How to access Library resources from home (off-campus)

While measures are in place to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Library has suspended face to face services and shifted towards online provision of services. The Library building is now closed to library users.

When you’re at the University, using either WiFi or a PC, you are automatically identified as a University of Bath user via your IP address. This allows you to access Library-subscribed resources even when using search engines such as Google. If you try to do the same thing at home, you are likely to be facing paywalls, because the journal or e-book homepage cannot identify you as a University user.

Off-campus access to electronic resources

To avoid that situation, we would always recommend that you use the Library catalogue to find and access sources of information, whether e-journals or e-books. You can perform a title or keyword search from the catalogue search bar on the Library homepage, then limit your search result to show ‘full text online’ results only. This will filter out print books and journals:

Filter your catalogue results to display 'Full Text Online' results only

Once you have identified the resource you want to access; click on the green ‘online access’ or ‘full text available’ link to be given a list of access options (under the ‘view it’ header):

Viewing results for electronic resources via the catalogue

Clicking on the link after ‘full text available at:’ will take you to the single sign-on page where you will need to enter your University login and password. Once logged in you will be taken to the page for the resource. You can check that you are correctly identified as a University user if you spot a message saying ‘Access provided by the Library/University of Bath’. This message may not appear on all platforms.

Resources for your subject

The Library’s online resources for all Departments/the School, including guidance, information literacy support, tutorials and the exam papers database etc, are linked from the Library’s Resources for your subject pages. These pages are available via the Library homepage.

The Library provides access to over 200 electronic databases and other subscription services, many of which offer full-text content. Your subject pages list curated sets of these services and use proxy links to enable ease of access and authentication off-campus. You may find it helpful to bookmark your subject page and/or the links you will use the most.

TIP:  for those using Google Scholar, you can set its Library Links on your own device to point to our resources where indexed. Click the hamburger menu in the top left, click settings, then search for and save ‘University of Bath’ from the ‘Library links’ option.

Do I need to use VPN to access Library e-resources?

In general, you do not need to use VPN or remote desktop (UniDesk) to access the electronic resources provided by the Library (e.g. electronic books, journals, articles, databases, etc). The links we provide to these from the Library catalogue and the Resources for your subject webpages are routed through EZproxy, which does not require repeated logins because it uses Single Sign-on. It is a reliable system and will also log you in to certain websites that do not use IP address authentication (e.g. O’Reilly Learning; Construction Information Service). Unless a specific website recommends it, you do not need to use VPN.

(Note: VPN is not required for remote access to your University desktop (UniDesk), software (UniApps) or to access to your files on the H: or X: drive (

DD&T guidance

Please note that the above advice works to access Library resources. If you need to access University systems and software you may need to use UniApps or a VPN:

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