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Doctors: Library Resources & Services: Home

This guide aims to provide information about the resources and services we provide which are particularly relevant for Doctors in all specialties

Accessing HSE Library Electronic Resources

Register for 24/7 access to our electronic resources using an OpenAthens account

An OpenAthens account facilitates your access to our electronic resources (e-books, databases, e-journals, tools etc.) both on and off the HSE network. A valid email address and your HSE employee number is required for registration.

You can access the electronic resources listed on our homepage using your OpenAthens username and password.

If you have moved to a new Hospital and need to move your OpenAthens account to your new place of work contact our Virtual Desk.

Access our Help and Guides to learn more about how to use our resource and register for a Training Session to learn more.

Library FAQs and Virtual Desk

Have a question about our Library services or resources?

Use our Virtual Desk to contact Library staff

Check out our Library FAQs or contact Library staff using the Virtual Desk.

Contact us

We value your feedback on our Guides. Please contact us via email or Twitter

New Resource Spotlight

    BMJ Case Reports Journal


BMJ Case Reports is a journal which provides cases in all disciplines and particularly around aspects of differential diagnosis, decision making, management, clinical guidelines and pathology.  It aims to provide easy access to clinically important information on common and rare conditions.

Our Library service is an Institutional Fellow of BMJ Case Reports. This enables staff and students within our institution to submit cases for publication without any additional charges being incurred. Please note that this does not include Open Access publication of a Case, which may incur an additional cost.  

Contact your Local Library for the fellowship code required as part of the submission process and learn more about how you can submit your case for publication within BMJ Case Reports. 

Overview of our Library Electronic Resources

National Centre for Clinical Audit (NCCA)

In April 2022 a National Centre for Clinical Audit (NCCA) was established. 

The NCCA was formed following on from the publication of the HSE National Review of Clinical Audit Report in 2019. It is responsible for implementing the report’s recommendations:

  • National Governance for Clinical Audit
  • Local Governance for Clinical Audit
  • Education and Training for Clinical Audit
  • Education and Training Resources for Clinical Audit
  • Legislative Changes affecting Clinical Audit

The NCCA Training and Education programme for Clinical Audit will be available in early Q2.2022, and will cover a range of virtual and in person training options including “Fundamentals in Clinical Audit” eLearning programme, Foundation in Clinical Audit, Advanced Clinical Audit and Train the Trainer. 

Request an Evidence Search

We provide a service for HSE staff to request a literature search for patient care, research and policy development purposes.

Submit a Research Request

A customised Covid-19 evidence search is also available

Submit a COVID-19 Evidence Request


Please note that this service is not provided for academic course work, but Library staff provide training on literature searching and the use of Library resources.

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