Remote Access

*** The Library is now offering a virtual service ***

The Library is now closed to the public but staff can still access the physical collection at the present time.  Staffed hours are likely to be reduced.  This may change, so please follow any notices posted.  Please see below for current advice on how to access all our services:

Journals & Databases: NHS Core content is unaffected.  Please access journals via Journals A-Z using your OpenAthens credentials to log in.  Please access Databases (including HDAS) on the Journals and Databases tab on the NICE website.

Literature searches:  You can request a Literature Search by emailing us at or via KnowledgeShare.  (Log in to KnowledgeShare and click Evidence > Request an Evidence Search)

Document Supply: Please request by emailing us on All journal articles will be supplied electronically.  There may be some limits on availability of some journal articles.

Evidence Updates and Current Awareness:

To sign up to KnowledgeShare please fill in this form and email to or apply on the KnowledgeShare website

We also distribute a number of subject specific current awareness and evidence update bulletins.  Please email to sign up to these.

Please also see our Netvibes pages for RSS feeds of journal Table of Contents and links to information resources; Oliveira Medical Evidence Update, Oliveira Healthcare Update, and Oliveira Mental Health.

Medical staff may also wish to follow the #FOAMed pages on the intranet and the ED Ward Round blog.

Point of Care tools: BMJ Best Practice and Dynamed are unaffected.  Please access via Web-Based Systems, online using OpenAthens, or via your mobile device.

OpenAthens: If you haven't signed up for OpenAthens you can do so here.  Please email if you have any problems.

Training: IT Skills Training is available online by following the link on Web-Based Systems, email for more details.  Literature search training is available online at eLearning for Healthcare, and one-to-one sessions can be made available via zoom.  Please email for more information or to book a session.

Book Loans & Inter-Library Loans: We are still able to loan books from our own collection but Inter-Library Loans of books are no longer available.  Self-issue slips will be made available out-of-hours and during the day if staff are unavailable.  Notices will be posted here, on Twitter and in the library should the library be required to close its physical collection. You can request renewals by emailing us on Please ignore any emails regarding overdue books as we do not fine. 

Computers and Printing:  The library computer room remains open at the present time and can be accessed 24hrs with the hospital door code.  Generic logins are available during the day for Bank Staff who don't have a Trust Staff Login.

Help and Assistance: The library staff are still working but may not be physically present in the library.  Please email us on or message us on twitter @IOWNHSLibrary with your contact details and we will do our best to assist you.  You can also phone the library on 01983 534519.


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