Frequently Asked Questions


I can't find where to log in with my Athens password?

Our answer:

Go to the Online Library homepage and enter an article title, book title or research topic into the Summon search box in the middle of the page. 

The Online Library homepage

After you click on a search result in Summon, you will be asked how you want to sign in. Select OpenAthens.

The choose how to sign in page with Open Athens login option

If you don't see the OpenAthens option, open a different internet browser and try again.

Enter your Athens username and password, and you will be logged in.

The page where you enter your Athens username and password

You can also log into specific databases from your Study Programme page. Click on the key next to the database you want to access. You may then need to select OpenAthens. You will then be asked to enter your Athens username and password.

Step-by-step instructions on how to log into specific databases can be found in our Login Guides.

Only a small number of students need an Athens account. Almost all students can log into the Online Library with their Portal username and password. Take a look at the How do I login? FAQ for details.