Students Based Off Campus

Whether you're a student based off campus in the UK or overseas, you can access a wide range of resources and support from the University Library. 

Help and support is available in a number of ways outlined below. If you have any questions about our services, please get in touch.

First Steps and Logging-In

Members of the University of Wolverhampton are able to use a large number of electronic databases, journals and books.

Using these electronic resources requires logging in with your University IT account username and password; you are then recognised as a valid user.

Your username will typically be your University of Wolverhampton student (or staff) number (not your email address), and the same password that you use to access e.g. Canvas and University email accounts.

Your IT account will be activated during enrolment. Advice about password issues is available on the ITS Self Help pages or you can contact IT Services on +44 (0)1902 322000 or

Accessing Resources from LibrarySearch and Databases A-Z 

The first time you click on a link to an electronic resource from these sources you may be prompted to log in. If an Authentication Required box appears, use your IT username (student or staff number, not your email address) and password.

 Authentication prompt for electronic resources

Dialogue box might vary in appearance depending on browser. You should then be taken to the resource.

Accessing a Resource Directly

It is generally easier to follow a link from our website or library catalogue to access a resource. If you go directly to a resources website you can still log in, providing we have a subscription to that resource.

You need to find the option to log in on the resource page. It may be called any of the following:

  • Shibboleth login
  • Institutional login
  • Log in via your institution

Please note that the University no longer uses the Athens system for authentication so please look for one of the options listed above.

  1. Depending on the interface, you may be asked to select your region. Select United Kingdom (UK Access Management Federation)from the list.
  2. Select University of Wolverhampton from the list of institutions. Depending on the interface, you may have to select it from a drop down list, or you can start to type the name to filter the list.
  3. Click the login/continue button
  4. If you are prompted for authentication, use your IT username and password.

Many resources now use a standard Where Are You From (WAYF) page:

Select University of Wolverhampton from the list of institutions when promptedSelect the University of Wolverhampton as our institution to authenticate. Here it has remembered our institution

The page will remember your previous selection until the end of your session, so you may only need to click on University of Wolverhampton.

Further Help

Please check the list of frequently asked questions on the FAQ page. If you are still having problems please contact us.


We have a wide range of eResources available to all students – these include eBooksjournal articles, and online databases

To log in to eResources, you will need to use the following details:

    • Username: student number
    • Password: IT password
  • If you have any issues with logging in, you can contact us by calling 01902 32 1333, emailing, or via ASSIST.

The University provides access to thousands of ebooks and ejournals. Wherever possible, we buy ebook versions of the books recommended on course reading lists, as well as ebooks for background reading.

You can:

  • read them on mobile devices
  • print and download sections according to copyright law and publishers’ allowances
  • have 24-hour access, on and off campus
  • do keyword searches, make notes and export details to reference management systems like RefWorks.

You can find ebooks and ejournal articles using LibrarySearch. First, put your keywords into the library catalogue’s search box then use the drop-down menu to select ebooks or articles and click Search.


If you want to access an ebook, click on its title. Sign in with your University IT account username and password if requested.

eBook Dawsons

Our ebooks come from different sources, so how you use them and how they look can vary.  

For help using ebooks, try our FAQs or refer to the ebooks’ own help pages.

Improving Your Academic Skills

Skills for Learning

Skills for Learning offer a wide range of online tutorials and study guides to help you improve your academic study skills. These include academic writing, critical thinkingreferencing and much more. 

The Skills for Learning webpages can be found here

If you want specific help with academic skills contact the Skills Team:

Using Other Libraries

In the UK

If you are a student or member of staff at Wolverhampton, you may also be able to visit other university libraries that are members of SCONUL. You can apply for access through SCONUL Once you have received a confirmation email, please contact the institution you would like to visit to arrange this.

During the course of your study you may wish to make use of resources at other libraries:

To find your local Public Library in England and Wales

Outside the UK

  • WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. Select ‘Find a Library’ to search for a library near you.

For more information contact 

Further Support

For help with any aspect of our library services, please contact us through one of the channels below.  

  • You can talk to us via ASSIST, our online chat service, any time of the day or night

Assist is available 24/7, 365 days of the year.  Our staff are happy to help from 8.45am until 7.15pm on weekdays and from 10.15am until 6.45pm at weekends. Outside of these hours queries will be answered by librarians at other institutions who will be able to answer most enquiries and refer any others back to Wolverhampton staff if needed.

If you want specific help with academic skills contact the Skills Team:

You might find the help you want in our FAQs or our Logging in page.