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Accessing resources

Library Search

Accessing resources graphic‌Library Search allows you to search for and access resources (articles, books, databases, journals, images etc.) held by or subscribed to by The University of Manchester Library. It pulls together many of the Library’s systems and allows you to search across them simultaneously.

You can access Library Search from the Library’s homepage, or My Manchester.

If you are going via the Library website you should sign in to Library Search to ensure that you can view all resources and save your results.

  • Library Search: Search for electronic resources including e-books and journal articles

Library Access

Library Access is a browser extension for Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Opera 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.

Subject guides

  • Subject guides: Tailored advice on finding resources for your subject

Subject guides contain useful information and details of recommended resources to support your studies.

Find your subject guide for a list of useful databases in your discipline to search for electronic resources such as journal articles.

There are additional guides available to support you with your studies, such as guides on referencing and statistics.

Order a Book

If you are looking for a book that the Library does not hold you can use the Order a Book service and we will try to get it for you.

We operate an e-first policy when purchasing new books so that digital copies will be available for all of our students to use, meaning that as a distance learner you can access these resources online whenever you need to.

For more information on this service and how it can help you, please visit our Order a Book pages: