What is ATHENS?
ATHENS is an access control management system which allows you to
access a wide variety of electronic resources purchased for you
by your institution. Your username identifies you as a registered
member of your institution to the resource you are trying to access.
The ATHENS system is used by higher education, the NHS and other
institutions across the world. Thus, many resources provide an ATHENS
logon from their homepage. However, if your institution has not subscribed
to the resource, you will not be able to access it, even if it
provides an ATHENS logon. The databases, e-journals and e-books pages
give details of the resources available via UCL or the NHS.
Access to electronic resources for UCL staff and students
Access to ATHENS protected resources for
UCL staff and students is via
ATHENS LA. Users should use their IS computer account details
to login to these resources. Further details are available on the Library
The IS computer account is NOT the same as your MEDSCH/RFC logon.
Every UCL student and member of staff (including those with honorary
UCL contracts) automatically receive a computer account from central
IS and it is the details of this account that you need. Many staff on the
Royal Free Campus may not use this username and password and many
be unaware that they have one. Therefore a variety of methods have
been set up for you to find out what they are.
- You can go to the CCS Help Desk, lower ground floor, where
the staff can telephone IS and ask for your account to be reset.
They will then be able to give you your username and password once
this has been confirmed. This must be done in person and you will
need to take some form of photographic ID with you, such as your
UCL photocard or your hospital ID.
- You can go to the IS helpdesk,
situated in the basement of the Lewis's Building, on the corner
of Gower Street and Gower Place (see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/is/helpdesk/ for more information and a map). You will need to take your UCL
photocard with you.
ATHENS for NHS staff
On joining the library, staff of the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust
will be sent their NHS ATHENS username and password via interoffice
mail. Alternatively, if you log in to an NHSNet PC, or enter an NHS email address in your registration details, you
may self-register. To do this:
- Go to https://register.athensams.net/nhs/nhseng/
- Enter your registration details:
- You will need to enter the Trust for which you work. If browsing for your Trust, please note that the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust is part of the North Central
area of the London SHA.
- Remember to enter an NHS email address if you are not on an NHSNet computer.
- Click on Submit
Please ask at the library Issue Desk if you have any queries.
This page last modified
12 October, 2009
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