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Introduction to HSE Library Services: Home

Introduction to HSE Library Services

Welcome to HSE Library Services

Learn how to access HSE library books and electronic resources, use our e-Library to research a specific topic, find a specific journal or articles and learn more about our Point of Care clinical decision making tools. 

Access is provided via our website and homepage

We are dedicated to helping you find material to support your clinical work, evidence-based practice, patient care, PPPGs and research during your time in the health service.

The National Health Library and Knowledge Service (NHLKS) is made up of a national team of librarians and library staff. We work to ensure that the best possible research and evidence underpins decision making and advances patient care in the health service. 



In order to access the HSE Library's electronic resources, you must have an OpenAthens account. 







'OpenAthens' is a one-stop shop to the wide range of electronic resources provided by the National Health Library & Knowledge Service. These include electronic books, electronic journals, bibliographic databases and point-of-care tools.

Having an OpenAthens account means that a single login will unlock all our electronic resources. 

Register for an OpenAthens account

HSE Library - Training


Our Information Skills team provide training on the use of our: 

  • resources, databases, journals and tools to support patient care, research and education    

Regular training sessions are available covering:

  • Induction for HSE staff on the healthcare library resources and services

  • Guidance on searching specific databases, such as CINAHL, Medline and PsycINFO

  • Performing a systematic literature search

What our attendees said about the training:

"The trainer was very knowledgeable and experienced."

"Long enough to impart information and short enough to engage."

Online Training

Online Training Events

Check our Events calendar to find out about upcoming scheduled training sessions.

Contact the Information Skills Team to organise a training session.

Training News

Follow us on Twitter @hselibrary  using our hashtag #hseInfoskills for more information about our training. 

Have a Question ?

Contact our HSE Library Virtual Desk for further help and support. 

Current Virtual Desk Hours

Monday–Friday 11.00-13.00 p.m.; 15.00-16.00 p.m. 

When unstaffed, you can still log a message with us and we will respond by email. 

The Virtual reference desk is for HSE STAFF & authorised users. A list of authorised users of the HSE library is available HERE   

National Health Library & Knowledge Service. Health Service Executive. Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. Tel: 01-6352555/8. Email: