Accessing Digital Library Resources (off campus)
- How do I access Digital Library resources off campus?
- What is a University IT account username and password?
- How do I use my University IT account username and password to log in?
- How do I use 'institutional login'?
- How do I use individual resource passwords?
- Access using NHS Athens
- Further questions
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
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.
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.
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.
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
- via 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:
At the OpenAthens Authentication point click on the Alternative login link. DO NOT type your University IT account username and password into this box
You will now be sent to another search box. Type University of Leicester and click ‘Go’. Choose University of Leicester from the list displayed.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions page.