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Library Services during Covid-19

Access to Library resources for teaching

The Library is here to support your online teaching.  The information here explains how to share Library resources easily so you can access them from anywhere.  Library online resources are designed to prompt a log in which should be familiar to all.

Need help?

We understand these are exceptional circumstances, if you need any guidance on using Library resources for online teaching please email your Academic Subject Librarian.

Library resources to support your teaching and assessment

Whilst teaching online you may wish to direct your students to:

  • Ebooks. These are available through the Library website or you can explore the ebook platforms to discover material available electronically.  If an ebook isn't currently available email your Academic Subject Librarian with the details of the resource - we will purchase ebook access wherever possible.
  • Digitised book chapters. If an ebook isn't available we may be able to make a chapter available as a digitised reading. These are available through the electronic reading lists, and are scanned copies of book extracts or journal articles which are not otherwise available online from the University Library. Request via your reading list or email your Academic Subject Librarian with the details of the resource and the module to find out more.
  • Journal articles. You can link to any electronic journals available via the Library website. More advice for sharing library resources is available below.

If you have any queries regarding access to resources during this period please email your Academic Subject Librarian

Sharing Library Resources

Reading Lists

In the first instance material should be available to students via our online Talis Aspire Reading Lists. You should already have one set up, available to students via a link from Blackboard (if you don't please email your Academic Subject Librarian). 

Reading lists include links to print and online materials available from the Library, including digitised book and journal chapters, ebooks and electronic journals. Where an item is available in print only please email your Academic Subject Librarian to discuss ebook or digitisation options to support teaching and assessment.

Online access in Reading Lists

All "View Online" items on the list have off campus access and this is the best way to direct students to essential or recommended readings. 

You can also share a link to an item from the reading list:

  • Click the item in the reading list.
  • Click the 3 dots icon
  • Select the share icon.
  • Copy the link that appears and paste this into any email or discussion thread. Students will then be prompted to use their University credentials to gain access. 

More information is available in our guide to Talis Aspire Reading Lists.


Sharing Library resources using Permalinks

While reading lists are the preferred method of access, you may need to share links to other resources whilst supporting students. You can do this in two ways:

  1. Link directly to an item on the Library website. These URLs should start and link directly to pages on our website. The "View Online" option should then redirect you and your students to an online copy if one exists.
  2. Use persistent or permalinks in the Library Advanced Search: 

Persistent links (sometimes called permalinks) should be used rather than the url in the address bar to remove any browser session details.

In the Library Advanced Search the persistent link shows up in the "Detailed Record" which appears when you click on the resource title. The "Permalink" is located under the "Tools" menu:

Image of permalinks in Advanced Search or EbscoHost. The permalink to a resource is located under the tools menu.


The persistent link may be known as a permalink, document URL, persistent URL, durable link/URL, or stable link/URL. Other Library databases and other sites will have a similar option.

If you need any guidance or support in using or linking to these resources please email your Academic Subject Librarian.

Troubleshooting Tips

Occasionally you may experience difficulties accessing online Library resources. If this happens try the following:

  • Make sure you're using a Library Link. These should prompt you to log in first.
  • Clear your browser cache, for all time when prompted (How do I do this?)
  • Try a different browser - we recommend Google Chrome.
  • Check whether we have access. It may be it's not something we subscribe to so check the electronic journals to see if we should have access.
  • Use an alternative log in route - look for "Log in via my institution", or "Log in via Shibboleth". 

E-resources help

If you are still experiencing access issues please let us know via our feedback form: