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NHS: OpenAthens

Subjects: Medicine


This guide is intended for staff in Oxford University Hospitals Trust. Use this guide to find out about library resources. 

Please also visit our website for information about library services:


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Welcome to the Bodleian Health Care Libraries' guide for NHS staff to using electronic resources. 

To use this guide, click on the tabs above to select the topic

  • This page covers how to get access to the electronic resources through your OpenAthens account
  • If you are looking for a particular article or list of articles, use the Journals tab
  • If you want to search for articles on a topic, then you should click on the Databases tab
  • You have access to books and ebooks - use the Books tab to find out more
  • Need an image to illustrate a PowerPoint or document? Try the Images tab for access.
  • On the go? Use an app to help you. See the Clinical Resources tab

If you need any help, please contact us.

Your key for access to library resources

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NHS OpenAthens (previously called Athens) is the single username and password for nearly all the library resources purchased for NHS staff.  You can find more details of the resources throughout the pages of this subject guide.

The key links on this page will allow you register, update details and check on the different resources available to you.

Registration is straight forward using the online form:

  • complete your details
  • click the link in the resulting email
  • select a password.  

Registration is best carried out on an NHS PC to ensure you are recognised as being eligible but you can also register from any PC provided  that you use your NHS email address.

You can log in using your email address rather than the username but do retain your username in case you need to reset your password (3rd option in the list).

If you have difficulties with your OpenAthens login you should contact

If you need assistance with electronic resources then contact

Keeping up to date

For information on our current awareness services, please see the guide to keeping up to date

OpenAthens key links

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Most OpenAthens tasks can be carried out online but if you get stuck you can always contact

We have two helpsheets to show you how to access resources using OpenAthens