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

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

National Ebook Collection


We have recently acquired an extensive National Ebook Collection from ProQuest., which includes books of relevance to doctors.

An OpenAthens username and password is required to use this collection. 

Learn more about how to access this collection using our Guide. 

ClinicalKey Ebooks

ClinicalKey is a medical search engine and database tool owned by the scientific publishing company Elsevier.

The ClinicalKey ebooks package is directed mainly at doctors. It features 1000+ acclaimed textbooks covering 40 medical specialties, including Gray’s Anatomy for StudentsPrinciples and Practice of Surgery and Medical Physiology

To use the ebook collection in ClinicalKey you must have an OpenAthens account and set up a personal ClinicalKey account.

Steps required to set up your personal ClinicalKey account (required to use App):

  • Go to click ‘Login’ and look for ‘OpenAthens login’. Login with your OpenAthens username and password
  • If your Hospital name appears in the top right of the screen instead of your own name, select ‘Activate’ to create your personal account
  • Complete form - select Register
  • Download the ClinicalKey App, selecting Global and then ClinicalKey from the menus.
  • Open the App, scroll down to ‘OpenAthens login’ and enter your OpenAthens username and password to log in.

More information about the ClinicalKey ebook collection is available here.

HSE Library Catalogue

We provide a National Book Catalogue which allows you to search the book collection (both print and electronic) in all HSE Library Sites around the country.

Register to borrow books from our print collection by completing this registration. Please note that you if you have borrowed books with a HSE Library site recently that you may still be on our Library Management System. Please contact your Local Library staff to renew your access or advise that you are now working in a new hospital, so that your record can be updated.

We also provide an extensive ebook collection. Medical and surgical textbooks are available in our ProQuest National Ebook Collection and in ClinicalKey using your OpenAthens username and password.


Borrowbox Health and Wellbeing ebooks and audiobooks

We provide a large collection of ebooks and audiobooks on health and wellbeing.

This includes books on stress, mindfulness, parenting and health conditions.

Learn how to set up your Borrowbox account.

Print books in our Collection

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