Category Archives: Using the library

Welcome back returning students


Welcome back- we hope you had a refreshing break and are ready to dive back into your studies and Cardiff life.

Find here some information that might help you settle back in.



  • Out of hours parking
  • If you haven’t already- connect your mobile to the wifi service- we now have access viaEduroam at Cardiff and Vale sites and some other placement sites- read more here.
  • BNF apps available to Cardiff Uni students for your mobile- free to access
  • Access UptoDate– you can use it to prepare for presentations, answer queries relating to clinical care, help you revise a topic and so on.
  • You can send documents to our iprint service from home and collect them when you get into College.

Remember we are here to help, so feel free to contact us or drop in and ask for help at the enquiry help.

We’ll be advertising our usual drop in library clinics soon.

Welcome to F1 training doctors and dentists

Welcome to your new training post! We hope you settle in well.

You will find in your welcome pack information which will help you find your way around the library and information resources that you will need to treat patients effectively.

Cardiff and Vale UHB have purchased UptoDate and Clinical Key for your use. You can use these in work via the Clinical Portal on the Cardiff &Vale UHB intranet, or from home with your Athens account.

Obtaining your Athens account:

  • If you are a Cardiff graduate and you had a student Athens account, it will be changed to a staff account and extended until July 2018.
  • If you are new to Cardiff, or if you did not have a student account, a new account will be set up for you at the beginning of August and an activation code will be emailed to you. Please follow the links in the email and you will get the details.

UpToDate is a point-of-care tool.  Enter a clinical condition or question to see a summary of the evidence, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment plus links to in-depth sources of information:

Clinical Key gives a broader range of information on a condition, with links to book chapters, articles, videos and images, presentation maker and patient information.

It also provides 600+ e-journals and 1100+ e-books published by Elsevier:


In addition to these 2 resources there are many other resources available via Wales e-library for health and these can be used at work or at home (with Athens), and it brings together many sources of health information:

You also have the benefit of the wealth of information resources and Eduroam network from Cardiff University which can be accessed in the library or at home using Cardiff University credentials. To find out what’s on offer, go to  click on the Student button and enter your Cardiff University username and password.

If you are a Cardiff graduate you can continue using your student username and password. Other graduates will be sent their account details by the Wales Deanery.


Connect to University Wifi! IT clinic help at Health Library

You can connect to the secure University wireless network when you’ve enrolled and wifihave your username and password.
This will give you flexible wireless access across the University Campuses and Residences.
To start using wireless, simply connect to ‘CU-Wireless’ on your device and follow the on screen instructions.

If you have any problems registering, please visit the IT Clinics:

Health Library, Cochrane Building
(Ground floor) 19 – 23 September, 11.00 – 15.00


Microsoft Office ProPlus Students

office365Microsoft Office ProPlus for students scheme provides current students with free access to the complete Office 2013 suite (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access, Publisher, Outlook and OneNote) on up to five desktop / laptop devices, and additionally on up to five mobile devices. Staff also have access to the office suite to download from their email account.

Current students will be able to download the ‘Student Advantage’ Office suite from their web-based University email accounts.

Further information and the download instructions are available on the intranet:

Watching some TV on campus…

Cardiff University has a TV licence that covers any institutional use of iPlayer for both staff and students, so students usintvg iPlayer in an IT suite or lecture hall will be covered.

This does not include accommodation, or refectory spaces – in these situations students will need a TV licence, unless they a) have a laptop/device running solely on battery power and b) their parents have a TV licence.

This does not affect services such as Box of Broadcasts, 4OD and ITV Player – these can still be watched without a TV licence.

For more information, please see:


Postgraduate Students- Study Zones UHW and Cathays Campus

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Exclusive spaces for postgraduates are available at both the Cathays Park Campus and the Heath Park Campus. For both zones, access is restricted to postgraduate students by University identity card.

At Cathays Park, the Postgraduate Study Zone is on the third floor of the Students’ Union Building. Open from 08:45 to 21:30, Monday to Friday, and 10:00 to 17:30, Saturday and Sunday, it offers group and individual study spaces, a computer room, and lockers. Immediately adjacent to the Study Zone is the Common Room, open to all students with informal furniture, Freeview TV, microwave and hot drink making facilities.

At Heath Park, the Postgraduate Study Zone is in Main Hospital Building, 2nd Floor, Tower Block 2, Room 31/32. It is available 24/7 with IDcard access. In addition to a study area, there is an informal space with sofas, Freeview TV, a microwave, and hot drink making facilities.