The Cochrane Library is an online resource containing a regularly updated collection of evidence-based databases, including over 6,000 Cochrane reviews. These reviews explore the evidence for and against the effectiveness and appropriateness of different treatments in specific circumstances. Each review features a Plain Language Summary, with the aim of making the information accessible to everyone. The Cochrane Library also includes editorials and special collections focusing on high profile health areas.
Australians have long been the highest per capita users of the Cochrane Library globally. Since 2002 all Australians have had free access to the Cochrane Library as a result of the Australian Government funding a national subscription. In August 2012, the NHMRC renewed Australia's national licence for a further five years and issued a media release highlighting the benefits of free access to the Library.