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Giving you easy searchability for a wealth of useful resources for your research



Searching for books and journals

To search for book and journal collections held in local NHS Wales libraries use the LibrarySearch and select the SearchAll@NHSWales search option.


To  search LibrarySearch, reserve and renew books, search for articles etc, you will need your library barcode number and password. If you do not have these, or for further information or assistance with access, please contact the library staff at your local library.

For guidance on signing in and resetting your password, please see our guidance sheet.

Please see these online help videos for further guidance:

Access to online resources via an OpenAthens log in

For access to resources from your personal computer or device, you will need an OpenAthens log in. OpenAthens gives you access to online resources subscribed to nationally by the NHS Wales eLibrary and locally by the Health Board Library Service. OpenAthens matches your Health Board to the corresponding eResources.


If you do not have one, you can register online. For any queries relating to OpenAthens, please contact your local library for assistance. 

Online Resources

Links to all the resources available to you, including Point of Care Tools, eLearning and Databases can be found on the eLibrary website. Resources are subscribed to at national and individual Health Board level. Contact your local library for further information regarding other Journals, Point of Care Tools and resources that are available to you. 

New Resources

If there is a resource you would like to suggest for procurement, please complete the online suggestion form.


Wales Information System for the Dissemination of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Midwifery Material. For further information, please see the WISDOM page.

Nursing Revalidation 

Further information and advice on revalidation is available on our website.

Databases & Clinical Decision Support Tools

You also have access to a wide range of Health related Databases and Clinical Decision Support Tools.


Your local NHS Wales Health Library will be able to guide you through the various tools you have access to at national level via the NHS Wales eLibrary and via your health board's Library Service.

All health board library services have now established access to Embase, Medline & PsycINFO via OVID, offering the different segment of content. The NHS Wales eLibrary offer access to these databases via Proquest.

Library & Knowledge Staff


Is the health library field the right career for me?

Library work is varied, stimulating and rewarding and there are a broad range of roles in the health sector ranging from traditional library to specialist knowledge management.

For all roles you will need to:

  • be an excellent communicator as you will be helping people both in person and online

  • have excellent IT skills as a large component of library roles involve using websites, databases, creating documents and dealing with IT issues

  • be able to work as part of a multidisciplinary team as well as having the ability to use your initiative.

To find out more, visit the Health Education and Improvement Wales page.


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