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Coronavirus: Online library resources and support for students

Written by Dan Austin
Published date 23 March 2020

For further information about UAL's response to coronavirus, visit our information page.


As UAL moves to online teaching and learning, UAL’s Library Service is here to help you through the provision of online resources and support for students and researchers at all levels of study and across all subject areas.

Our online provision includes the use of digital platforms, e-resources, online tools and the development of new ways of working.

Please also read the library FAQs.


E-books, e-journals and databases

Using your UAL username and password, you can access all online resources off campus via our website.

This is the scale of our online resources:

  • In 2018/19 we purchased 17,000 e-book titles.
  • The majority of our 50,000 journal titles are available full-text online, as print is now only purchased for magazines with high image content.
  • The library subscribes to 184 databases, covering all our areas of study, and often providing direct access to full-text articles or data.
  • In 2018/19 410,529 full text articles were accessed by staff and students.
  • In 2018/19 our e-books were accessed over a million times.

Other online resources and services

  • Digital learning: Linkedin Learning provides access to videos to support creative practice, business skills and technology training.
  • TV and radio: Box of Broadcasts provides access to TV and radio programmes from numerous channels.
  • DVDs and CDs: We are moving away from purchasing DVDs and CDs, which need to be borrowed from the library, to providing online streaming media services such as Kanopy, which is available off campus.
  • Copyright and referencing tools: citethemright, RefworksMendeley and Zotero are online tools that are particularly useful if you are writing a dissertation.

Library subject guides

If you want to know what is available within your discipline or on a particular theme, you can check our subject guides via LibGuides.

These guides list key online resources, as well as the contact details of course librarians.


Online services

If you have a question about online resources, please visit ASK where you can view a list of frequently asked questions and answers. You will also be able to view contact details to ask additional questions via phone, text or Twitter.

You can also contact the Academic Support Librarian for your course on Moodle or by going the Your Librarian section of our website.


Support for researchers

The British Library, Wellcome Institute, National Art Library, and many other university libraries and archives are now closed, although most of them will have some level of digital service. Articles from journals not held by UAL libraries in an online format can still be obtained through our inter-library loan service.

If researchers need additional help in sourcing information we will give them tailored support. Advice for these students and staff can be found online.

Support and advice can also be provided in relation to archives and special collections. More information and relevant contact details are available here.

The Scholarly Communications Team will advise on all aspects of scholarly communication and uploading of research outputs to UAL Research Online by email or through online means.


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