Frequently Asked Questions


How do I login?

Our answer:

You can log into all Online Library resources using your Portal username and password. This is the same username and password you use to log into your Virtual Learning Environment. Your Portal username is usually your initials followed by some numbers, e.g. ab123.

If you are on a SOAS course (such as CeFIMS, CeDEP or Global Diplomacy), you need to log into the Online Library with an Athens account. To request one, please complete the Athens registration form.

To access Online Library resources, search Summon, the search box on the homepage. After you click on one of the search results, you will be taken to the website of one of our databases. Each database has a different website, so how you login varies between databases.

Because it is not always obvious how to login, we have written some login guides which explain how to log into a database step-by-step.

You can also login from your programme gateway. From your gateway, you can log directly into the database you need and then search within the database.

When you login, you will be asked to choose whether to log in with your Portal password or your Athens password, as shown below. OpenAthens is another name for your Athens account.

The page which asks you to choose how to sign in. Select the first option to login with your Portal password, or select the second option to login with an Athens account

If you see the page below, you can still login using your Athens account on the left side of the page under ‘Sign in with an OpenAthens account’. Or you can login using your Portal password by typing and selecting ‘University of London – Online Library’ from the list of institutions on the right side of the page under ‘Find your organisation’. 

The page which asks you to sign in with an OpenAthens account, which also has a 'Find your organisation' option on the right side

A pop-up will appear, where you can choose ‘University of London Online Library (Portal Login)’. 

The pop-up which asks you to choose how to sign in

You will then be asked for your Portal username and password.

The page where you enter your Portal username and password

You can reset your Portal password using the link under 'Forgotten password?' on the Portal login page.

To reset your Athens password, follow the instructions on the How do I reset my Athens password? FAQ.

If you are new to the Online Library, take a look at our Online Library in a Nutshell guide.

If you have any problems logging in, please contact the Online Library team.