UCL Library Services


Resources and Services for NHS Staff

NHS members of staff are entitled to borrow up to 15 books at one time from any of our UCL Library sites. Our biomedical  collections are situated across our substantial teaching hospital libraries at the Royal Free, UCLH and Whittington campuses of the UCL Medical School, as well as a number of specialist biomedical libraries (please check individual library web pages for further details about local access arrangements). Additional historical medical materials are held by these libraries and by Library Services' Special Collections.

Services available across all library sites include:

  • Photocopying
  • IT facilities
  • Guest wifi
  • Interlending and document supply

Additional services may be available at your home library. Please see individual library site pages for more information.


A large number of electronic resources are available via a personal NHS OpenAthens account, allowing NHS staff to access resources from anywhere with an Internet connection. Additional electronic resources are available for in-library access from UCL Libraries.

NHS OpenAthens registration

Who can register?

Any member of staff working within the NHS may register for a personal NHS OpenAthens account online using the registration form available.

Alternatively, NHS staff may refer to the NHS OpenAthens administrator at their local library for further information. If forgotten, NHS OpenAthens passwords can be reset.

UCL Medical Students are entitled to a student NHS OpenAthens account providing access to NHS England core content resources. When students are on placement or attachment with an NHS organisation in England they may register for a personal NHS OpenAthens account providing access to additional local content.

Electronic resources available using an NHS OpenAthens account

A range of electronic resources are accessible with a personal NHS OpenAthens account from NICE Evidence Search.

Evidence Search provides access to several collections of guidelines and evidence based reviews, as well as medical images and medicines resources, including the apps for the British National Formulary and the British National Formulary for Children.

Evidence Search also provides access to the following databases:

Embase, HMIC, AMED, British Nursing Index, Medline, CINAHL Full Text, PsycARTICLES, PsycINFO, and the ProQuest Hospital Collection. Full text electronic journal collections include Health Business Elite. Additionally available is a healthcare ebook collection.

For information about additional resources available at your local Trust, please contact your nearest UCL home library.

UCL-procured electronic resources supporting the NHS

A significant number of resources are licensed through UCL Library Services that are accessible using a personal NHS OpenAthens account, directly from the desktop at your workplace or at home.

These currently include:

Resources from the BMJ Publishing Group, including:

YourJournals@Ovid resources, including:

  • Lippincott journals Around 250 titles are available though this route. All are current subscriptions, with no embargo.


Nearly 90 ebooks are accessible through Books@Ovid, including titles such as: 5-minute Infectious Diseases Consult, 5-minute Pediatric Consult, Acid Related Diseases, Bonica’s Management of Pain, Essentials of Otolaryngology, Managing Allergy, Otitis Media in Infants and Children, Rang’s Children’s Fractures.

Oxford Medicine Online ebook collection

Over 700 Oxford Handbooks and Textbooks, as well as additional ebook titles, including the Oxford Handbook for the Foundation Programme, the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, the Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry and the Oxford Textbook of Public Health.

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

120+ ebook titles, including Cardiology Core Curriculum, Clinical Risk Management, Clinical Trials, Dewhurst's Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Postgraduates, How to Read a Paper, Lecture Notes on Psychiatry, Medical Statistics at a Glance, Principles and Practice of Clinical Virology, Systematic Reviews in Health Care.

Emcare (Ovid)

Indexes over 3,700 journals back to 1995, covering all nursing specialties and nursing healthcare professions. The database includes international coverage and unique content not found in other nursing and allied health databases, including more than a thousand journals not covered by Embase.

Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

Database providing access to a large number of health and psychological tests and scales.

IOS Press journals

Access for NHS staff has been made available as a licence extension to existing UCL subscriptions to a collection of 105 IOS Press journals, approximately 50% of which are biomedical. These include titles as diverse as: Advances in Neuroimmune Biology; Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation; Human Antibodies; The International Journal of Risk and Safety in Medicine; Journal of Parkinson's Disease; Pharmaceuticals Policy and Law; Physiotherapy Practice and Research. Currently only for Trusts that can provide IP access: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedics Hospitals NHS Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments)

Currently only for Trusts that can provide IP access: Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospitals NHS Trust, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Oxford University Press journals collection

Around 80 titles from OUP. All are current subscriptions, with no embargo.

MA Healthcare Journals

Access to the full collection of healthcare journals is available with an NHS OpenAthens ID, including the following titles: British Journal of Healthcare Assistants, British Journal of Healthcare Management, British Journal of Hospital Medicine, British Journal of Nursing, International Journal of Ophthalmic Practice, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, Journal of Renal Nursing and Practice Nursing.


Access is available to the Thieme journals and ebooks collections (2000-2015) including the following titles: Facial Plastic Surgery, Hormone and Metabolic Research, Seminars in Hearing, Seminars in Liver Disease, Journal of Neurological Surgery, Seminars in Plastic Surgery, Seminars in Speech and Language, Zeitschrift für Gastroenterologie.

In-library access to UCL’s electronic resources

NHS library members can access the full range of licensed UCL Library Services electronic journals from dedicated computers (Explore Access Points) located within UCL libraries. Over 40,000 full-text electronic journal titles are available, a significant proportion of which are medical and healthcare related.

UCL's electronic books may also be accessed through the Explore Access Points. To see which ones are available search Explore, limit the search to Library catalogue and follow the SFX@UCL links.

A number of databases and full-text e-resources (over and above those available via NHS OpenAthens) are also available for searching from the Explore Access Points, including:

  • Best Practice
  • Biosis
  • Scopus
  • Social Policy and Practice
  • Web of Science

*Note: Users may save copies of documents to their own unencrypted USB storage device (devices using encrypted software cannot be used on Explore Access Point computers). Printing is not currently possible from the Explore Access Points, although users may find that printing is provided from other computers at their local library.