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What is an Athens account and how do I register?

An NHS Scotland Athens account is your library membership: it’s what you use to borrow and request books if you visit an NHSGGC library, or if you want to view articles, ebooks, place requests and loan renewals via the Knowledge Network. With an Athens account, you can access or request resources from any computer or device at any time, whether you are at work or at home.

What is the Knowledge Network?  

The Knowledge Network provides access for NHS Scotland staff and partners to thousands of print and online resources, including books and ebooks; journals and ejournals; databases and evidence summaries; and many other resources.

I have forgotten my Athens details or have another question about my account 

For forgotten usernames and passwords, expired accounts, changing your work address and any other questions about Athens, please email our Athens Administration Team.

Can I use my University Athens account?

Your University Athens account will only give access to university-subscribed material. It cannot be used to access NHSGGC-subscribed resources. Therefore, you also need to register for an NHS Scotland Athens account.

I have an Athens account from a different health board. Can I still use this account within NHSGGC?

Your account will not give you access to some NHSGGC online resources. Please email your change of details to our Athens Administration Team to gain full access to NHSGGC online resources.

The Support for Evidence and Searching (SENSE) service can be accessed by all staff via eHelp. The progress of requests can be tracked via this website. 

The service aims to support NHSGGC staff in all aspects of patient care, service development, professional decision making and with their research and CPD.

Search services include: 

Literature Search Service 

This is our standard service; you place a request and a professional searcher will search the evidence base and send you back a list with links to full text articles if available.

Project Support

An individually tailored service to support evidence-based projects such as the development or renewal of clinical guidelines or systematic reviews.

Evidence Summary

An enhanced search and synthesis service to support service improvement, clinical guidelines, patient care and research. It is usually a short and focused piece of work, organising and summarising a list of search results into a single framework or summary. The content of the searches, format of the final results, and timescales are all agreed with the user and tailored where possible to suit the needs of individual projects.

Tools and Measures Enquiry Service

A specialist enquiry service which investigates copyright permissions for diagnostic tools and outcome measures. Where possible, the Library Network will seek to obtain permissions for tools to allow NHSGGC staff to use them. The Library Network does not arrange the purchasing of tools or licences. The search for the copyright holder can take up to 10 working days; timescales for any permissions check can vary.

Literature Analysis

A systematic search of the literature, followed by a breakdown and summary of the topics and themes of each reference. This service is available only for large-scale projects to support service development, guidelines and other Board projects.

The Library Network provides a range of information skills training and support.

Core Skills 

Core Skills training gives NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde staff the chance to brush up on core writing, reading, number and computing skills used every day. For more information please contact library staff or visit a site library.

Knowledge Skills

Introduction to literature searching

Tailored to your requirements. Introduction to literature searching for relevant articles. Includes forming and planning a search, basic search techniques and locating full text. Uses databases such as Medline, Embase, CINAHL or PsycInfo.

Advanced literature searching

Tailored to your requirements. For people with previous experience of literature searching.

Finding the fulltext

Accessing full text journal articles via the Knowledge Network, and what to do if the information you want is not available online.

Managing your search results

An introduction to using Refworks to organise your search results, create a bibliography and create citations in a document.

Finding evidence quickly

An overview of services which help you to access key resources to support clinical decisions at point of care, using tools such as Dynamed and TRIP Database.

Keeping up to date

Suggestions on how to keep up to date with the latest news, research and publications in your area of interest.

Introduction to the NHS Scotland Knowledge Network

Using the Knowledge Network to identify and access relevant information.

Introduction to critical appraisal

Tailored to your requirements. An introduction to how to critically appraise journal articles or guidelines. Also available as a group training session.


To find out more about copyright and the training available please contact library staff or visit a site library.

Survey Tool – Webropol

An overview of Webropol software, which can be used for online surveys, questionnaires and events management. The session is tailored to your requirements.

Clinical Knowledge Publisher (CKP)

An overview of CKP, which can be used to organise and display clinical pathway diagrams and guidelines. The session is tailored to your requirements.

M365 Skills

The NHS Scotland M365 Skills Hub is now available.

It contains support, advice and training on the M365 resources used in NHS Scotland – Teams, O365/M365, Outlook, Sharepoint, OneDrive, and more.

A link should also be available in the left-hand navigation bar in Teams – if you don’t see it, click on the three dots … and click on the M365 Hub app to pin it to your left-hand margin.

eLearning – literature searching

eLearning: How to search the literature effectively

These modules are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) in Scotland build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. They are short (each takes 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference or completed to obtain a certificate. There are six modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge, providing a total of 2 hours CPD time.

The Literature Searching modules are freely accessible to anyone with a Turas Learn account, which is available to all health and care staff in Scotland. If you do not have an account already, please register This will ensure your learning activity is recorded and you will be able to generate a record of completion.

Contact the Knowledge Network Help Desk with any questions or feedback.

(Originally developed by NHS Health Education England, these modules have been adapted with permission for an NHS Scotland audience by NES Knowledge Services)

The Library Network can help you stay up to date in your area of interest.

Current Awareness Bulletins 

Current Awareness Bulletins (CABs) provide details of recent publications in specific subject areas and provide a quick and easy way of keeping up to date.

To see the full list of CABs produced by librarians in NHS Scotland, and to subscribe to receive copies, go to the Knowledge Network current awareness site.

Please let us know if you have any comments about this service, e.g. suggestions for new topics.

Email alerts and RSS feeds

These are used to publish frequently updated information such as new research and publications. Many professional organisations use them to keep readers up to date. Look for links on your favourite web sites and resources and sign up for updates. Library staff are happy to give advice on email alerts and keeping up to date.

Useful links 

To find books and articles, go to the Knowledge Network and select the Library Search tab. This catalogue search allows you to:

  • Find titles across NHS Scotland’s stock of print books, print journal archives and audio-visual resources
  • View and download online journal articles and the full text of national and NHSGGC-subscribed ebooks
  • Renew items you have on loan
  • Reserve items (whether on loan or not) and have them sent to your preferred library for collection
  • More details on the Knowledge Network and Athens

You’ll need your Athens account to view your library record; to renew or reserve items; or to view/download articles and ebooks. On the Library Search page of the Knowledge Network, select Sign In in the top right of the screen. Once signed in, click the drop-down arrow next to your name to view your library record for loans and renewals.

If the book or article you want isn’t available through Library Search, see the help guides on our eHelp pages:

Ensure you log in with your Athens account first before you request a non-stock item. Please note, this service is only available for NHSGGC staff and Partnerships. If you have any difficulties, contact

The NHSGGC Library Network provides library and information services to all staff working within NHSGGC and its partner organisations. 

With nine staffed libraries across NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, we offer access to an extensive collection of healthcare and associated resources, in print, online and on time. 

Latest news 

Where to find us


The Beatson Library provides specialist cancer information services and resources to all NHSGGC staff and partners.

We are located in the Education Suite, Level 0. Access is available 24/7 using your Beatson swipe card.

Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre Library
1053 Great Western Road
G12 0YN

Tel: 0141 301 7283 (x57283)

Gartnavel General Hospital

The library is in the Administration corridor on the ground floor of the main hospital building, near Medical Illustration’s offices.

Out of hours access is available for NHSGGC staff: please ask library staff for details.

Gartnavel General Hospital
1053 Great Western Road
G12 0YN

Tel: 0141 211 3013 (x53013)

Glasgow Royal Infirmary

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Library is on the first floor of the New Lister Building. When entering the building from Alexandra Parade, the library is just behind and to the right of the help desk.

Glasgow Royal Infirmary Library
10 Alexandra Parade
G31 2ER

Tel: 0141 201 5867 (x65867)

James Bridie Library, New Victoria Hospital

James Bridie Library is on Level 2 of the New Victoria Hospital in the Conference and Education / Staff Facilities corridor.

24-hour access is available for NHSGGC staff – staffing hours may vary, so please contact the library for further information.

This video provides instructions on how to locate us in the New Victoria Hospital:

James Bridie Library
The New Victoria Hospital
Grange Road
G42 9LF

Tel: 0141 347 8885 (x68885)

Maria Henderson Library, Gartnavel Royal Hospital

The Maria Henderson Library is the main library for staff working in mental health, psychiatry, psychology, learning disabilities and the community. It is on the ground floor of the Administration Building at Gartnavel Royal Hospital.

Staff are usually available Monday to Friday, from 9.00am – 5.00pm. The building is not accessible out of hours, but nearby Gartnavel General Library has out of hours access: ask staff for details.

Maria Henderson Library
Admin Building
Gartnavel Royal Hospital
1055 Great Western Road
G12 0XH

Tel: 0141 211 3913 (x33913)

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus

Please note: There is currently no access to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Library

The library is on the first floor of Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre which is situated between the Neurology building and the Office block.

The Library
First Floor
Queen Elizabeth Teaching and Learning Centre
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF


Opening Hours – Currently closed until further notice

NHSGGC – Tour of the QEUH Campus Library

Book returns – there is a book returns bin situated in the main atrium of the hospital between WH Smith and the Reception Desk.

Alternatively, you can return books to any NHS Scotland library or post them to James Bridie Library, New Victoria ACH, Grange Road, Glasgow G42 9LF.

Requesting books – we can also post requested books to your ward or dept, just email us.

Training – If you require training, we can offer this via M365 Teams. If you would like to request training or need a literature search to be carried out, please complete the form at QUEST.

Best wishes,
Lynn, Scott, Seona, Gina and Emma

Robert Lamb Library, Inverclyde Royal Hospital

The library is in the Education Centre, next to Inverclyde Royal Hospital.

Out of hours access available until 11pm, 7 days a week. To apply for out of hours access please speak to our team.

Robert Lamb Library
Education Centre
Inverclyde Royal Hospital
Larkfield Road
PA16 0XN

Tel: 01475 504402 (x04402)

Library staffed Monday to Friday, from 8.30am to 4.30pm.

Royal Alexandra Hospital

The library is situated within the Education corridor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Out of hours access is available on request.

Royal Alexandra Hospital
Corsebar Road

Tel: 0141 314 7178 (x07178)

Library staff available Monday to Friday, from 9.00am to 4.30pm

Stobhill Campus Library

The library is on Level 3 of the New Stobhill Hospital in the Management Offices corridor. You require a Stobhill ACH ID badge for swipe card access. Please contact Security beside Minor Injuries for assistance with access. Mental Health Staff can also access the Mackinnon House Library, although that is reference only for book stock.

The New Stobhill Hospital
133 Balornock Road
G21 3UW

Tel: 0141 355 1684 (x11684)

If you require help when the library is unstaffed, please email or alternatively telephone the library at Glasgow Royal Infirmary on 0141 201 5867 (x65867).

Unstaffed libraries

Vale of Leven

The Library Resource Room at the Vale of Leven is in the Postgraduate Education Centre which is on the 1st Floor of the Community Maternity Building. The Library contains two computers for NHSGGC staff use and a small book collection.

Library Resource Room
Postgraduate Education Centre
Vale of Leven District General Hospital
Main Street
G83 0UA

Access is by keypad. Staff should contact the RAH Library for details.

The Library Resource Room at the Vale of Leven Hospital is part of the Library Services based at the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Tel: 0141 314 7178 (x07178)

West Glasgow ACH

The Knowledge Hub (formerly the library) is on the ground floor of WGACH in Bute Corridor. It is available to NHSGGC staff for agile working, group and quiet study. There are workspaces, several computers, a dock for Dell tablets, and a seating area. It is part of the West Library Sector, which is based at Gartnavel campus.

As the Knowledge Hub is unstaffed, please contact library staff at Gartnavel General or Gartnavel Royal for the door code. Out of hours access to the building is available: reception staff at WGACH can advise further on the details.

Knowledge Hub
Bute Corridor
West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital
Dalnair Street
Glasgow G3 8SJ

Tel: 0141 201 0129 (x80129)
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Resource rooms


There are two computers (NHSGGC staff use only) and a small reference only book collection. Access to the Admin building is by door codes. Staff without codes should request these via their manager.

Dykebar Hospital Staff Library
Level 1
Admin Building
Dykebar Hospital

For further information on NHSGGC library services please contact staff at the Royal Alexandra Hospital Library.

Tel: 0141 314 7178


Leverndale Library currently unavailable due to space issues caused by COVID-19.

The staff library is located within the Clinical Learning and Education Centre (CLEC) on the ground floor of the Admin Building at Leverndale. It contains two PCs (for NHSGGC staff use only), a small book collection and study space. A printer is available nearby within the CLEC. Books may be removed from the library but may only be used on the Leverndale site and should be returned when you are finished with them.

Please ask at Admin Building Reception for access (you will be required to show your ID card), or swipe into the CLEC area if your staff card permits access around Leverndale. Other areas of the CLEC may be used for PC access and study space if they are not booked out for training: ask Reception staff about bookings when you visit.

Leverndale Hospital Staff Library
Administration Building
Leverndale Hospital

For further information and assistance contact the James Bridie Library, New Victoria Hospital.

Tel: 0141 347 8885 (68885)

Mackinnon House

The staff library contains two computers for NHSGGC staff use with internet access and Microsoft office, a small reference only book collection, photocopier and study space.

The library is on the left-hand side of the corridor just as you enter MacKinnon House. Reception staff can give staff and students the access code for the library door on presentation of their ID badge.

Mackinnon House Staff Library
MacKinnon House
Stobhill Campus
133 Balornock Road
G21 3UZ

For further information and assistance contact the Stobhill Campus Library.

Tel: 0141 355 1684 (x11684)

Rowanbank Clinic

Access is only available to staff working at the Rowanbank Clinic.

Rowanbank Clinic Staff Library
Rowanbank Clinic
Stobhill Campus

133 Balornock Road
G21 3UZ

For further information and assistance contact the Stobhill Campus Library.

Tel: 0141 355 1684 (x11684)

Further Information