Library collections

What we collect and how we manage our collections

Our collections

Loan collection

We hold over 19,000 loan items comprising books, ebooks, 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 has access to over 13,000 journals online. 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 about our databases.

Reference collection

The reference collection includes items in high demand, unpublished papers and an archive of older material.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 Staff Publications Online. The library also holds copies of past Tavistock and Portman 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. Audio-visual items may be located via the library catalogue under the search terms ‘video recording’, ‘DVD’ or ‘sound recording’ plus a keyword. Some videos are now being made available for streaming online, including Trust Scientific Meetings. Staff and students can also access Box of Broadcasts (BoB).

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