All Online Library resources are password protected.
The Portal password and an Athens account are required to access most Online Library databases.
Some databases allow you to log in with both the Portal password or Athens account. 
Others require either the Portal password or an Athens account.
You therefore require both passwords to access your Online Library databases.

Portal Password

Students automatically receive portal usernames and a password on registration.
Login guides are provided for portal password access to databases, giving step-by-step instructions on how to log into that database with the Portal password.

Please note that SOAS students can only use an Athens account to access the Online Library.

Athens Account

Students must register for an Athens username and password.
To request an Athens Account submit the Athens Registration form, or email the Online Library Enquiry service at
Please include your 9-digit student number.

If you have forgotten your Athens password, click here to reset your password.

The Passwords FAQs give the answers to the most common password enquiries recieved by the Enquiry Service.

For further help contact the Enquiry Service.