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LibrarySkills@UCL for NHS staff

A guide to information literacy and library skills for NHS staff from Trusts supported by UCL Library Services, to inform clinical practice, study and research.

Accessing resources

There are several ways in which NHS staff at UCL's associated NHS Trusts can access information and resources such as electronic articles, electronic books and databases.

  • NHS OpenAthens - registration is free and available to all NHS staff in England. For information about additional resources available at your local Trust, please contact your nearest UCL home library.
  • UCL-procured electronic resources supporting the NHS - A significant number of resources licensed through UCL Library Services are accessible using a personal NHS OpenAthens account, directly from the desktop at your workplace or at home.
  • In-library access to UCL's electronic resources - NHS library members can access the full range of licensed UCL Library Services electronic journals from dedicated computers (Explore Access Points) located within UCL libraries.
  • Interlending and document supply - If unable to visit the library, NHS library members can request electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters which are normally only available onsite via the UCL Library Explore Access Points, to be emailed directly to them. If required items are not available within the UCL collections NHS library members can use our Interlending and Document Supply service to request them.

For more information on NHS library services at UCL, please see