The Epilepsy Foundation Library collection is a source of diverse information supporting a wide range of clients, including people with epilepsy, carers, children, medical and health professionals and the wider public with an interest in the epilepsy.
The collection comprises more than 2,600 books and audio visual materials, complete holdings of the major epilepsy-related journals plus extensive current information files containing articles on many subjects relating to both the study of epilepsy and living with epilepsy.
The librarian assists with all requests for information, including literature searches, whether made in person, by telephone, letter, email or website. The library has access to a wide range of journal articles through other libraries and via membership of the inter-library cooperative, Gratisnet.
Our Librarian, Pauline Brockett, regularly compiles a list of books
that have been produced for children and that we have in our library. On the list she provides a quick overview of the book to give an idea of its usefulness in talking to children about epilepsy. If you are a member of the Epilepsy Foundation you can borrow parts of the collection, many of them we offer for sale, click here
to download or print off for an order form. Some of these books can be ordered online at our online shop
Who may use the library?
The library is freely open to the public, although borrowing of materials is restricted to Epilepsy Foundation members and by arrangement with medical and other professionals. There are some reference items, which are only able to be used within the library.
While books are only available to current members of the Foundation, non-members may borrow videos and DVDs for a fee. Journals and items from the Current Information Files are not for loan. However, photocopying is available for a fee per page. A postal service is available for a fee to those unable to visit the library.
9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday
If making a trip for special information it is best to ring first to check that the librarian will be there.
Librarian: Pauline Brockett
Ph: 9805 9114
We aim to purchase all of the most relevant books, videos, DVDs, games, CD-ROMs and other appropriate resources to add to our current collection.
We have a wide range of materials suitable for a range of people including children, which answer many of the questions relating both to the condition and to the many issues associated with living with epilepsy.
In addition we hold an extensive collection of works of interest to members of the medical and other health professions.
The librarian is developing a special collection of books depicting the representation of epilepsy in literature. This may be accessed by typing the term Epilepsy – Literature in the Subject Field of the on-line catalogue via the following link:
Current information files
A number of journal alert services are scanned daily for the most recent articles dealing with both the social and medical aspects of epilepsy. Copies of abstracts or complete articles of selected works are circulated to staff and filed in ‘drop’ files where they are available for reference.
Subject headings of these files include:
Dogs – epilepsy
Drugs: AEDs: adverse effects
Drugs: AEDs: generics
Epilepsy in Media
Quality of life
Should you personally wish to keep up-to-date with current literature, you may wish to subscribe/ sign-up to the following free on-line alert services:
: the medical literature guide
The library holds almost complete holdings and current subscriptions to the following major epilepsy journals:
Epilepsia, V. 2 (1941) -
Epilepsy and behavior, V. 1 (2000) -
Lancet Neurology, V.2 (2001) -
Seizure, V. 1 (1992) -
Our journal collection also includes our own publications, Epilepsy Report and In Touch, plus journals of a number of other Epilepsy Associations.
We are an active member of the Health Librarians of Australia Co-operative Inter-Library Loans system, Gratisnet, through which we are freely able to obtain copies of required articles that are not held in our own library. In return, we provide the same service to requesting Libraries, particularly hospital libraries.
The Library catalogue is available for perusal on-line through the link:
Items may be searched by Subject, Title, Author, Medium and Date of Publication.
Although records are regularly added to our ‘in house’ catalogue the Web link is only updated every six months and is therefore not always a complete listing.
A small number of recommended books are offered for sale in the library bookshop. These can be ordered via our online shop or by downloading the form below..