of the way, Awdish was faced with something even more unexpected and shocking than her battle to survive: her fellow doctors’ inability to see and acknowledge the pain of loss and human suffering, the result of a self-protective barrier hard-wired in medical training.

In Shock is Rana Awdish's searing account of her extraordinary journey from doctor to patient, during which she sees for the first time the dysfunction of her profession’s disconnection from patients and the flaws in her own past practice as a doctor. Shatteringly personal yet wholly universal, it is both a brave roadmap for anyone navigating illness and a call to arms for doctors to see each patient not as a diagnosis but as a human being.


eBook of the Month

Oxford Textbook of Medicine

Edited by John Firth, Christopher Conlon, and Timothy Cox

Oxford textbook of medicine cover

The Oxford Textbook of Medicine is published online and has been regularly updated for many years, but the production of a new and very substantially updated edition provides a moment when it is natural and proper to reflect on what has changed in Medicine—and what has not—in recent years. The sixth edition of the textbook considers exactly what modern medicine has to offer patients and their doctors. Advances in biomedical sciences, the broader context of health and disease, patients and their expectations, and access to medical knowledge are some of the key areas examined in detail among the 30 sections of the book.

  Access here

New books

Check out our new books

If you’d like to recommend a book, contact us at

Confused by ebooks?  Have a look at our guide

Quick guide to ebooks September20.pdf [pdf] 1MB

Request an article

Before you request an article, please make sure you check that it is not already available with your NHS OpenAthens username and password.

To check, please go to Journals A-Z and search for the journal your article is in.  Remember to login to your OpenAthens account at the top right of the page.

Once you have checked, fill in this form to request an article:

Newcomb Library request an article form

Request a book

If you would like to request a inter-library loan for a book that is not available in the Newcomb Library catalogue, please complete the form below.  Please note that this service costs £2.00 per item.

Please make sure you have checked that your item is not in stock in the catalogue before submitting your request.

Newcomb Library request a book form




Request a literature search

If you are searching the literature for a work-related project, this can be both challenging and time-consuming. 

Let us do it for you!

Our Literature Search service uses the skills and expertise of qualified librarians who carry out searches on your behalf. This FREE service is available to any Homerton staff working on quality improvement and service development projects or to support patient care. 

Please use this form to request a search

Newcomb Library Literature Search Form

Learn to search the literature for yourself, by booking onto a course with us.

Alternatively, you can learn how to do a literature search online at:

How to join the library

Want to join the Library?

Please complete our membership form.  

Membership application form

Newcomb Library regulations

Newcomb Library Privacy Notice Sept 2018.docx [docx] 38KB


BMJ Best Practice App

Want to download the BMJ Best Practice App?                                                             

1. Go to the BMJ Best Practice website. Click on "Log-in",  Select 'Access through your institution' Type in search box 'NHS in England'.

2. Click "Create account" for a personal account or "Log in" if you already have an account.

3. Visit the Apple or Google Play store to search for and download the app.

4. Use your BMJ Best Practice "personal account" details to sign in and download the content.

Downloading the app at Homerton Hospital?  Connect to NHS wi-fi, download the BMJ Best Practice app and set up your personal acccount or log in through the app.

BMJ blogpost about BMJ Best Practice

Watch a quick video on how to download the BMJ Best Practice app via OpenAthens:

Learn more about BMJ Best Practice