Using the Library menu


QMUL offers students and staff a range of books, journals, databases and media in electronic formats. These can be found through the library home page using the search box and the E-journals & Databases list and can be accessed on or off campus on a variety of devices.

Service Status:

Sciencedirect: For links that result in the SD-009 error there are a few known workarounds to get to the full text: (1) use the browse journal feature and navigate to the content, or (2) on the full results menu try the “Search CrossRef for a DOI link” option.  While not great workarounds these will in most cases lead to the full text. If you still cannot access the article please send details of the article to and we will look into the problem. Proquest expect to have a fix for the issue by the 21st.

Browser Error with off-campus access (mostly Chrome and Safari): The error message is due to your browser flagging a concern over the encryption level used by our server security certificate.  We are implementing a change that will resolve this.  For Chrome: In the mean time you can still access the library resources by clicking on “ADVANCED” (below the error message) and selecting “Proceed to…” – once you have done this for the first time you will not need to again (unless you clear your browser cookies). For Safari the equivalent actions should give access.

Queen Mary journal of intellectual property: There are intermittent issues with off-campus access to this title. The publishers are working to resolve the problem.



JoVE Science Education Trial Modules. We now have trial access to General Laboratory Techniques, Essentials of Biology 1: yeast, Drosophila and C. elegans and Essentials of Biology 2: Mouse, Zebrafish, and Chick. Access runs until 28/02/2017.

We now have trial access to the Drama Online platform. Ends 28/02/2017 and includes the following. Drama Online Main Collection: 1,100+ playtexts from pre-eminent theatre lists such as Methuen Drama, Faber and Faber, and Arden Shakespeare, as well as contextual and critical background through scholarly works and practical guides. Shakespeare’s Globe On Screen: Over twenty stunning Shakespeare productions (with more to follow) recorded live on stage in high definition. Critically acclaimed productions and award-winning performances from leading actors such as Mark Rylance and Stephen Fry. Stage on Screen: Major early modern drama titles staged and filmed specifically for educational use: Doctor Faustus, The Duchess of Malfi, Volpone and School for Scandal. Accompanied by cast and crew interviews. Hamlet the Film: The first online debut for this sell-out hit starring Maxine Peake. Shakespeare in the Present: A Shakespeare acting masterclass from top international acting coach Patsy Rodenburg starring Joseph Fiennes. L.A. Theatre Works: 350 audio recordings from the most important audio theatre company in America. Highlights include iconic modern literary works, Pulitzer prize-winning titles and leading American playwrights such as Arthur Miller, David Mamet and Eugene O’Neill. Nick Hern Books: 400 modern plays from specialist theatre publisher Nick Hern Books featuring pre-eminent playwrights including Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, and Caryl Churchill. BBC Drama Films: Film adaptions of core curriculum plays from Sophocles, Anton Chekhov, Henrik Isben and Oscar Wilde alongside modern classics such as Copenhagen, by playwright Michael Frayn, starring Daniel Craig. Hollow Crown Series 1 & 2: Shakespeare’s history plays featuring a star-studded cast including: Benedict Cumberbatch, Ben Whishaw, Judi Dench, Hugh Bonneville, and Tom Hiddleston.


Library Discovery shows which resources are available, and when off-campus helps direct you through the authentication process to the material you need.

The search box offers basic and advanced options. The basic search is wide ranging and allows you to discover material relating to a subject. The search can be refined using the options on the left of the result page. The advanced search allows you to search for specific titles and articles and add refinements at an earlier stage.

The E-journals & Database list allows you to view and search e-journal titles and access ranges and find databases.

If you would like help or advice on using Library Discovery please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian. Details can be found in the Subject Guides.

Our E-resource subscriptions and purchases are available to those affiliated to the College and there is a process of authentication. You may be requested to enter your Queen Mary username and password.

For General problems with your Queen Mary user name and password, (usually those that effect access to QMplus, email and resources), should be reported to the IT Helpdesk, phone 8888 or email.


For most e-resources on-campus authentication is seamless, resources will know you are accessing via the College network and allow access.

A few will still require you to enter your Queen Mary username and password and you will be prompted to do so. For others you may need to register or use the login on the platform page. 


When accessing e-resources off-campus it is necessary to authenticate using your Queen Mary username and password. This can be done using the red banner which displays at the top of the Library Discovery page when off-campus or when prompted as you click through to an item.

As mentioned in the On-campus section a few items may still require you to re-enter your Queen Mary username and password, you will be prompted to do this. For others you may need to register or find the login on the platform page.

If you are having problems accessing resources, please see the Service Status section below for known problems. The help section has contact details and lists information we may require. Please feel free to contact us with any e-resource issues.


We have a Selection of logins that you can view on this page.

QMUL library e-journals can be found through the E-journals & Databases list. It shows available titles and the date ranges of our subscriptions. Articles can be found using the basic and advanced searches accessed from the homepage. Library Discovery will try to link you directly to the article but this is not always possible. In such cases you will then be directed to the journal or database page, where you will need to search for the article again.

Due to the large amount of data within Library Discovery errors do occur. We encourage you to contact us with these errors, it allow us to improve the service and help you access resources.

QMUL library e-books are found through the library search boxes (basic and advanced) and are sourced from different platforms and publishers. There may be restrictions on the number of users allowed to access a title at a time. Publishers and copyright owners determine how much of any particular e-book can be downloaded or printed, and you are generally not able to download or print an entire e-book.

To dowload and read VLEbooks you will need Adobe Digital Editions and an AdobeID. The VLEbooks page on Adobe Digital Editions help can be found here.

E-book FAQs and useful information for our main providers can be found here:



Macs: Dawsonera books can be read on Macs but you need to have Adobe Reader installed and set as your default PDF viewer. Dawsonera e-books don’t work with Preview.

If you are unsure of how to change the preferences IT services should be able to help you.

Databases are listed on the E-journals & Databases list and can be accessed through the links displayed. If you would like help or advice on using the databases please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian. Details can be found in the Subject Guides.

Reading Lists are created, managed and maintained by academics and provides students with easy access to relevant lists, and to materials on those lists, through links to the Library catalogue, electronic books and journals, and other resources.

Most online resources will work in the same way as items accessed from the library catalogue and are titles QMUL has bought or subscribed to. Readings Lists may also include free resources and items available from Senate House Library and other sources.

If there are problems accessing an item you may be able to find it on the library catalogue. If you find it on the catalogue but still can't access the resource please contact us with the details. Any other issues need to be reported to your course administrator.

More information on Reading Lists Online can be found here.  

If you are having problems accessing any of these resources please e-mail us the details at

When contacting us please provide as much information as possible, this will help us isolate the issue and minimise the time it takes to resolve. Are you are on or off campus? Are you using a Windows machine or a Mac? Describe the steps you take from your starting point to the issue, any error messages etc. Screenshots & screencasts can also be helpful.

Known issues and reported problems will be listed in our Service Status section.

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