Exeter Health Library


Exeter Health Library Topic Guides – can you help?

Exeter Health Library is running a usability study in conjunction with the healthcare library at Weston Super-Mare, looking at the usability of our Topic Guides: http://exeterhealth.libguides.com.

If you haven’t already come across them, we have a wide range of Topic Guides covering a number of different subjects, from clinical topics, to guides on the Care Certificate, Research, Leadership & Management and more. Each guide pulls together information on library resources and services available for that topic.

Both Weston and ourselves use the same software (LibGuides) and we’d like to make sure that our Topic Guides are fit for purpose and actually useful! Results will be anonymised and presented as a poster at the national CILIP Health Libraries Group conference this summer.

Are you able to spare 15 mins to pop over to the Library to help us? Tea/coffee/biscuits will be provided. There will be a short set of simple tasks to complete, and some follow up questions, if there is time.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Cate Newell (Reader Services Librarian) on x6726, or email cnewell1@nhs.net. The deadline is Friday 18th May.

NHS Open Athens problems

We have been made aware there may be some problems with access to journals and databases and account renewals.

If you are affected, please let us know – ring us on 01392 406800 or email us at

rde-tr.library@nhs.net and we will investigate.

Thank you.


NICE News – March 2018

Now available at https://bit.ly/2IczeyZ

Easter Bank Holiday opening hours

The Library will be unstaffed from
Friday 30th March – Monday 2nd April.

24/7 access and self-service book issue/return is available to registered members of the Library.

You can also access a wealth of resources such as journals, databases and e-books online via NHS OpenAthens.

Help and advice is available via our website, Help section.

Wishing you a Happy Easter.

The Library Team

New e-books!

The Library has recently purchased 10 new e-books on a variety of topics.

E-books can either be read online, or downloaded to your desktop (for a maximum of 7 days).

Links to e-books can be found from the Library Catalogue, or our selection of Topic Guides.

To access our 10 new titles, click on the title from the list below, and log in with NHS OpenAthens if prompted.

For more information about e-books, please visit our E-Books page.

If you have any problems accessing and using the e-books, please contact us.

The Library Team

Journal news – new title – Journal of Neonatal Nursing

We are pleased to announce we now have electronic access to the Journal of Neonatal Nursing from Jan 2014 onwards – https://bit.ly/2Gaukpx

It is also available in print from January 2018.

Please feel free to contact the library if you have any issues accessing this title.


DPT Library collection to remain permanently at Exeter Health Library

23 March 2018

The contents of the DPT Library at Wonford House Hospital will now remain permanently in Exeter Health Library.

Book items will still show as ‘Wonford House Hosp Library (NHS)’ in the Library Catalogue, but they are currently in Exeter Health Library.

The collection is shelved at the end of the Exeter Health Library book and journal collection, it is clearly signposted.

Exeter Health Library is staffed Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, with 24/7 access available to registered users. Books can be borrowed either with an Exeter Health Library library card (if you have one), or by writing your name on the book card inside the book, and posting it in the red box on the wall by the library enquiries desk.

If you have any problems accessing the DPT Library collection, or would like to have books posted out to your department, please contact Library staff.

All other library services, such as literature searching and document supply, continue as normal.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Library Team

Christmas opening hours

‘Tis the season….well, nearly!

Just to let you know, the Library will be unstaffed on:

  • Monday 25th December
  • Tuesday 26th December
  • Monday 1st January

With limited desk hours from 10am-3pm Weds 27th-Friday 29th December. Normal staffed hours resume on Tuesday 2nd January.

24/7 access is available to registered members of the library, if you need access, please contact the Library before Friday 22nd December.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

The Library Team

NHS Open Athens logins – please check your shortcuts / favourites! 

Please be advised that https://auth.athensams.net/ is shortly going to stop working – any login links including ‘auth.athensams.net’ will NOT work by the end of 2017.

This is due to Open Athens (Eduserv) making changes to its infrastructure which will now affect our NHS Open Athens logins.

Our advice is to update any links you may have saved as favourites.

Use this link instead – OpenAthens login link:  https://openathens.nice.org.uk/Auth/Login

If you have forgotten your password use:  https://openathens.nice.org.uk/ForgotPassword/Reset

Any questions, please do ask us!


Open Access Week 2017

23rd-29th October is International Open Access week, celebrating the practice of making research outputs such as peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, theses, book chapters/monographs, freely available online for everyone to read, use and re-use – disseminating and sharing knowledge.

Matt Holland from the North-West Ambulance Services Library & Knowledge Service has written a fantastic Guide to Open Access for Allied Health Professionals which is well worth a read for more information on this topic, from an NHS perspective.

But here is some brief information on Open Access which you may find useful:

How do I find and access Open Access content?
Some publishers have now launched specific Open Access journal titles/collections, which are freely available. Examples include:

You can also search resources such as PubMed Central and Europe PubMed Central.

Some journals are called ‘hybrid’ journals and are a combination of subscription-access content and Open Access, so it is worth looking on the publisher’s site/tables of contents to see what you can access, Open Access articles are usually marked somewhere to say they are Open Access.

Some content is also available from institutional repositories, which you can search at:

  • OpenDOAR – worldwide directory of Open Access repositories
  • SHERPA search – search UK Open Access repositories

How do I make my research outputs Open Access?

There are two options for making your research output available via Open Access:

Gold route
This is where you pay a publisher an Article Processing Charge (APC) to have your article published as Open Access. Once you pay the fee, your article will be published as Open Access and you’ll also be able to upload a copy into your institutional repository immediately, without embargo.

Some research funders stipulate that your research articles need to be made Open Access via the Gold route, and you should factor in the costs for this as part of your research grant proposal. APC charges can vary between publishers, and some offer discounts for institutions with membership.

The NIHR policy requires that all funded research outputs are made Open Access, preferably via the Gold route – as you can see in the NIHR Open Access policy.

Green route
This is the ‘free’ option – you upload a copy of your research article into your institutional repository, to be made publicly available in accordance with publisher’s embargo periods. Publisher’s embargo periods range from 6-12 months and sometimes longer. Your article will still be published with subscription access.

You need to check that your chosen publisher’s embargo period fits in with your funder’s requirements, but there are tools out there to help you with this:

If in doubt, speak to a member of library staff! We’re here to guide you through this.

Does the RD&E have an institutional repository I can upload my research outputs to?

Not all NHS Trusts have an institutional repository yet, but we’re lucky at the RD&E to have the RD&E Research Repository, a joint project between Research & Development and Exeter Health Library, where you can upload full-text articles, conference proceedings, posters etc as well as journal citations.

So if you have any articles or research outputs that you’d like to make Open Access, or have any further questions about Open Access, please contact: rde-tr.ResearchRepository@nhs.net.

Further links
Exeter Health Library Research Hub
RD&E Research Repository
RD&E Research & Development (Hub)