Accessing Digital Library Resources (off campus)

How do I access Digital Library resources off campus?

When you are using a machine which is not on the University network (off campus) you will be required to login to access Digital Library resources (such as electronic journals and databases) by being prompted to either:

  • Enter your University IT account username and password OR
  • Use the Institutional login then your University IT account username and password OR
  • Use individual resource passwords

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What is a University IT account username and password?

In order to use our electronic resources and ensure that you receive your email correspondence from the Library you need to register for and use your University IT  account. Once you have registered for your University IT account, most of the Library’s electronic journals, books and databases can be accessed off campus.

These resources are for use only by University of Leicester staff and students. Usernames and passwords are for personal use only, and must not be divulged to anyone else.

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How do I use my University IT account username and password to login?

From the list of Databases and Electronic Resources or your My Subject page and select the resource you wish to use. You will be prompted to log in using your University IT account username and password.

Digital Library EZ Proxy login screen

Enter your University IT account username and password as requested.

When searching for journal articles via Leicester eLink from any of the Library web pages you will also be prompted to login using your University IT account username and password.

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How do I use Institutional login?

Watch our video tutorial for help with Institutional login

Some resources require us to use a different method for validating who is accessing them. For these resources you have to confirm that you are from the University of Leicester. The system the University of Leicester is using is called OpenAthens.

At the resources website, locate the Login box which will either say

  • "Login via UK Federation" or
  • login buttonvia UK Federation
  • or Login using "Shibboleth" or "Athens ID".

You will then be sent to the UK Access Management Federation screen.  Enter University of Leicester in the search box and then choose University of Leicester from the list displayed:

UK Federation WAYF


At the OpenAthens Authentication point click on the Alternative login link. DO NOT type your University IT account username and password into this box

OpenAthens login page

You will now be sent to another search box.  Type University of Leicester and click ‘Go’. Choose University of Leicester from the list displayed.

OpenAthens - Organisation Leicester

You can then choose to store 'University of Leicester' as your home institution in your browser so that you do not need to repeat this operation every time you use this service.

OpenAthens - Go to Univ of Leicester

You will now be sent to the University of Leicester Authentication Point for Athens (institutional login). Please enter uol\ and your University IT account Username and Password and then click the Login button.

Digital Library institutional login screen

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How do I use individual resource passwords?

A few resources continue to use individual resource usernames and passwords for both on and off campus access. A list of these is available on the Passwords page.

When you are off campus you will be asked to login to the passwords page using your University IT account username and password to verify that you are entitled to use these resources.

Access using NHS Athens

Medical students, Operating Department Practice students, Physiotherapy students, and staff who teach on any of these courses are entitled to have an academic NHS Athens username. This allows access to digital library resources that are available across England, including Embase, CINAHL and the British National Formulary app.

To register for an academic NHS Athens username, please contact from your University email account, and tell us which course you are on.

Students on other courses in the Medical School or the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology are unfortunately not entitled to an academic NHS Athens username. If you are also employed by the NHS, you can apply for a regular NHS Athens. To do this you need to contact your local NHS library. In Leicester, these are at the Leicester General Hospital, Glenfield Hospital, and the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Further Questions

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.

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