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Access online resources

To have full access to our ebooks, ejournals and databases you must be a member of the University of Bradford and have a University username and password.

Our online resources are often accessible without a password if your are on-campus, however, off-campus users will be asked to log in via EZproxy, Institutional/Shibboleth login, MyAthens or specific usernames and passwords. Here you will find guidance on how to access our content using the listed approaches.

Flow of information.

On-campus access

If you are on campus, many online resources can be accessed directly without a username and password. Use either the Library Catalogue or Summon to find and access online content seamlessly. You may also find our Subject Support pages helpful in browsing for suitable content for your subject area and linking to content without having to provide your credentials. These  can be located from the library homepage.


A few online resources do require a username and password even on-campus. If so, a note on the record in the library catalogue will say 'Users will need their UoB username and password'. 

Off-campus access

Most of our online resources can be accessed off-campus, allowing you to work from home or from another location. Note: We recommend you always use the Library Catalogue or Summon to link to your chosen online resources. These links offer the most straightforward login route and are tested and maintained by library staff.

Routes to off-campus access

EZproxy linking

Most of the Library Catalogue entries offer an EZproxy link to our online resources. This link is normally the first or main link displayed in the record. When prompted enter your UoB username and password to log in. 

Institutional or Shibboleth login

  1. Locate the institutional login option. This may also be called OpenAthens or Shibboleth login. NB! Do NOT choose the Athens login option.
  2. From 'Select your region or group' choose UK Access Management Federation.
  3. Locate University of Bradford from a drop-down menu or type the name in a search box.
  4. Follow through to University of Bradford login page.
  5. Enter your UoB username and password into the login boxes.


The University of Bradford username and password allow access to the MyAthens site where we have collated all the eBook and eJournal sites and databases accessible that used to require an Athens account for access. The Library no longer uses the traditional Athens authentication option after the migration to institutional authentication. Please note, the MyAthens list does NOT contain all the online resources available to members. Use Summon or the Library Catalogue.

Note: Do not use the basic Athens login boxes on any publisher site. These are NOT compatible with the University of Bradford OpenAthens accounts.

Resource specific usernames and passwords

A few online resources require a dedicated username and password. These details will only be available to members of the University via the Library Catalogue. When prompted, log in with your UoB username and password to view the login details for a given resource.


Accessing journal articles - 360 Link

The Library uses a linking service called 360 Link to connect you from your Summon search results to full-text articles. This seamless service allows you to discover resources and read the available content immediately on your device. Contact if you have any questions about this functionality or are experiencing issues with access to selected content.