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Accessing Library Resources : Guides

Guides and tutorials to help you search and navigate the HSE Library online resources

So who can access our eLibrary resources?


  • Everyone in the Republic of Ireland can access resources available nationally, such as:
    • BMJ Best Practice
    • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 

People directly employed by the HSE can access a comprehensive set of resources as listed in the A-Z list. People employed by related organisations, such as certain section 38 bodies, can access selected resources depending on local agreements. Any staff member working in a Section 38/39 organisation who is interested in registering for a HSE Library Account should e-mail and a member of staff will determine your eligibility.

Access Policy for HSE Library services

HSE Employees

The HSE Library services are available to anyone employed by the HSE including; 

  • Current permanent or contract staff, seconded staff and agency staff working in a HSE Location 
  • Students on clinical placement
  • Retired HSE staff in receipt of a HSE pension 

Section 38 employees

S38 organisations (organisations in reciept of HSE funding) and Section 39 agencies (charities in receipt of HSE funding) are not automatically eligible for access to HSE Library resources.

The HSE Library has several online resources we are licenced to be able to extend to current Section 38 organisations*. Access is via IP access (onsite) only. These are; 

  • BMJ Best practice (this has been made openly available on the national IP so you can access now without username or password)
  • Proquest Health Research Premium database
  • Web of Science
  • Wiley’s medical & nursing collection.
  • Resource access to Section 39 agencies is on a case by case basis.

If you are a section 38 organisation and would like these resources to be available onsite in your location(s) please forward the IP range(s) for your site(s) to and we can arrange to activate onsite IP access.

Access to any addtional resources is available under negotiated collaborative agreement between your organisation and HSE Library (including annual fees for licence costs per resource).

A number of Section 38 organisations have agreements in already place. 

Full details of eligibility and membership are available HERE 




HSE Library, Health Service Executive. Dr. Steevens' Library, Dr. Steevens' Hospital, Dublin 8. D08 W2A8 Tel: 01-6352555/8. Email: