About National Health Library and Knowledge Service

The HSE’s National Health Library & Knowledge Service has its headquarters at Dr. Steevens’ Hospital.

NHLKS services are available to all staff based at Dr. Steevens’ Hospital and any National offices, for example, those based at Parkgate Street; Jervis Street; Merchant’s Quay, Palmerstown etc.

The National Health Library and Knowledge Service (NHL&KS) is made up of a national team of librarians and library staff. We work to ensure that the best possible research and evidence underpins decision making and advances patient care in the health service. Access to a knowledge base of literature is provided through our website.

Innovations in library and knowledge services, such as librarians working as part of multidisciplinary teams, have produced significant improvements in patient care. For example HSE librarians are key contributors to national clinical guidelines. The commitment and skills of all grades of NHL&KS staff have made possible the quality of library service that healthcare professionals require.


Everyone working in Ireland’s health service will have access to apply knowledge, and will apply it whenever and wherever they need it to deliver the best possible health and care.

Mission Statement 

By 2023 we will be a fully integrated and quality assured national service, recognised by healthcare professionals for adding value by using knowledge to deliver safe, effective person-centred healthcare, accessible to all on an equitable basis offering standardised service provision nationally.

Our ValuesOutcomes
IntegrityWe serve the community with the highest levels of integrity and honesty.
HonestyWe are honest in everything we do.
FairnessWe believe in fairness and equality of access to information.
RespectWe are respectful to staff, library members and colleagues at all times.
EmpathyWe recognise the importance of empathy particularly working in healthcare.
FamilyWe strive to maintain a healthy work-life balance and family is important to us.

Welcome to the HSE Library Website – Introduction by Aoife Lawton, National Health Librarian

Aoife Lawton, National Health Librarian – Welcome to HSE Library website from HSE Library