Week beginning Monday 28th November:

  • The Library extension on the 2nd floor is open.
  • The 1st floor development work is progressing according to plan. We hope to re-open the floor early in the New Year.
  • We’ve moved all the books between floors and all stock is now available. Ask a member of library staff if you can’t find what you need.
  • Lots of new study space has opened up on the ground floor. Follow the signs on the ground floor.
  • Don't forget that there are additional study spaces at Chapman, Lady Hale and New Adelphi.

Easy access to resources

Off-campus access made easy

Over the summer we've made access to electronic resources from off-campus much easier for you. We recommend that you access resources in one of three ways.

  • Via SOLAR is the easiest and most effective method. Most of the View It links that you see in SOLAR will ask for your Salford network (Blackboard) username and password to log into the resource. You'll only have to do this once per session - the second time you click on a link, you won't need to login again.
  • The E-resource login tool can be used if you find a resource outside of SOLAR. See below for more of the benefits
  • If you use Google Scholar, then add Salford's Find It buttons to make logging into e-resources as easy as possible

E-resource login tool

If you are off-campus and reach an e-resource you're not logged into, the first thing to try is the E-resource login tool. To install, simply drag and drop the button below into your bookmarks bar.

A link will appear in your Favourites bar. When you're on a webpage and want to login, just click on this link to gain access. For more information, including how to use this on tablets, see the SOLAR blog

Please contact library-eresources@salford.ac.uk if you have any queries.

Other things to note

The majority of our e-resources are set up to use the new system. If you use SOLAR, then you'll always be directed to the best link. Please contact library-eresources@salford.ac.uk if you have any problems.

On some sites the old 'institution' login allowed you to personalise your account, saving searches or favourites, for example. Access to these features will now be different. Click the platform names below to see how these are affected:

The details

Our new system directs your web traffic via a hosted proxy server running EZproxy software. It works by showing a university IP address to the suppliers of E-resources. From this, suppliers know you belong to Salford and provide you access to the books, journals and databases the Library subscribes to or buys.

When you're using this service, you'll notice an extra bit of text in your address bar: salford.idm.oclc.org

You can configure some reference management tools to use this system. For example, for Papers on a Mac,

  • Go to Preferences > Sources
  • In the Library Proxy field enter the text
  • https://salford.idm.oclc.org/login?url=%@
  • Leave the Authentication URL field blank