Spring Issue of Health Library News out now

The latest issue of Health Library News is out now.


Latest HSE Library Training Sessions

New training sessions coming up in May include; Searching systematically and searching the Cochrane library.

Browse and book a session on the calendar

BMJ Best Practice Now Available Nationally

The National Health Library and Knowledge Service (NHLKS) are delighted to be making BMJ’s decision support tool BMJ Best Practice available to healthcare professionals and patients across the Republic of Ireland.

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BMJ Best Practice provides healthcare professionals with quick, easy access to the latest information and evidence for diagnosis and treatment decisions. Its content is updated daily and draws on the latest evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

This development provides doctors, nurses, paramedics and community care professionals with guidance on the most common medical conditions to improve knowledge and support delivery of the very best care to patients.

Access is automatically enabled via the national IP. BMJ Best Practice can also be accessed anytime via the mobile responsive website or the app. 
Paul Reid, Director General of HSE said: “This clinical resource gives Irish health professionals immediate access to the latest clinical evidence and diagnostic tools, no matter where they are based. It will have a very significant impact on patient care.”

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Launch of the first HSE National Health Library and Knowledge Service Strategy

Turning knowledge into action: enabling care, improving health

The new National Health Library and Knowledge Service strategy ‘Turning knowledge into action: enabling care, improving health 2018 – 2023′ was launched today by HSE Director General Tony O’ Brien.


Enabling evidence-based practice

The strategy, which was launched in the Edward Worth Library, Dr Steevens Hospital sets out a roadmap  for the development and expansion of an integrated national knowledge service.

Speaking at the launch Dr Ana Terres HSE Head of Research and Development spoke of the role of the library service in providing a foundation of evidence saying ‘Without libraries there would be no evidence-based practice’

The strategy and implementation will be delivered in two phases with the next two years laying the foundation for delivery of our integrated national services. Central to delivery will be the the establishment of five national virtual teams; Knowledge Search and Summary Service, Digital Knowledge Service, Knowledge Broker Service, Information skills development and a coordinated network of library sites and resources.

Read the Strategy

For more detail on the strategy you can read the full document HERE 

Therese Brady Bereavement Library – Irish Hospice Foundation

The Irish Hospice Foundation’s Therese Brady Library and Information service is Ireland’s only dedicated specialist library with a focus on bereavement, palliative care and end-of-life care. The library is central to the Bereavement Information and Education functions of the Irish Hospice Foundation. These include an Msc in Bereavement Studies, a Professional Certificate in Children and Loss and workshops on bereavement, loss and end-of-life care.

Bereavement Library

The library collection includes topics such as:

Bereavement Bibliotherapy Collection

As part of the Irish Hospice Foundation’s bereavement support services members of the public who have been bereaved can borrow from the library’s bereavement bibliotherapy collection.

Access and membership

The library is open to all Irish Hospice Foundation staff and affiliates, students currently enrolled on Irish Hospice Foundation Education courses. Professionals, students and researchers who want to have continued access to the collection and to access the library’s electronic resources can sign up for library membership. Full details of access and membership options are available HERE.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) Library

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) Library is located on the second floor of the National Blood Centre on the St James’s Hospital campus in Dublin 8.

They deliver a Library and Research Service to the IBTS and provide access to resources to meet the research and education needs of IBTS staff as well as visiting students/registrars.

Collections and Services

The IBTS Library is a specialist Library for Transfusion Medicine, the branch of medicine that is concerned with the process of collecting (donation), testing, processing, storing, and transfusing blood and its components. The Library holds core text books and print and online journals as well as industry relevant manuals, standards and guidelines.

Subjects covered by the library book and journal collections include:

They also hold articles, publications and theses written by former and current IBTS staff. Their non-medical book collection has been expanded in recent years to include publications on Marketing, Management, Organisational Behaviour, Human Resources, Leadership, Psychology, Sociology, Marketing and Self-Development.

Visiting the IBTS Library

Health service professionals and anyone with an interest in the field of Transfusion Medicine can visit and use facilities free of charge. There are three quiet study desks available for use in the main Library. Access to the collection is reference only and books and journals cannot be borrowed by visitors.

Library Services Brochure (pdf link)

Opening hours

The Library is staffed by a Research Officer/Librarian and a Library Assistant and is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday.

If you would like to make an appointment please contact (01) 432-2848 or email the Librarian at niamh.osullivan@ibts.ie 


South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital Medical Library – Cork

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital Library

SIVUH Library supports the hospital’s role in teaching patient-centered care. The library provides access to a range of collections and resources to meet the research and education needs of SIVUH staff and students on clinical placement, and to facilitate decision-making in patient care.

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday from 9.00am – 5.00pm

staffed by a Senior Library Assistant.

Collections and Services

Library collections include

Access and membership

External membership is offered to non-SIVUH employees who are employed in the health sector on payment of an annual fee. Further details on the SIVUH website

To contact the library email: library@sivuh.ie or phone 021 – 4926348.