What is OpenAthens?

It is an authentication system that acts as a key to unlock access to resources for eligible health and care staff.

An NHS OpenAthens account gives access from any device, to NHS-funded:

  • online books
  • journals
  • databases
  • evidence sources
  • e-learning.

This includes resources purchased nationally for all staff and any additional resources purchased locally by employer organisations.

Access is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Once you have an account, the best place to start your search is the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub. This gives you a single place to start your search across a range of resources for your work, professional development, study and research.

How to register for OpenAthens

Create an OpenAthens account to access NHS and locally purchased electronic resources.

You can register from any PC, however using your email address will ensure the fastest possible registration.

OpenAthens self registration

Forgot your password?

Visit the OpenAthens password recovery page.

Renew or amend your NHS OpenAthens account

Log in here to renew.

OpenAthens for students

Students on NHS-commissioned courses and students on placement can register for an OpenAthens account.

Athens FAQ’s

OpenAthens registration help.

If you have any questions about your OpenAthens password please contact the library or email:

Page last reviewed: 18 July 2023

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