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The Research Library

The Whitefield Research Library — previously known as the Turner Library — is a unique special education library offering a loan and reference service and help with accessing specialist information, serving our members locally, nationally and internationally.

Our comprehensive selection of books and journals cover many SEN, early years and educational related subjects including:

  • Disabilities
  • Curriculum
  • Educational management and teaching
  • Research
  • SEN Law
  • Psychology

Anyone can join our library on payment of an annual fee of £25. Parents of children at Whitefield Schools or Joseph Clarke School may become members for free.

Membership is available to individuals or organisations, but books are only loaned in person to individual members.

Library opening hours
Monday 9am - 5.30pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9am - 5.30pm
Friday 9am - 4.00pm

Contact details:

Telephone:  020 8498 4246.


Our Periodicals

Joining the library gives you access to a wide range of journals, listed below. We also hold a large number of articles from a wide range of other national and international journals. Online access to journals is via OpenAthens, log in here. If you don't have an OpenAthens account set up, and would like one — give us a call.  You can find the complete Whitefield OpenAthens user guide at the bottom of this page. 

ABLE Magazine 
Advances in Mental Health and Learning Disability
AFASIC  Newsletter
Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice


British Journal of Developmental Disabilities 
British Journal of Educational Psychology
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
British Journal of Music Therapy
British Journal of Special Education
British Journal of Visual Impairment

Child Abuse Review
Child: Care, Health and Development
Child Development
Child Development Perspectives
Child Language Teaching & Therapy
Children and Society
Children and Young People Now (National Children’s Bureau)
Climb Update
CPD Update
Current Awareness Bulletin (Turner Library)
Curriculum Management Update

Deafness and Education International
Disability and Society 
Downs Syndrome Association Journal 

Early Years Update
Education 3-13
Educational Action Research
Educational Psychology in Practice
Educational Research
Education Review (NUT)
Emotional & Behavioural Difficulties
Equals: Primary Mathematics
Equals: Realising potential in mathematics for all
European Journal of Special Needs Education
EYE (Early Years Educator)

Good Autism Practice
Guardian Education Supplement

International Journal of Inclusive Education
International Journal of Language &
     Communication (NAS)

Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs

Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

National Children's Bureau 
Nursery World

Play Today
PMLD (Mencap)
Pre-school Learning Alliance (under 5 magazine)
Protecting Children Update

Reading and Writing Quarterly  
RNIB New Literature

School Leadership Today
School Psychology International
SENCO Update
SLD Experience
Social & Emotional Learning Update
Special! (NASEN)
Special Children
Speech and Language Therapy in Practice
Support for Learning (NASEN)

Talking SENSE
Times Educational Supplement
Times Higher Education


Newsletters and resources

Want to keep in touch with newly aquired books and periodicals? Grab a copy of our Research Library Update below, or subscribe. It is published each month and contains the contents pages of all new journals received and a list of all new books that are available in the library. You will also find details and blurb of our feature book of the month.