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The Halley Stewart Library at St Christopher’s houses a comprehensive collection of material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement

About the Library

In breadth and depth, it provides users with a unique resource on:

  • clinical work
  • research
  • education and training
  • information for service users.

Individuals are welcome to use the library in a variety of ways:

  • by email
  • by phone
  • by letter
  • by appointment on a reference-only basis.

Library services

Services include:

  • searches on the in-house database of c15,000 items (books, articles and grey literature)
  • advice on locating current key literature on palliative care
  • information on key UK palliative care websites
  • information on making the best use of NHS Evidence resources
  • a blog on latest bereavement literature
  • a photocopying service.

Specific resources

Specific resources include:

  • over 5,000 books
  • pamphlet collection of approximately 5,000 items
  • over 40 journals, mainly specialist ones, on palliative care and bereavement
  • unpublished reports and theses
  • history of hospices and early material on palliative care
  • writings by and about Dame Cicely Saunders
  • publications by St Christopher’s staff

From the catalogue, very specific searches can be made available easily, eg:

  • conference proceedings
  • complicated grief
  • care homes and palliative care
  • information on Dame Cicely Saunders.

Information for the public

Whilst the library has an emphasis on assisting health professionals, it also provides information for the public who have a personal interest in this area or who are service users, eg:

  • books to help bereaved children and adults
  • young people undertaking projects

From the library catalogue:

Subject areas

The following provides just a few examples of the extent of subject coverage of the library –you can receive a selection of references on the following topics: 

  • Advance care planning
  • Around the time of death
  • Bereavement ( subject headings on this topic)
  • Co morbidity and complex problems
  • Professions within palliative care
  • Definitions within palliative care
  • Health promotion and death education in palliative care
  • Social care
  • Rehabilitation

St Christopher’s Hospice 

  • St Christopher’s staff publications 2012
  • Journals in the library
  • Book classification in the library

 Dame Cicely Saunders

  • Articles by Dame Cicely Saunders available online
  • Works by Dame Cicely Saunders in the library
  • Quotes from the work of Cicely Saunders
  • Items by Cicely Saunders in the library

Items from other sources

  • Key websites on palliative care
  • Useful subject headings when searching major database on palliative care
  • NHS Evidence

The bookshop

The Librarian is responsible for the Bookshop at St Christopher’s Hospice, which contains core publications on palliative care, mainly published in Great Britain.Various publications, available from the Bookshop and Library, give a full account of the history of this hospice and of its founder Dame Cicely Saunders.

The information in this section will be expanded over the coming months.

Library access

The Library service is available to staff and in-house students.

Anyone else who would like to visit the Library or Bookshop in person, is asked to first please contact the Library by email on

The Library is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday on a reference only basis.

The Librarian can provide advice and guidance on palliative care resources.

Selective literature searches from the in-house database can be provided for a small fee.

A limited photocopying service is also available for a fee.

More information

Contact the Library

020 8768 4656

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Contact the Library

020 8768 4656