bpf library

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In addition to the bpf library all bpf members, trainees and staff can use the libraries that belong to the PLUG library cooperative. Just email the librarian first. This is for reference use only.

PLUG library cooperative:

  • Metanoia
  • IOPA
  • IGA
  • WPF
  • Minster
  • NSPC
  • SAP
  • Anna Freud

contact the librarians

Andrew Russell & Polly Mortimer

Andrew works on Tuesdays remotely and on Fridays at the bpf house 10:00-17:00, and Polly (consultant) is in the library on Fridays 11:30-17:00.

e-mail: [email protected]psychotherapy.org.uk 
telephone: 020 8452 9823

from the bpf blog

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frequently asked questions

where is the library at 37?

We are on the first floor overlooking Mapesbury Road. Part of the collection (secondary sources) is in the library and part in the committee room opposite (primary sources and the John Padel Collection).

what do you offer to students and members with disabilities?

We can help in any way possible – the catalogue can be searched online, http://b10315uk.eos-intl.eu/B10315UK/, we can handpick books as requested and leave them in an appointed place downstairs, and we can talk to individual members or students about their particular requirements. There is also Zoom or WhatsApp for inductions. We can also send books on request.

how many books can we take out at a time?

6 books for 8 weeks, and renewable by entering your email address in the SIGN IN part of the EOS library catalogue and following instructions. All books in the library are available to borrow. There is no reference section. Please return the books to the box as marked by the library door.

can we book a library tour?

Yes – please email or phone to make an appointment to be shown round.

what days do library staff come in?

Andrew (librarian) works on Tuesdays (remotely) and Fridays 10-5. Polly (consultant) is in on Fridays (11-4.30) . Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected] or 020 8452 9823.

how do we take a book out if the librarians are not in?

Just sign it out on the sheet provided by the library door – entering the barcode (from the back of the book) and your details as indicated.

what do we do if we find a mistake in the scanned readings for our course?

Just email us or phone us straight away and we will put it right.

do you accept donations?

We will take recently published books only, as our shelves are at capacity. OXFAM Books will take donations, which go to a very good cause.

do you have a suggestions book?

Not as such, but we are happy to take ideas and suggestions by email.

are there formal inductions to the library?

Please contact us if you’d like one, or/and an intro to e-resources.

where are the primary sources kept?

In the committee room, opposite the library.

what e-resources do you subscribe to?

We have journal subscriptions for Infant Observation, International journal of Jungian studies, Journal of Child Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, BJP , Infant Mental Health Journal and Journal of Analytic Psychology.

what do I do if I can’t find a resource in the library that I want?

Either visit the British Library, free to join, http://www.bl.uk/ or you can go as a student to the Tavistock (it costs £10 per day) .

bpf www.britishpsychotherapyfoundation.org.uk is also a member of PLUG (Psychotherapy Libraries Umbrella Group) and we have reciprocal reference rights with these organisations below. All their catalogues are free to browse online. Just email the librarian beforehand if you want to visit.


Institute of Psychoanalysis


Institute of Group Analysis


Society of Analytical Psychology


Minster Centre


Metanoia institute


The Anna Freud Centre


New School of Psychotherapy and Counselling


Westminster Pastoral Foundation



We also belong to CHILL library group, and PLCS (Psychiatric Libraries Co Operative System) – a NHS journal sharing scheme. Just email us any citations of wanted articles that you cannot find elsewhere, and we hopefully will find them for you.

Andrew [email protected]
Polly [email protected]