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How to access Library databases and journal articles

For current staff and students we provide access to held or licensed print and online resources, including books, e-journals, databases and Special Collections items.

These three main methods will provide you with access to e-journals, e-books and databases provided by the Library:

Search on our Library Search

This can be accessed through My Manchester or the Library website. In most cases the Library link to an electronic resource will direct you to the University Login Service page, and upon successful login using your University username and password you will be directed back to the required service.

Use Library Access

This is a browser extension that makes it easier to access electronic resource content provided by the Library without having to visit Library Search first. With Library Access installed, a pop-up notification will appear when you consult websites providing journals or databases which the Library is subscribed to.

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. Once logged in you will then be directed back to the required service.

Direct login on the service website

This will usually say 'UK Federation', 'Shibboleth', 'Institutional Login' or 'Log in at your home organisation'. You will then be asked to choose the UK Federation and then select the University of Manchester. You will then be redirected to the University Login Service page, and upon successful login using your University username and password, you will be directed back to the required service.

All of the above methods will provide you with access to Library electronic resources irrespective of whether or not you are connected to Global Protect VPN.

Help and support

For support with access to electronic resources, please email the Electronic Resources Helpdesk or +44 (0)161 275 7388.

If you are planning to visit the Library to access resources, please refer to our opening hours and contact details.

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