We provide access to thousands of e-resources from a wide range of publishers, easily accessible from home or on campus.

Our full list of providers can be found on our E-books FAQs page.

Accessing e-books and other e-resources

On campus

To access all our e-resources while on campus, just log in to our Library Search and explore what's available.

Off campus

To access e-resources off campus:

  • log in to the Library Search
  • enter a topic, title or other keyword/s into the search box
  • in the results, check whether the items you're interested in have an 'online resource' link
  • click on the 'online resource' link
  • in the screen that appears, scroll down to the 'View online' section
  • click on the link to the publisher or database
  • you may need to sign in, so look for the option 'log in via your home institution' or 'Shibboleth login'
  • enter your University username and password

Note that you will not be able to log in via Athens, AthensDA or Openthens.

You may also find the Accessing e-books videos helpful.

Downloading e-books

Some of our e-books can be downloaded to your computer for reading later:

Chapters from DRM-free (Digital Rights Management) e-books can be downloaded and saved, within the legal limit of one chapter or 5% of an e-book.

For more details on what you can download, have a look at our E-books FAQs page.

Copying and printing e-books

You can print and copy from most e-books within certain limits set down by copyright law and our licence agreements.

Some publishers use DRM (Digital Rights Management) technology to limit the amount you can print and copy. You will usually be told what the limits are when you try to print or copy from the e-books.

We also have access to a range of DRM-free e-books. You may legally print or copy one chapter or 10% (whichever is greater) of a DRM-free e-book.

E-journals and articles

We have more than 60,000 academic, professional/trade and general e-journals, containing up-to-date articles on recent topics.

Academic (scholarly) peer-reviewed journal articles provide high-quality research material on specific topics with a level of currency, detail and specificity that may not be found in books.

For details on accessing our e-journals, download our finding articles in e-journals and journals guide:


We subscribe to nearly 200 databases, giving you access to reliable and authoritative information for your assignments and research.

If you know the name of a database, you can search for it on Library Search. Alternatively visit our Library Guides website, which contains a range of information on subject- and course-specific resources.

WestminsterResearch – our research repository

WestminsterResearch is our online institutional repository. It holds the research output of Westminster academics, including articles, books, PhD theses, research papers, reports, audio-visual material and more. Depending on the copyright status, some items are available as full text and some as bibliographic data.

Repositories from other institutions can be searched via:

  • OpenDOAR – Open access repositories around the world
  • CORE – An aggregated search from repositories around the world
  • OAIster – A union catalogue of more than 30 million items from 1500 institutions

Need help finding the right e-resources?

If you want help finding the right e-books, journals, databases or other resources, visit our Library Guides website.