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Tomlinsons “The Book Service”

Founded in 1983 as Tomlinson Book Service; specialising in Medical, Nursing and all Allied Health books, the philosophy then, as it is today, was the Customer is the most important person. It's our fundamental aim to answer ALL enquiries, respond to questions immediately and supply orders accurately and quickly, ensuring that we will grow with our reputation.

Today, we are one of the largest suppliers of books to Medical Libraries and Hospitals in the United Kingdom . We are still growing and have a very contented workforce, most of whom have been with us for many years. It's their vast experience that underpins our service.

We also jointly share the NHS Purchasing Agency contract for the supply of books.

Electronic Trading

Tomlinsons are fully committed to BIC's objectives in championing the use of electronic trading in the books industry; whether this be through the use of EDI, XML or E-mail.

It is our mission to work towards the central objectives of “E-day” (web link), aiming to provide all the data interchanges that our customers require of us. This includes orders, acknowledgements, invoices and advanced shipping notices.

All of our EDI message standards are based upon those in the “EDITEUR” standards for Library supply, and Tomlinsons is an active proponent of standardisation across the supply chain. EDITEUR message standards can be found here

If you require any further information on Electronic trading in any guise, or would like to discuss setting up an interchange with us, then please contact us or e-mail us at