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Help with searching Library resources

Find out how to get started with the Library search by watching Finding information with Search@Library (video).

See how to access our electronic resources with a troubleshooting guide if you can't access the materials you've found.

Accessing electronic resources

Only current staff and students can access most databases, ejournals and ebooks.

The best way to access electronic resources is through the Library search, as this will ensure you are recognised as a member of the University of Leeds, especially if you are off-campus.

You may need your University username and password.

A smaller number of resources are available for NHS, graduates, and other external users (including staff and students of the Colleges and Affiliated Colleges of the University). These are restricted because of the limits of publisher licence agreements.

Find out more about what our different types of members can access.

Understand how publisher licence agreements affect your use of our eresources.

Can't find it?

If you can't access the resource, the Library may not have a subscription. Check if we subscribe using the Library search.

If we do subscribe to the journal and you still cannot access it, check that you have used the correct username and password.

Get in touch if you continue to have issues accessing the resource.

If you are a student or member of staff from another university, check whether you have access through your own institution.

Members of the public may be able to make requests for articles through their local public library.

Library search help

Techniques and tips on how to get the most out of the main Library search (Search@Library). Covers advanced search, setting limits, truncation, Boolean searching and saving records.


Techniques to refine your search in the Classic catalogue, including how to search in Chinese and Arabic, locations of types of material such as Large and Pamphlets, as well as saving references.


Help with interpreting archival hierarchy when searching archives, as well as basic and advanced search techniques for searching our Special Collections.