Access and training for electronic resources

About our electronic resources

The electronic resources made available by Library Services include databases, eJournals and eBooks. We also have electronic access to University of Birmingham research and publications.

Guidance and training


Whether you want to find a particular electronic resource or carry out a search for articles, FindIt@Bham provides a 'one stop shop' to support teaching and research. Subscribed and open access content is available to over 50,000 eJournals, 500,000 eBooks and over 1,000 databases across all subject disciplines.


We have an extensive collection of eBooks in all subjects offering flexibility and added functionality such as keyword searching within a text.

Open Access resources

Research papers and even some books and book chapters are increasingly becoming openly available under Open Access licences which allow anyone to download and read them without need of a subscription. We include links to such content in FindIt@Bham, vastly increasing the resources you have immediate access to.

On campus access

Access is available on campus to a majority of the library's collections without signing in to FindIt@Bham. However it is recommended that you sign in to FindIt@Bham at the start of your session to ensure you are retrieving all possible results and preventing further authentication requests. In addition to access your library account and to use the e-shelf to save searches and results, you will need to sign in.

Off campus access

Off campus access is available to search and browse FindIt@Bham without signing in. However it will not be possible to link out to electronic content without signing in. It is therefore recommended that you sign in to FindIt@Bham at the start of your session for seamless access and to ensure you are retrieving all possible results and preventing further authentication requests.

If you are in a hall of residence, you need to be registered with Ask4 in order to use the campus network.

Please note, many e-resources conflict with the University's VPN. If you encounter any difficulty with a particular e-resource off campus please sign out of the VPN, then close and reopen your browser before trying to access it again.

Using mobile devices to access electronic resources

Please see our mobile devices page for information about downloading eBooks, journal articles, borrowing eBook reader devices and mobile- friendly resources.

Access problems

Contact IT Services or Just Ask! 


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