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Guide to Library Resources and Services for Doctors (Medical and Surgical): Home

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

Library FAQs and Virtual Desk

Have a question about our Library services or resources?

Check out our Library FAQs 

Or contact Library staff using the Virtual Desk

Request an Evidence Search

We provides 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.

Visit our Training page to learn more about how to access this service or contact your local Library for further information.

Accessing HSE Library Electronic Resources

Welcome to HSE Library

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.

Video overview of our services and resources for Doctors

Overview of our Library Electronic Resources

HSE ELibrary Resources January 2021


Covid-19 Restrictions

HSE Library sites will be reopening on a phased basis from May 10th following a temporary closure in light of Level 5 COVID-19 restrictions.

Contact your local Library to learn more about the services and resources we provide. 

Visit the HSE Library Virtual Desk for help and support.

Contact us


This guide was created by Maura Flynn and members of the Information Skills Team.

We value your feedback on our Guide.

Please contact us with any comments and suggestions.

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