OpenAthens is your key to accessing a wide range of quality health and social care online information and resources including: databases, e-journals and e-books. OpenAthens accounts are freely available to NHS staff in England and you can use your account to access the resources from anywhere via the internet.
KGH staff can self-register for an account at:
When registering you should use your @nhs.net email to confirm your eligibility.
Once you have created an account, you can manage your account details (e.g., change your password, organisation or email address) in the hub area of your account.
If you have forgotten your password, you can reset it here
If you have any queries regarding OpenAthens please contact us at
Knowledge and Library Hub
You must log in with your OpenAthens account in order to see the full list of results.
The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub allows you to search across our library catalogue, journal subscriptions and other library resources. Use this search box to find books, e-books, articles and much more.
Clinical Decision Support Tools
BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool, uniquely structured around the patient consultation, with advice on symptom evaluation, tests to order and treatment approach. Access to BMJ Best Practice is provided by Health Education England to all NHS staff in England.
DynaMed is a clinical decision support tool that combines the most current clinical evidence with guidance from leading experts and a user-friendly, personalized experience. with DynaMed, clinicians can find answers to questions at the point-of-care at unprecedented speed.
To find out more go to our Clinical Decision Support Tool Page
Books | eBooks
Members have access to a high-quality collection of print and electronic books, that are constantly updated in line with user recommendations and the release of new editions. We aim to cover the requirements of all those employed in the trust and so while our collection is primarily clinically focused, we do also offer books on topics ranging from customer care to sociology. Our ‘Reading Well’ collection also offers books on healthy lifestyles, stress management and personal effectiveness.
To search for hard copy books you can use The Hub search on our landing page, or search our catalogue directly. With 250,000 books to choose from across the HeLM (Health Libraries Midlands) consortium, there should be something suitable.
You must be a member of the library to borrow a book. You can check to see if we have the title you need on the library catalogue and whether it is available. Log in to reserve items currently on loan or to request books from other HeLM libraries. Please contact the library team if you need any help with this. We also have a book return box, so returning a book is easy.
Can’t find what you are looking for? We can also borrow books from other NHS libraries on your behalf. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please fill in the book request form. To recommend a book for the collection, email the team.
To search for ebooks please search our discovery platform and log in using your OpenAthens login details. Use the limiters on the left-hand side of the results page, under ‘Source Type’ to limit to ‘eBooks’.
Some of our ebook collections can only be accessed via the publisher’s webpages.
Our library has e-books covering a large selection of multidisciplinary medical subjects from industry-leading publishers, all with a user-friendly search experience and a simple chapter download process.
We have some titles on the Kortext platform
Books can be viewed online, or downloaded to mobile devices for up to 14 days at a time. Visit our guide to downloading e-books for more information.
Articles & Databases
You can find article records using the publisher’s search interfaces.
Some databases, such as Medline, are available via a number of publisher interfaces. Publisher interfaces are useful to searchers carrying out more complex and detailed searches, either for the purposes of systematic reviews or guideline production.
Links to the publisher interfaces can be found on the A-Z Databases page under each database’s entry.
Knowledge and Library Service librarians can provide training on how to carry out searches using a native interface, please contact us or visit our evidence searching guide for more information.
Articles using DOI or PMID
If you have an article’s DOI address or PubMed PMID then use LibKey.io below to find a full text pdf of the article using the search box below. LibKey.io takes you from the search box to the article PDF in one click eliminating all the confusion around navigating publisher websites searching for links to read the full text or PDF’s.
Access to our journals is online. You can browse all our electronic titles using BrowZine.
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BrowZine allows you to search, read, and monitor your favourite journals, making it easier to keep up to date with the latest research in your area of practice.
Browse the collection now for your favourite journals using the BrowZine search function.
KGH Library has an extensive collection of educational board games which can be used during team days, training sessions, and to gain CPD credits.
You can play one-on-one or in teams, and all of our games encourage discussion throughout the game. Gameplay takes 30-45 minutes, but we can adjust this to suit you. We can also help you facilitate your first game. For a full listing of games visit our dedicated Board Games guide.
For information on where you can find wellbeing resources, please see our wellbeing pages here.