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Online resources

How do I find online resources?

There are several ways you can search for electronic resources.

All online resources

  • Search for article titles, e-books, journal titles, databases and more using our search tool, CityLibrary Search
  • Check the Subject Guides for online resources recommended by your Subject Librarian
  • Use the tabs at the left hand side of this guide for more information about searching for databases, e-journals and articles

How do I log-in?

  • To log in to most online resources you will only need your City username and password
  • You can find details of all our online resources and their log-in instructions in the CityLibrary Search
  • Subject Librarians can offer you guidance on finding resources for your subject in one-to-one tutorials or you can view their subject pages
  • You can access most of our resources both on and off campus.  A small number are only available on campus

The login screen for most resources will display as follows:

  • The message displayed - Login to your Library Account. City students and staff. 
  • Enter your City username (e.g. abcd123) in the first field.
  • Then enter your City Password in the next field.
  • Select the 'forgot your password?" link to reset your password.
  • Select the Login button to continue. 
  • If you are a registered external user or alumni select the External user and alumni login button.

The appearance of the login screen varies for a small number of resources, but in these cases you can simply follow the directions given on the screen

Below is an example of another log in screen:

  • The message displayed - City University London Login Page. Please login...
  • Enter your username in the first field
  • Enter your password in the second field
  • Select the Login button

What if the resource needs a different username and password?

  • Occasionally you may need a username and password other than your City login details to access a resource
  • If this is the case, it will be specified under the resource that you are searching for via CityLibrary Search 

Business School online resources

Law online resources


Do I need an Athens account?

  • New library members do not need an Athens account

Who is eligible for an NHS Athens account?

  • Students on NHS-commissioned education programmes involving practice and placement with NHS provider services are now eligible to have access to NHS core content for the duration of their education programmes, rather than just on placement as previously
  • To access these resources you will need an NHS username and password
  • All you need to do is send an email to and just list your name, course and your City University email address and someone will get back to you with details.

If you have any further questions about Athens accounts, please contact us.

Useful links

Online resource access problems

If you are experiencing problems accessing:

  • a journal
  • a database
  • an e-book

please complete the login-problem report form.