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In order to access all of our electronic resources listed below, you must have an OpenAthens username and password.

Athens is a secure portal that provides you with a username and password. 

All ESNEFT staff are entitled to sign up for an OpenAthens account. Having an NHS Athens username and password gives you the right to access the many and varied electronic resources such as the health databases, e-books and e-journals made available to you by the NHS.

To register for an Athens account, please click here.

Books and Journals

Our book and journal collections cover all aspects of healthcare and are supplemented by the book and journal collections of other NHS libraries in the East of England. Use the catalogue to search and request books from both the Trust and regional libraries. Search the Library catalogue here:  

To access our e-journals as well as the online databases, click here.

If you cannot find the book or journal you need, you can request it via our interlibrary loan service.

Renew your books online here.

Colchester Healthcare Library

A maximum of 8 books can be borrowed for 28 days. Up to 10 renewals are possible as long as nobody else has requested the book. 

Books can be borrowed and returned via the self-service machine in the Library. Books can also be returned to the blue book drop box on the pavement outside of the Postgraduate Medical Centre building.

Ipswich Library

A maximum of 8 books can be borrowed for 28 days.

During staffed hours books should be borrowed and returned via the library office.  Out of staffed hours books should be returned via the red secure return box outside of the library.


Healthcare Databases

To access the online Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) click here.  This provides you with access to the nationally purchased journals and databases. You are also able to access extra content which has been purchased by the library including MEDLINE Complete and CINAHL complete.

HDAS allows you to search databases including Medline, Embase, AMED, CINAHL and BNI. Training sessions on how to use the healthcare databases are available. Email Colchester OR Ipswich Library


KnowledgeShare is a targeted current awareness service which provides you with personalised updates relevant to your professional interests on a regular basis. The alerts include resources such as guidelines and systematic reviews along with selected journals. You choose how frequently you would like to receive updates.

All ACE and ESNEFT staff can have access to this service.

To join KnowledgeShare, fill in this application form and return to our secure email or directly to Colchester or Ipswich library. You need to have an OpenAthens account to use this service.

For more information visit the KnowledgeShare website or contact us:

Colchester Library:   

Ipswich Library: 


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Provides users with access to over 600 full text journals and more than 1000 eBooks. ClinicalKey is designed to provide you with clinically relevant answers.

Access via and sign in with your OpenAthens username and password.


UpToDate is an evidenced based point of care tool providing clinical knowledge support. Access via and sign in with your OpenAthens account.

We also have access to the UpToDate Anywhere App.  This gives you the ability to download the App to your mobile device. 

To do this: 

  • On a hospital computer access UpToDate via the intranet.
  • Click Register and fill in the online form.
  • Download the app onto your mobile device and login.

To retain access you must log in to UpToDate on a hospital PC every 90 days.

Oxford Handbooks Online

We have over 60 Oxford Handbooks available online. Visit and log in with your OpenAthens account. Select NHS England as your organisation.

Oxford Handbooks Online information leaflet.

Royal Marsden Manual

We have access to the 10th edition of the Royal Marsden Manual Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures online. Access via and log in with your OpenAthens account.

BMJ Best Practice

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​To access:

  1. Go to and click ‘Log In’ on the top right of the page.
  2. Select the ‘OpenAthens’ button and sign in with your OpenAthens account credentials. You will then be taken back to BMJ Best Practice.
  3. Once you have logged in to BMJ Best Practice, you can create a free personal account. Your personal account details will enable you to download the app.  
IT facilities

Colchester Healthcare Library

The library has 7 PCs which can be accessed 24/7 by all Colchester Hospital staff. 

We also have two study rooms with an additional 6 PCs for staff to use. These rooms are open Monday-Friday 9:00-16:30.

To use a computer staff need to login using their Trust username and password.

Printing, scanning and photocopying facilities are available. Colchester Library also has our own Wi-Fi.


Ipswich Library

The library has 7 open-access computers with a further 7 in our annex.

Printing is available at a cost of 4p per single-sided page and 6p per double-sided page.

Wireless access is available within the library via the Ipswich Hospital open Wi-Fi.

Clinical Librarian

Colchester Healthcare Library offers a Clinical Librarian Service. We can bring the library to you in your clinical or workplace setting.

Our Clinical Librarian can attend ward rounds, clinics, department meetings and any other relevant settings to help you deliver evidence-based practice.

Contact the library for more information on 01206 742146 or