Library services

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The King's Fund Library Service provides a unique and free source of information on health and social care policy and management. We can help with literature searches, research support and information queries.

Our library will be reopening from Monday 14 March 2022. If you would like to visit the library, please book a space in advance of your visit.

Our services

Got a question about health and care?

Do you have a health or social care question? Need to check a reference or a fact? Our free enquiry service will soon have you up to speed.

Library support for further education colleges

There are many routes into careers in health and social care, and our team of librarians are uniquely placed to support you and your students by providing tailored training and guidance. 

The King's Fund Library database

Search our free online database of health and social care policy literature.

Evidence search

Let us uncover the available evidence on any aspect of health or social care policy.

Digital archive

Delve into the history of The King’s Fund and of health care in London at or find out more.

Reading lists

View selected references on a wide range of health and care subjects.

Stay up to date

Subscribe to our email bulletins for the latest on health and social care

Visit the library

Book to use our library and collection and plan your visit.

Library events


Bertie's Book Group

Named after our own King Edward VII, Bertie's Book Group focuses on books that have a medical or health care-related theme and is a great way of exploring facets of health care through fiction. 

    The group is open to all and meets on the third Thursday of every month. At the moment, due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the group is meeting online through Microsoft Teams.

    Book your place on our next virtual book group session:

    If you're not able to join us for the discussion, you can join the conversation on our Goodreads page.

    Sign up to receive our monthly Bertie’s Book Group newsletter and get information about upcoming meetings delivered direct to your inbox.


    Walking tours

    To help you explore the rich history of health care, The King's Fund Library has developed a range of walking tours that run during the summer months every year.

    Pills, Skills and Toothaches is a free walking tour where you'll discover the medical history of Marylebone. You'll be taken to the heart of 'pill island' and be introduced to some of Marylebone's many medical residents. You'll get a chance to visit the house of 'nurse number one', learn who was the 'King of the Quacks' and visit the site of Florence Nightingale's first post, as we explore the growth of medical and allied health professions from the 19th century to the present day.

    Lost Soles is a free walking tour where you'll wind your way through Fitzrovia to take in the history of the area, rediscovering the sights, sounds and souls who have been lost along the way. Find out the reason why you can dine with a wooden cat at The Savoy and hear about how an NHS hospital grew out of a Victorian workhouse.

    Due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we will not be running the walking tours this year.

    From the archive

    In this section we delve into our rich digital archive collection in order to better tell some of the stories hidden inside. Our blogs and exhibitions use material from The King’s Fund archive to reflect on the development of the English health system from the late 19th Century, through the birth of the NHS, right up to present day.


    Spoonful of sugar: hospital food and medicine

    This virtual exhibition from The King's Fund library service delves into its digital archive to explore the fascinating history of hospital food. Learn about the history of hospital catering and discover the societal, cultural and technological shifts that can be traced through the history of NHS hospital food.


    The King's Fund history of nursing

    The King's Fund library has created an interactive exhibition drawn from its digital archive. In it we explore the history of nursing recruitment and training through the work of The King’s Fund and share key milestones in nursing history.

    Library blog