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How to access Library electronic resources

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 and LibKey Nomad

These are browser extensions that make it easier to access electronic resource content provided by the Library without having to visit Library Search first. Both tools provide a pop-up notification when you consult websites providing content which the Library is subscribed to, and then direct you to the University Login Service page before directing you 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.

Web accessibility statements

The University of Manchester Library is committed to making the information and resources that it provides via the web accessible to all users.

We aim to be standards compliant and follow general principles of usability and universal design, which should help visitors to our websites. A full list of third-party content suppliers along with relevant accessibility information is available for download in Microsoft Excel format:

The spreadsheet linked above outlines the following accessibility information:

  • The name of the third-party content provider
  • A link to a third-party accessibility statement if available
  • A link to an ASPIRE accessibility analysis report if available. ASPIRE is a verification service for accessibility statements in the publishing industry.

Help and support

For support with access to electronic resources, or if you are experiencing any accessibility issues with a University of Manchester Library third-party content supplier, 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 support channels: