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Library Space

  • The library is located on the first floor of the Centre of Nurse Education, Henry Street. 
  • Opening hours are 8am to 9pm, Monday to Friday.
  • It is a quiet study space open to all MUH staff and students on placement.
  • Accessible via staff ID card.
  • Guest WiFi and Eduroam are available and study desks are equipped with sockets.
  • The adjacent computer room has PCs with internet access.
  • A small reading room is available for individual use and is suitable for webinars, interviews etc.
  • Printing, photocopying and scanning are available.

Find Books

Books covering medical, surgical, nursing and allied health subject areas are available. Particular emphasis is placed on the clinical areas in which the Mercy University Hospital specialises. Search the Library Catalogue to look for a book if you are logged into a PC connected to the MUH network.

Books can be borrowed from the library for one month. The initial loan period can be extended but will be recalled if another staff member requires the book. 

Online Resources

These are various quality online information resources which are useful for those working in the health sector.  Some are openly accessible resources and some are paid for resources which can be accessed from a PC within the Mercy University Hospital or off-site via an OpenAthens account. 

Point-of-Care Tools

BMJ Best Practice 

BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool that draws on the latest evidence-based research to offer step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. 

You can access BMJ Best Practice from anywhere in Ireland and you can set up the app on your mobile phone once you set up an account. 


UpToDate is a clinical decision support resource which helps clinicians to make the right point-of-care decisions. A rigorous editorial process is used to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations.

To use UpToDate outside of the Mercy University Hospital or on the mobile app, you need to register for an account on a MUH PC. Then you can download the app from Apple or Google Play stores and log in using the same registration details. You will need to verify your affiliation with MUH every 89 days to maintain your access outside of MUH.  To do this, you simply need to log in to UpToDate through a MUH PC.

Royal Marsden Manual Online

Clinical nurse experts from one of the UK’s leading centres of expertise have brought together all the latest clinical evidence nurses need to meet confidently the requirements of their demanding profession. The Manual includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of care, from handwashing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Medicines Complete

MedicinesComplete, from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, is the definitive online resource for drug and healthcare information.  It brings together the latest and most relevant medicines information to provide healthcare professionals with expert and unbiased knowledge on the use and administration of drugs and medicines.



CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete is the world's premier nursing and allied health database.  It contains more than six million records and full-text articles for more than 1,200 clinical journals.  It is designed to meet the information needs of nurses, paramedics, physiotherapists and occupational therapists, allowing them to stay current with research, evidence and therapeutic advances.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world’s best medical research studies, and are recognised as the gold standard in evidence-based health care.

Embase (via Ovid)

Embase is a bibliographic database of biomedical and pharmacological scholarly literature and is published by Elsevier. It can be used for literature searching, systematic reviews, drug safety monitoring and medical device compliance. 

Lenus: The Irish Health Repository

Lenus, the Irish Health Research repository is the leading source for Irish research in health and social care. Lenus contains the publications of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) and the collected research output of over 130 health organisations past and present are all freely accessible.

OTseeker (Occupational Therapy)

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist you to evaluate their validity and interpretability. These ratings will help you to judge the quality and usefulness of trials for informing clinical interventions. In one database, OTseeker provides you with fast and easy access to trials from a wide range of sources.

PEDro (Physiotherapy)

PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database and have informing physiotherapy practice for over 22 years. It is a free database of over 54,000 trials, reviews and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions.

ProQuest Health Research Premium Collection

The Health Research Premium Collection provides access to the latest medical information essential for medical students and researchers. The collection offers a central access point to a variety of medical resources including databases and full text of journals.


Produced by the American Psychological Association, this database is the world's largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.


PubMed is the most popular and comprehensive database for searching the biomedical literature. It provides access to over 25 million citations from medical, nursing, and life science journals. Full-text is available for many resources.

Trip Database

TRIP Database (Turning Research Into Practice) is an excellent resource for Evidence-Based Medicine. It allows users to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

Web of Science

This is a multidisciplinary database which provides publication and citation data for confident discovery, access and assessment.



BMJ Case Reports

Provides access to the largest single collection of case reports. As part of the subscription, MUH staff and students will have case report submission costs covered. Contact the library for the subscription number. 

BMJ Standard Journal Collection 

 The BMJ Journals Collection comprises of more than 60 peer-reviewed journals covering specialist clinical areas, public health and evidence-based medicine.

JAMA Network

JAMA, Journal of the American Medical Association is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal and has been published continuously since 1883. JAMA is part of the JAMA Network family of journals, which includes 11 specialty journals and JN Learning.

Mark Allen Health Complete  

MAH Complete is the premium health journal collection from the Mark Allen Group. MAH Complete covers the whole health care spectrum including nursing, midwifery, medicine, allied health professions and health economics.

New England Journal of Medicine

The NEJM is a weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice.


Royal College of Nursing journals provide health professionals with the latest developments impacting nursing, including changes in policy, practice and research.

Sage Health Journals

The SAGE Journals medicine and health portfolio includes over 350 journals spanning cardiology, health management, medical law and ethics, mental health, neurology, nursing, public health, oncology, sports medicine, palliative medicine, pediatrics, pharmacology, psychology, and research methods.

The Medical and Nursing collection of journals includes over 400 peer reivewied  journals published by Wiley.

Online Learning

BMJ Learning

BMJ Learning offers high-quality continuing medical education for doctors and other healthcare professionals. It features hundreds of accredited, peer-reviewed learning modules in text, video, and audio formats.

JN Learning

JAMA Network learning offers CME and MOC from the JAMA Network.

Clinical Guidelines

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines

NICE is an independent organization responsible for providing national guidance for the UK on promoting good health and preventing and treating illness. 

National Guideline Clearinghouse (US)

The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Off-site Access to Resources

OpenAthens allows you to access library online resources from outside of the MUH or on a mobile device. It is an authentication system used for accessing online paid for information resources with a single username and password.

  • To access online resources external to MUH you should register with OpenAthens here A step by step guide for registration is available here and a video demonstration can be seen here
  • You will receive an activation e-mail and will need to follow the steps outlined within to activate your OpenAthens account.
  • Log onto your OpenAthens account here to access online resources outside of MUH network. Alternatively when you are asked to sign in on any of the library resources, you can choose OpenAthens and sign in from there.

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Article Supply

Contact the library (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are having difficulty getting access to a journal article or book you need. We can use inter library loans, a cooperative initiative between libraries, to source the item for you. 

Support for Literature Searching

The Librarian can help with literature searching on a one to one basis or via instruction to small groups. This will be helpful to those undertaking, or about to undertake, undergraduate or postgraduate courses or research projects. It is also useful to have a refresher session if you have completed courses or carried out research in the past, as tools and resources are constantly evolving. Get in contact to arrange an appointment. 
If you need help with searching the literature for a clinical/work related question, get in touch with the librarian to request a search. 


The Library's role is to support evidenced based clinical practice and the learning, research and teaching needs of the staff of the Mercy University Hospital as well as students on placement. It attempts to do this by providing access to:

  • an area and facilities conducive to study and research
  • access to print and electronic information resources both locally and remotely
  • instruction in library and information seeking skills
  • support with literature searching


Librarian: Breeda Herlihy
Phone: Librarian : 021-493 5145
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