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OpenAthens is a gateway to a range of e-Resources which are exclusively available to NHS staff and students to access over the internet.


Books & e-Books

Databases & Specialist Resources



OpenAthens Accounts (NHS England OpenAthens)

OpenAthens is a gateway to a range of e-Resources (healthcare databases and e-Journal articles) which are exclusively available to NHS staff and students to access over the internet. You need to create an OpenAthens account which you can then use to login to these e-Resources.

With OpenAthens you can find evidence and information to support patient care and your own studies or personal development whenever you need to. The e-Resources are available for you whenever you want to use them, at work or at home.


Creating your OpenAthens account

  • To create your own OpenAthens account you must be logged onto an NHS computer.
  • You can then create your account at OpenAthens registration.
  • It is important that you select the correct information from the drop down boxes, to identify the organisation that employs you.
  • Once you submit your registration, you will receive an automated email from OpenAthens. This will contain an activation link.
  • Click on the link to activate your OpenAthens account and set your password.
  • Your new OpenAthens account will be ready to use within a few minutes.

If you experience any problems or need assistance with registering, please contact us using details on the Our Libraries page.


e-Resources available through OpenAthens

Go to our Resources page to see what's available under e-Resources (databases, specialist resources, e-Journals and e-Books).

You will also find information on how to search for journals through our Journal Listing (Full Text Finder).


OpenAthens login problems

If you have an NHS OpenAthens account but have forgotten your log-in details:

  • Go to the MyAthens home page.
  • Click on the login icon and select the  Forgotten your Password option.
  • Enter your email address and select next.
  • You will be sent an email message containing a link to reset your password.

If you need further assistance with your OpenAthens account, please contact the Library Services team.

OpenAthens Registration Form


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