Our Library holds large collections of print material such as books, journals and newspapers. There’s more online too, with access to thousands of eBooks, journal articles and theses.

Here’s a quick tour of what we have available for you and how to access it, whether it’s in person through click and collect or online from the comfort of wherever you’re studying. And remember if you have any questions about accessing material, just ask us online or through webchat and we’ll do our best to help.

Library Search

A student searches the shelves in the Library

To find the Library items you need, use the Library Search. You can find this on the Library homepage or in Minerva. Start by typing a keyword or phrase into the search box and then click Search.

You’ll see a list of all the Library resources that match your search terms. This list will be a combination of print and online resources.

You can limit your search using the dropdowns available on the homepage before searching or filter your results after searching so you only find exactly what you need. There are lots of tips for using Library Search on our Search help webpages.

Expert tip: if you know the book details, try searching with the author’s surname and one or two significant words from the title, and use the drop-down menu to change “All” to “Books”. This will really focus your results!

Online searching

A student uses her computer off-campus

If you are not coming on to campus, you might want to limit your search to only include ebooks and electronic resources. You can do this by clicking on advanced search underneath the search bar and then selecting the Available online option.


A student using Library Search on their iPad

We have over 120,000 ebooks available from over 20 providers, which means we have a tremendous range of titles. It also means that there are some differences in how you can access them, as access depends on the provider and the publisher.

These are the three most common ebook issues:

  • Limits on use
    Some titles have limits on how many people can use them at the same time. If you can’t access a title you will probably see a message indicating that the book is in use. If you see this then please try accessing the title again in five minutes or so. Please log out or close your browser window once you have finished, so others can access it.
  • Downloading and printing
    Some titles allow you complete access so you can download a chapter or the whole book and print it out (within copyright limits). However, some titles restrict how much you can print or copy. You can usually find out about any copyright restrictions on the ebook website.
  • Kindle compatibility
    There is no way to get our library ebooks onto a Kindle device, unless the PDFs are downloadable with no restrictions.


The shelves on the lower floors in the Brotherton Library

We’re working to make as much of your reading available online as possible, but there will probably be some items that are only available in print. If you want to borrow an item, please use our click and collect system and we will email you when your book is ready for you.

Books available for click and collect will have a “request” button in the full item record. Once you find what you’re looking for, request it. We will retrieve it from the shelves and issue your books to you – all you need to do is pick them up from the Edward Boyle Library.

You can keep the book for at least 7 days and we will keep on renewing it for you until someone else needs it.

A small amount of Library print material is kept out of the Library in the Library stores. At the moment this material is not available on our click and collect service, but please contact the Library if there is an item located in the Library stores that you need.

Databases and journal articles

A shelf showing journals in the West Building

To make it easier to find and access material in your subject area, we’ve grouped subject-specific databases together. These databases are great places to find relevant journal articles and other resources. You can browse the list of subject-specific databases or if you know the name of the database you want, you can find it through Library Search.

Libkey browser plugin

A student uses a computer in the Library

If you use Google Chrome, you can install a browser plug-in that could make finding the full text of journal articles easier.

LibKey Nomad automatically provides links to full text content, for articles we subscribe to or open access alternatives, as you do research on the web and come across literature. In each case, Nomad works with our collections information to figure out the fastest path to content across thousands of publisher websites.

After you install LibKey, select “University of Leeds”. When you visit a website with journal article content, a pop-up will appear with the online access link.

Get Libkey Nomad from the Chrome store

Google Scholar links

Students using short term PCs in the Library

If you use Google Scholar, we’ve made it easy for you to choose to show University of Leeds links in your results.

From the Google Scholar menu, go to Settings, then Library links, then search for Leeds. Choose University of Leeds: Check@Leeds from the list and save.


A student studying in the Skills Zone

You can find PhD and doctoral theses using our Library search – select theses from the Type dropdown before hitting search to only see theses that match your criteria. Unfortunately, we can’t retrieve print copies of Leeds theses held in the Library stores at the moment. But digital copies of our PhD theses might be available through the Electronic Theses Online Service provided by the British Library.

We also share White Rose eTheses Online with the universities of York and Sheffield, so you can see online theses from all three institutions with one search.

Resource Guides

Shelves filled with newspapers on microfiche

Our Resource Guides cover how to find all sorts of different types of resources, from government papers, psychology tests, clinical trials, maps, standards, statistics, law reports and more.

There’s also a brand new guide to primary sources available online – a great place to start for arts, humanities and social sciences research.

Can’t find it?

An aisle in the Library

If you are a current student or member of staff and find something in Library Search that you can’t access, contact us and we will try to help you find it.

It’s helpful if you can give us some information so we can help you more quickly:

  • full details of the book, journal article or database you are trying to find or access
  • how you have tried to access already – what link you followed in Library Search, or on a publisher site, what error message(s) you received
  • what browser you are using (eg Chrome, Edge, Firefox).

We are available online or through email from 9am–5pm every day and we’ll respond as soon as we possibly can.

If we don’t have an item physically or virtually in stock, you can also suggest a purchase and we will try to get an online copy.

Document Supply

A student studies on the floor in the West Building

If we don’t have access to something you need, use our Document Supply service to obtain Library items that are not available at any of our Libraries. The charge is £10 per request and is currently restricted to online material.

For more about using the Library, and for essential tips throughout the year, follow @UoLLibrary on Twitter.