The OpenAthens login portal  provides a single sign on to all our NHS national, regional and local subscriptions. You can register for an NHS OpenAthens username and password here.

This amazing product has 3 modules:

  • 3D Real Time which provides anatomical modelling on a structure by structure basis. Structures can be added and removed, compared with dissection images, rotated in all dimensions, enlarged, used to generate teaching materials such as diagrams for labelling or colouring. Images of structures and their accompanying text can be shared, downloaded and embedded into course work, learning technology and used for educational purposes, all copyright cleared within the Trust.
  • 3D Atlas – this provides anatomical modelling in layers, and has clinical images, MRI  and cross-sectional anatomy models, which can all be manipulated and reused for teaching, learning and study.
  • Functional Anatomy and Therapy – 3 D gross anatomy models in motion, with animations and movies to help understand the action of muscle groups as used in exercise. Again all content can be saved, shared and embedded in teaching and learning materials.

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Databases for Literature Searching

All the databases we use for literature searches are accessible via the Open Athens portal.
Further information on each database>>


The library subscribes to a number of e-book providers including Kortext, ProQuest EBook Central, Oxford Medicine and the Royal Marsden Manual . These websites all have many useful online features to assist online reading and printing of chapters from these textbooks.
Further information on our e-book collections>>


All our e-journals subscriptions are listed both alphabetically and by specialism on Browzine. This includes access of all national, regional and local e-journal subscriptions which amounts to  over 10,000 journals! There is also a Browzine app for mobile access:

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In addition to your mandatory training, we offer many different optional e-learning units through e-LfH .These units are useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development.

Point of Care Tools

The library provides two Point of Care tools – BMJ Best Practice and UptoDate.
Further Information on Point of Care Tools>>


I have signed up to Open Athens before. Do I need to sign up again?

If you have already signed up to Open Athens through a previous Trust, you will need to transfer over your account to Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust to keep your saved searches. You may find by switching over, there is some variation in the e-resources we have subscribed to compared to other NHS Trusts however all core e-resources provided for the NHS nationally and  regionally will still be included.

If you are struggling to transfer the account, contact us at and we will contact your previous library for you and ask them to transfer over the account.

I have self-registered a few days ago but I still haven't been sent logins.

When you self-register for an Open Athens account with your Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS FT details you should be automatically sent logins via email.

However sometimes there is a discrepancy with the details provided that does not match up with our records which means your registration is flagged as needing approval from one of our administrators. This administration is a fairly quick process but if you have been waiting a while for access, do feel free to contact us at and we will immediately look into this for you.

I can't remember my username and/or password

You should be able to login using your Trust email as your username and there should be a password reset link on the login page. However if you are still having issues, contact and we will check from our side whether your access rights are set up correctly.

Why can't I access an e-resource through Open Athens?

There are two ways to access e-resources through Open Athens.

  1. You can access our e-resources by logging in to the Open Athens portal and then find the resource listing/link
  2. Alternatively you can click ‘log in’ directly on the resource webpage. Usually there is a link on the resource website ‘login via institutional access’ or ‘login via Open Athens’ that you can input your Open Athens username and password onto.

Both of these options should work so if you are struggling with one method, we would advise you try the other method. However if you do spot any technical issues with Open Athens links provided for accessing resources via Open Athens, please do contact us at so we can resolve the issue for all our Open Athens members.

Please also note that although many different e-resources offer Open Athens access, what you have access to is dependent on our Trust subscriptions. If you do not see an e-resource listed on the Open Athens portal and you feel the resource is essential for your department, speciality or for the wider Trust, please email us at with details of resource name, web link and how it may be useful to the wider Trust and we will consider the subscription during our next library budget review. For further guidance on how we decide what resources to purchase for the Trust, please see our Collections Development Procedure.