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Library Access

Library Access is a browser extension for Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera and Safari that makes it easier to access electronic resource content courtesy of The University of Manchester Library.

When you are off-campus, you can use the extension to read electronic journal articles, e-books, reviews and other online material provided by the Library without having to visit the Library website first.

How to use Library Access

Library Access screenshot‌When you consult websites providing journals or databases which The University of Manchester Library is subscribed to, a pop-up notification will appear.

By clicking this notification you will be redirected to the University Login Service page where you will need to use your University username and password to log in, unless you have already logged in elsewhere on the University of Manchester websites.

How to install Library Access

The browser extension requires a ‘once only’ installation process of two mouse clicks on your laptop or PC.  

To install Library Access please visit the Lean Library website:

Simply install the extension and select ‘University of Manchester’ and it will pop-up and notify you when you are on a website that the Library has a subscription for. 

For support with Library Access, please email the Electronic Resources Helpdesk or call:

  • +44 (0)161 275 7388

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Browser requirements

Please ensure that you have the latest version of your browser installed.

The minimum browser requirements for Library Access are:

  • Google Chrome is supported from version 62 onward.
  • Firefox is supported from version 56 onward, from version 59 for ESR.
  • Safari is supported from version 11.0 onward.
  • Opera is supported from version 51 onward.

Coming soon

Library Access will soon be available on the following browsers:

  • Android
  • Microsoft Edge

This page will be updated when these downloads become available.