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Finding resources


With learning and teaching moving online across King's from 23rd March, Libraries & Collections already offer a variety of support and learning options online.

You can find more details on our KLaSS Online guide.

Accessing our online collections

Libraries & Collections provides access to a wide range of eresources for its students and staff, many of these databases and ejournals are available off-campus.


Libraries & Collections subscribes to over 25,000 electronic journals which are available to staff and students of King’s College as well as providing access to thousands more open- access or freely available titles. If you are off campus then you will need to log in using your King’s username and password for most resources.


King’s subscribes to a broad range of electronic databases which can help you find articles and information for your research. The type of database you should use will depend on your subject area. Guidance on which databases to use can be found on the on the subject support pages. You can search or browse for databases using A-Z Databases.   If you are off campus then you will need to log in using your King’s username and password for most resources.


Libraries & Collections provides you with access to over 390,000 ebooks covering a wide range of subjects. Most ebook platforms can be accessed off campus using your usual King’s username and password. Ebook Central is an ebook platform that allows King’s to make a greater range of ebooks available to our users that we couldn't afford to purchase outright, by allowing them to be “borrowed” for twenty-four hours.  Currently, we have access to over 200,000 titles through the EBL platform. EBL can be accessed through A-Z Databases by searching the databases for EBL.  You will need to log in with your King’s username and password.

Library Catalogues

The Library Catalogue is one of a selection of search tools that you can use to find print and electronic library materials held by King’s.

Library Search is a single search interface enabling you to simultaneously search the library's collections and more, including the library catalogue, millions of scholarly eresources such as journal articles, the College archives, and King's repository (and the repositories of over 50 other universities). It provides credible, relevance ranked results from King’s Library Services online and print collections in a single search. There is also a video Introducing Library Search and a Library Search FAQ web page 

Try using Library Search when you might otherwise search the Library catalogue. Library Search is particularly useful if you are new to a topic, you are unsure what you are looking or if you need to widen your search.


 Click here for help and guidance regarding using Library Catalogues.

Accessing eresources

When you access eresources off campus, you will always have to log in using one of the methods listed here. If you are using the remote app to access eresources, you will normally still need to log into the resource as well. If you do not log in you will not gain access to the full range of content available to you. 

You can log into most eresources using your King’s username and password, the same details you use to log into student computers.

Popular eresources - Login instructions

Most of King's electronic resources are available off-campus, so if you are looking for some assistance with how to begin, here you will find a list of popular eresources with login instructions. Listed below are a selection of popular databases for a variety of disciplines:

NHS eresources

NHS staff can register for an NHS OpenAthens username and password, either by self-registering at or contacting

Once you have registered you can use the NHS OpenAthens account to access NHS eresources (databases, journals, ebooks and elearning) from any computer with Internet access. Click here for further details.

Some NHS staff may be eligible for a King’s College London Affiliate account. Full details on applying for an account including the relevant form and signatory requirements can be found on the Accounts for Affiliated Staff page.

Contact us

If you require further assistance, contact Libraries & Collections staff during staffed opening hours or submit an online enquiry.

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