We have thousands of e-books available for you to access anywhere, anytime with an NHS OpenAthens account. All our e-books can be found via OmniSearch using the ‘Books’ or ‘Books and Articles’ tab (where you can also search all of our print books).

The main platforms we use for e-books are ProQuest Ebook Central and Kortext.

ProQuest Ebook Central

We have almost 16,000 titles on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform available to holders of NHS OpenAthens accounts.

You can also search for e-books via OmniSearch, or you can search the ProQuest Ebook Central platform directly.

Books can be viewed online, or downloaded to mobile devices for up to 14 days at at time. Visit our guide to downloading e-books for more information.


We have a collection of 138 titles via Kortext, and these include a number of titles in the ‘at a glance’ series as well as many other titles covering medicine, nursing, allied health and midwifery.

All of them can be found via OmniSearch or you can access the Kortext collection directly (click ‘Collections’ after logging in to see the whole range of books available). Access is via an NHS OpenAthens account.

You can create a personal account to make it easier to login in future (and to enable you to use the mobile app). Visit the Kortext website, select your institution and login as normal with your NHS OpenAthens account. Logout by using the three dots at the top right of the screen and selecting ‘Sign Out’. When the login screen appears again, select ‘Forgotten Password?‘. Use the email address linked to your OpenAthens account to get a password reset link.

Once you’ve reset your password, you can login to the website and mobile apps with your email and chosen password.

University e-books

If you’re a student, you could also check the Staffordshire University or Keele University resource discovery systems.