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online access to resources for visitors


As guests to the Library, you may access many of our online resources for the time that you're in the building. Please note:

  • computers, laptops and DVD viewing equipment are not available to visitors (you would need to bring your own device)
  • access to our online resources is only available in the Library building
  • you may be blocked from some resources as some publishers specify that their content should only be accessed by Aston University members
  • you are only permitted to use our online resources for the purpose of education, teaching, distance learning, private study and/or research

In order to access our online resources, you need to bring your own device into the Library, request a username and password from the Help desk, and log in to the Aston-LIS-Visitors network. Access to the Library's online resources is not available via The Cloud network.


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What can I access?


Online articles
You may see a PDF or HTML link to an article in your results list. These are restricted materials that are available only to Aston members. If you see a record for an online article that has a  icon underneath it, then click on this to link through to the article on the publisher’s site. If you’re prompted for a username and password to access the full-text of the article, then this will be content that is restricted to Aston members only.

If you know the name of the database that you would like to use (i.e. Business Source Premier, ScienceDirect etc.), use the search box on this page to search for it by name. Use the “On-campus” link to gain access. If you’re prompted for a username and password, then this will be a resource that is restricted to Aston members only.

Search for the title of the e-journal in the search box on this page and click on Link to Aston’s Holdings or the  icon to link through to it. If you’re prompted for a username and password, then the full-text of the e-journal will be restricted to Aston members only.

If you come across any e-books during your searches, it is likely that you will be blocked from accessing them as the majority of our e-book providers restrict access to Aston members only.

Alumni members
If you are an Alumnus of Aston University there are specific resources that the Library has negotiated access for.  Please see the Alumni LibGuide for further information.

Restricted resources

While you're entitled to access many of our subscribed online resources while you're in the Library, the following online resources will not be available to you due to licencing restrictions:

  • Adforum
  • Bloomberg
  • BMJ Journals
  • British Library Archive Sound Recordings
  • Digimap
  • Eikon
  • Fame
  • IBISWorld
  • Ingenta
  • Learning on Screen
  • Lexis Plus
  • Nexis UK
  • Orbis 
  • Passport
  • Practical Law
  • SciFinder
  • The Economist
  • TRILT (Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching)
  • VLeBooks
  • Westlaw (incl. Lawtel)
  • WGSN Lifestyle
  • World Scientific