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Supporting learning and practice with digital access to social care books

Give your teams their own virtual social care library

We know it’s rare these days for practitioners to have access to books in the workplace, but we believe they’re a key resource for learning and development.

A subscription to The Bookshelf provides unlimited virtual access to best-selling, high quality social care books from Pavilion Publishing, Critical Publishing, SAGE Publications, and others.

40+ books

on key social care topics

RRP £1.2k+

value of books as of September 2023


access for your team, 24/7

A subscription to CareKnowledge with The Bookshelf gives your users:

  • Unlimited access to expert, evidence-based information across the whole spectrum of social work practice
  • Twice-weekly email updates bringing new and recently published information straight to staff inboxes, and an optional weekly mental health email
  • Exclusive multimedia resource sets containing audio and video, outlined learning objectives, and facilitator guidelines for using the content as the basis of an in-house training session
  • Unlimited access to The Bookshelf (RRP over £1,200)

Need digital access to social care books for your team without CareKnowledge membership? 

We can offer a standalone multiuser subscription to The Bookshelf.

Contact CareKnowledge Business Manager Debbie Tate by phone on 07826 870287, or via email at, for a quote.

To find out more about how a subscription can help your organisation, contact Debbie Tate by phone on 07826 870287, or via email at

Frequently asked questions

Can my organisation subscribe to The Bookshelf without a CareKnowledge subscription?

Yes. Drop CareKnowledge Business Manager Debbie Tate a line at letting her know how many users you need access for, and she'll give you a custom quote.

Can I give my library users access to The Bookshelf via IP address, OpenAthens, or Shibboleth?

Yes. We can offer academic libraries access using any of these authentication methods, for both The Bookshelf and CareKnowledge.

I'm a member of The Bookshelf. Will I be able to access the books when my membership ends?

Access to the books on The Bookshelf is for the duration of your membership, and will end automatically when your membership expires.

I found a book I'm interested in on the Pavilion Publishing website, but it's not on The Bookshelf. Can you add it?

Possibly! Get in touch with your account manager if you're a member, or with CareKnowledge Business Manager Debbie Tate on if not, and we'll look into it for you.

Do you have a list of books coming to The Bookshelf in the future?

You can view a current list of titles coming soon here. Additional titles are added to this list as they're confirmed.

I'm interested in these books, but I'd prefer hard copies. Can I get them in print?

The Bookshelf is a digital-only subscription. However, as a member you'll have access to a discount code to purchase print copies at a reduced price, if you prefer.