Knowledge & Library Services

Access knowledge and library services...

What we offer...

Across the North East and North Cumbria you can find a network of health libraries supporting staff and students with access to knowledge and evidence.
Library resources

The NHS purchases a wide range of print and electronic library resources. NHS England funds a core collection of journals, e-books and databases which are accessible to all NHS staff. These are supplemented with more specialist resources by local NHS library services.

Online access is managed through the NHS OpenAthens system. NHS employees and employees of organisations contracted to provide NHS care are eligible to register for an OpenAthens account for free. By selecting the organisation you work for at registration will determine the resources you can access. For example, if you work for the Integrated Care Board (ICB), type: ICB North East and you should find a corresponding organisation.

Most North East and North Cumbria NHS libraries share a regional library catalogue. This means you can register once and access books from NHS libraries across our region. To register or request other library support, contact your nearest NHS health library by searching the Health Library and Information Service Directory.

To access e-books, e-journals and other electronic resources use the Knowledge and Library Hub search box at the bottom of this page. Your OpenAthens account will provide access to the full text of resources. Find out more about the Knowledge and Library Hub.

Range of resources for specific professions and specialisms
Stay informed

You can keep up-to-date with the latest publications and research by signing up to different themed current awareness bulletins relating to workforce, education and training.

Check out if your organisation can use the Knowledge Share service a personalised current awareness service which alerts you to high impact documents in your subject area.

Online training modules
If you’d like to enhance your skills in information-related subjects try the following:

Health literacy

The North East and Yorkshire has a community of practice for staff interested in health literacy.

To find out more about health literacy, including how you can access training and resources, please visit our health literacy page.

Access print and electronic library resources through the
NHS OpenAthens system:

Access books through the North East and North Cumbria regional library catalogue:

Access e-books, e-journals and other electronic resources using the Knowledge and Library Hub search box below:

Searching: Health and Care Evidence


Pemberton House, Colima Avenue Sunderland Enterprise Park Sunderland, SR5 3XB

Copyright ©

Join our movement...

Sign up for our latest news, events, opportunities, and to connect with us
Skip to content