Access to digital content

NHS Staff

The digital content that you are able to access will depend upon which organisation you are employed by/studying with. Organisations purchase a licence for electronic journals, books and databases; either as a "basket" deal or as an individual resource. This licence will generally allow the organisation to give access to its staff and students.

Digital content purchased by the University of Sheffield is accessible to those NHS staff with honorary University contracts (please see below). Digital content is also available via StarPlus the Library catalogue. For those titles where the publisher permits walk-in access (which is the majority of health related titles), access is provided to NHS registered users in the Health Sciences Libraries at RHH and NGH.

Digital content purchased by NHS England is accessible  to NHS staff (including those University staff with honorary NHS contracts), via NICE Evidence Journals and Databases. Once you have logged in using an Athens username and password, additional content, purchased at a regional or local level is also available by clicking on the link to ‘My Resources – access your links, alerts and library information’

Access to University digital content for clinicians with honorary status

Access to the University of Sheffield's full electronic library is available to all clinicians with honorary status at the University of Sheffield. This includes most of the consultants and many of the registrars working in STH, SCH and the associated teaching hospitals.

How to register

Step 1: Obtain a letter confirming your honorary status with the University of Sheffield.

Do this by emailing your CV to Lindsay Gilroy, Staffing Officer: .  Staff working in the Associate Teaching Hospitals will also need to send a supporting letter from their Associate Director of Teaching or Medical Director to confirm involvement in undergraduate teaching.

Step 2: Register with CiCS, the University’s IT Department.

Request an account for the University’s network, a MUSE account and an Associate uCard from CiCS. Register in person at the CiCS Computing Centre on Hounsfield Road. You must provide CiCS with one of the following;

  • Letter of appointment
  • Contract
  • Passport
  • Driver’s licence
  • Other photographic ID

It is advised that you telephone first to ensure that your details are present on the University’s HR database.

Alternatively you can scan a copy of your honorary contract letter and email it along with a photo to   Include a postal address for your UCard to be sent out to.

UCards and Registration, Computing Centre, University of Sheffield,
Hounsfield Road, Sheffield. S3 7RF
Tel: 0114 222 1111

Your card will be activated overnight.

The uCard will also act as a library card and you are welcome to use the print collections and all the facilities available at other University Libraries. More information is available from Library Sites.

Accessing the University Library’s online resources

  1. From any University webpage click Log in to MUSE - log in with your username and password provided by CiCS
  2. From My services select StarPlus - Library Catalogue

For help at any time contact your liaison team or use the Library HelpDesk; Tel: 0114 222-7200 (external) 27200 (internal)