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library services

Library facilities, computer access and RiO

To learn about our library facilities see our library services page.


This is a co-operative venture between higher education libraries which enables placement students to borrow materials from other libraries.  Oxford Brookes, South Bank and Brunel University libraries are all members of this scheme which will allow you to register with Kingston University library. For Further details please visit

Reading and Internet resources

We have compiled a recommended reading and Internet resources list for students, which will help them to prepare for placements. We are aware that for many students this is their first and possibly only mental health placement, so in order to get the most out of the experience please discuss with your educator which pre-placement reading they would advise.  We have divided the list into three main categories:

  • General mental health
  • Clinical area specific e.g. eating disorders
  • Occupational therapy and mental health

 To avoid confusion and any difficulty obtaining resources, as far as possible, we have included books that are already on the University reading lists.

Computer Access

Once you have a library card you will be able to use the computers in the Springfield, Tolworth and St George's  libraries.  The computer helpdesk in St George's library will advise you on user numbers and passwords.

Students may use their Personal Athens Passwords at the library to access relevant databases.  These will be issued by the students University Library. E.g. Brunel, Oxford Brookes.  If a student does not have a  database password St George's Library can issue a generic one which will allow access to the databases whilst using the computers in the library.

Prior to the placement your practice placement educator will arrange for you to be registered with the Trust IT Department to give you access to the computers in your work area.  Before using the Trust's online system  it is essential that you read the following policies: