Screenshot of online resouces including Kanopy, ScienceDirect and JStor.

October 29, 2019, by Emma

Library Acccess – introducing a new way to access online resources

We are introducing a new way for students and staff to get quick and easy access to online study and research materials such as journals, databases, ebooks or other websites when working off campus.

What is Library Access?

Install the Library Access browser extension to receive notifications when you’re visiting websites that contain content the University subscribes to. If you’re working off campus, Library Access will prompt you to log in to access the content without having to visit the Library website first.

If the material you’d like to use doesn’t seem available, Library Access will automatically check for open access versions of the article.

University of Nottingham Libraries are piloting this service this year and want your feedback so we can continue to make improvements.

For more information, visit

How do I get started?

Library Access icon in browser toolbar including pop up message 'Library Access has access to this site'

Library Access is available for laptop and desktop computers and the following browsers: Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Safari and Opera.

1. Install the Library Access browser extension

2. Select University of Nottingham as your institution.

3. The Library Access icon should now show in your browser bar

4. When visiting a website that the University has a subscription for, follow the instructions in the Library Access pop up for quick and easy access to the licensed content.

Browser icons

Library Access browser extension icon showing green

The browser extension shows an icon in the bookmarks bar and works like a traffic light.

Green icon – you have access to material on that website

Orange icon – there is a notification message to read

Grey icon – the extension is inactive or you don’t have access

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