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Journals

All three libraries feature extensive journal access, with thousands available online in full-text, and in our print archives. 

We run an article request service as well, so if you can't find the article you're after, or you're having trouble accessing it, just let us know and we can track it down for you. 

Finding what you need

You can access journals online, or in print across our libraries. You will need an OpenAthens account in order to access the majority of our journal resources online.*

Articles can be scanned and emailed as PDFs, or photocopied, but please note that journals cannot be borrowed from the libraries in the same way as books.

Accessing a journal online

We have access to thousand of journals online in full-text from a wide range of publishers and resources. These have been purchased locally on your behalf, regionally, or nationally as part of the NHS core content. To access the majority of these journals, you will need to sign in to the resource with a free OpenAthens account.*

To see if we have access to particular journal online, the best place to start is by searching our catalogue. You can use our quick search box below, which will then take you to our catalogue: 


  • Searching our catalogue will show results from all the healthcare libraries across Kent, Surrey and Sussex, indicating which Trusts hold the journal in print, and to which Trust the journal is available to online. 
  • Follow the relevant links to access the journal, and log in with your OpenAthens account where prompted.
  • You can log in and search the same full catalogue with our free app, BookMyne, available for iOS (Apple) and Android devices.

*Please note that locally-funded resources within your OpenAthens account may vary depending on which NHS organisation or institution you belong to.

Finding journals in your library

Each library keeps a core journal collection of medical, nursing, health, scientific, and management titles. Specifically requested titles are also circulated between sites. 

  • Searching our catalogue will show whether we stock the journal in print, and which library holds it. 
  • Journal articles may be photocopied or scanned to email, but journals should not be removed from the premises and are not available for loan.

We will soon update this section with a downloadable list of current print journal holdings for KCH, WHH, and QEQM.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you can't find the particular journal or article you are after, we can track it down for you from other libraries in our network and further afield.

  • Article Request Cards can be found on the front desks at each library. Fill one of these and hand to library staff. Alternatively you can email or call us with the details. 
  • Inter-Library Requests are all free to you, no matter where we obtain articles from, with the exception of the British Library which is charged at £6 per item.

Get an OpenAthens account

To access most of the journals that are available via the resources we subscribe to, you will need to sign in with your OpenAthens account. 

If you don't have an OpenAthens account, you can sign up for one here:

openathens.nice.org.uk

Journals in your specialty

Want to see all the journals that you have free full-text access to, directly relating to your specialty? 

We've put together a list here: Resources by Specialty

Quick links to top journals

Access full-text current and recent issues of these top medical journals. Please note that an OpenAthens account is required to view all content. 

  • The British Medical Journal - access the current issue of the BMJ, as well as an extensive archive going all the way back to the first issue in 1840.
  • The Lancetview the current issue of The Lancet, with archive access from 2007 onwards. 
  • The New England Journal of Medicine - view recent issues of the NEJM. Please note that there is a 3-month embargo* with our access to this journal. Archive access goes back to 1990.

*an academic embargo is a period of time where access to an academic journal is not allowed to users who have either not paid for access, or have access through their institution (such as OpenAthens via EKHUFT). More information on embargoes. 


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