Q. How do I access eresources?


Libraries & Collections provides access to a wide range of eresources for its students and staff. Many of these databases and ejournals are available off-campus.

When accessing eresources we recommend that you use our links to databases and ejournals which make it easier if you have to log in.

Logging in with your King’s username

You can log into most eresources using your King’s username and password, the same details you use to log into student computers.

We use a system of authentication called Shibboleth but there are various links to look out for when logging into an eresource. The most common ones are:

• Log in via your institution
• Institutional Login
• Log in with Shibboleth
• Shibboleth users go here
• Log in via UK Access Management Federation
• Login via UK Federation
• Login via UK HE Federation

Please note the username is your 'K number' followed by '@kcl.ac.uk'.

For a few eresources that do not offer Shibboleth we use a different authentication system. For these the login screen will say ‘King's Library proxy’. This screen appears only if you search for eresources using our databases and ejournals links, so it is important to start your search there.

Login instructions for popular eresources

Here is a list of popular eresources with login instructions, the tips and notes contain additional useful information for the eresource.

Specific passwords

A small number of ejournals and databases require a username and password specific to that resource.

If a database requires a specific password, you will see the icon ‘Specific Password’ next to it in our list of Databases

If an ejournal requires a specific password, you will see ‘Password required’ when you click on the journal’s information icon (i) on our list of Ejournals

The full list of passwords can be found on the eresources passwords internal webpage (King's users only). Please note that if you are accessing this page from home you will have to log in.

Accessing eresources off campus

When you access eresources off campus, you will always have to log in using one of the methods above. If you do not log in you will not gain access to the full range of content available to you.

Click here for step-by-step login instructions for a number of popular eresources

NHS access to eresources

Eresources for NHS staff are primarily accessed using NHS OpenAthens rather than the university systems.  Via NHS OpenAthens you have access from any computer to considerable collections of ejournals, ebooks and other resources.  Building on this it is possible to access the majority of King’s College London ejournals via the student computers within the libraries using a King’s computing account issued when you join the library. 

If you work closely with, but are not directly employed by, King’s College London you may be eligible for Affiliate status which includes remote access to universities eresources.

Please see the NHS staff Library Guide for more information.

Help & support 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties accessing eresources, contact Libraries & Collections

There are details of key resources for every subject and help & support available on the Library Guides.


  • Last Updated Jun 01, 2020
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  • Answered By Pete Garner

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