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Psychosocial & Psychoanalytic Studies

The Psychosocial & Psychoanalytic subject guide gives you access to useful library databases and trusted Web resources, relevant for researching many topics in psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychosocial studies


After looking at reference sources (Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias) to gain an understanding of concepts and terminology, you can research further & extend your knowledge further by using relevant books. All library books, print and electronic, are listed in our online catalogue.

Print books relevant to psychoanalytic studies are scattered throughout the Library, depending on their subject focus,  but many of the most relevant titles may be found at classmarks BF & RC on Floor 2 and on Floor 1 (in the Student Collection of 7-Day Loan books). Use the guides at the end of each row to help you browse, but a very brief summary of some sections is as follows:

BF                 Psychoanalysis (Theory)
BF 109              Analysts, biography & criticism (A/Z by surname of person)
BF 109.F7         Freud
BF 109.J8         Jung
BF 173-175       Psychoanalysis
BF 173.A1         Freud & Jung collected works
BF 315               Subconscious
BF 721-723        Child psychology, psychiatry, psychoanalysis

RC 435-473       Psychiatry. Mental health
RC 475-499       Therapy
RC 500-574       Psychoanalysis. Neuroses. Syndromes & conditions

RJ 500-507        Child mental health. Syndromes, conditions & treatments

HV 3004-3008   Sociology of mental health

Handbooks can be useful starting points, as they summarise research & the literature on a topic and its subfields. You can search the library catalogue using the keyword "handbook" plus your topic keywords. In the social sciences, the Library subscribes to the Oxford Handbooks Online series.

For 2021/22 the Library has 12 month access to over 1200 ebooks published by Routledge across the subject areas of Counselling, Psychoanalysis, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Jung & Analytical Psychology, and Trauma Studies. A list of these titles is available through the library website, and you can also search by keyword in library search and limit to Library Location:  "Online resource (PPS EBA collection 2021)" . At the end of the period the Library will retain access in perpetuity to the most heavily used titles from this collection.

Older books are often out of copyright and open access versions may be found on the Web. The Wellcome Institute Library has also digitised many important historic works relevant to psychoanalysis & mental health.

Most books particularly relevant to your studies will be recommended on the reading lists for your course modules, but the following are some biographies and general introductory titles (all available electronically) which make useful background reading.   

Classic Works


A wide range of academic presses publish in psychoanalysis and related fields. Probably the major publisher is Routledge and you can search their titles in psychoanalysis, Jungian psychology, counselling, trauma, psychotherapy, etc.

Psychoanalysis also has a number of specialist publishers. These may offer popular titles, academic books, or a mixture. Some of the best known include:

Chiron Publications well-established US-based Jungian publisher associated with Murray Stein among others

Confer Books (including the well known Karnac imprint, acquired in 2020)

Free Association Books important outlet of long-standing

Phoenix Publishing established 2018, independent publisher of books on mental health from a psychoanalytic perspective

If there is a book you need for your research that isn't available in the library catalogue, you can suggest it for purchase using the Purchase Suggestion Form