About the Library

About Our Collections

Collection Development Policy

The Library’s Collection Development Policy reflects the mission of the Library to support the clinical, research, training and consultancy functions of the Trust by acquiring, developing and maintaining relevant resources and making these widely available to staff and students.

Loan Collection

We hold over 19,000 loan items comprising books, e-books, papers and pamphlets in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, family therapy, forensic psychotherapy, educational psychology, clinical psychology, organisational psychology and social work. To find out more, browse the library catalogue.

Journals Collection

The Library subscribes to 220 journals in print and and has access to over 13,000 in electronic format available via the internet. Use our Journal Finder for full details of our extensive collection.


The Library subscribes to a variety of databases in the fields of mental health, psychology and social care, including PsycINFO and Education Source. Find out more here.

Reference Collection

The reference collection includes Quick Reference materials, items in high demand, unpublished papers and an archive of older material. The collection is searchable via the Library Catalogue. Reference items are for use in the library only.

Theses Collection

Our collection of open access doctoral theses is available via  opens in a new windowStaff Publications Online. The Library also holds copies of past Tavistock Clinic Theses searchable via the Library Catalogue. Access to this collection is restricted to staff and students on a reference only basis.

Audio-Visual Collection

Our extensive Audio-visual Collection includes an archive of Trust lectures and conferences, commercially produced training material and TV programmes. Our archive recordings have been digitised to make them more accessible. Audio-visual items may be located via the Library Catalogue under the search terms ‘video recording’, ‘DVD’ or ‘sound recording’ plus a keyword. We also subscribe to BoB Learning On Screen to give access to millions of TV and radio programmes.

Karnac Books Tavistock Series

The Tavistock Clinic Series is written in a clear and accessible style and makes available the clinical and theoretical work that has been most influential at the Tavistock.

Our Year in Review

Our focus for the past year has been in three key areas:

  • Develop and maintain an information
    infrastructure that will give the best access to quality information
  • Teaching information skills and encouraging
    users to appraise and evaluate sources
  • Ensure that we have a suitably qualified,
    IT literate and committed staff team

Using Social Media

While social media is an excellent tool for tutors and students in higher education it is important to be aware of the often complex legal issues which can arise from its use, particularly in the areas of copyright and data protection/e-privacy. More about our policy.

Critical Skills Framework for Library Staff

Critical Skills Framework 2018/9

The Library staff need to ensure that they have all of the necessary skills to deliver an up-to-the-minute, innovative Library and Information Service. The framework outlines the skills, how they will be achieved and a time frame  for the training. The Framework is divided into 4 parts 3 of which are Refreshers and one New Staff Induction

New Staff Induction Programme
Managing and Organising Information
Exploiting our Resources
Service Delivery

Library Strategy

The Strategy presents eight Key Performance Areas which encapsulates the main emphasis on which the library will concentrate during the next three  years. These Key Performance Areas are:


  •  User Experience
    •Systems, Collections and Processes
    •Widening Participation Equality and Diversity
    •Research Support
    •Finance and Resource Management
    •Space Management
    •Library Staff Training & Management
    •New ways of Working
  • See the complete 2019 – 2022  Library Strategy for full details

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