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Access to electronic resources

As a student or employee at Umeå University, you have access to the library’s databases, e-books and electronic journals no matter where you are. Log in to the library search tool to gain full access to our electronic resources. If you do not have a Umu-id you are welcome to visit the library and access our e-resources via our computers.

Problems accessing e-resources?

If you are not connected via eduroam, you may have problems accessing our e-resources. The problem can be resolved by turning off IPv6 on your computer. Contact your system administrator or ITS if you need help with this.

Full access via the library search tool

Log in to the library search tool to find and gain access to all our e-resources. Use your Umu-id to log in.

Once you have logged in to the library search tool, you have access to 

  • all our electronic resources
  • login details to databases that require a special login
  • full search results when using the search tool. 

Access via the university network

When you are connected to the internet via the university network, you automatically gain access to most of the library’s e-resources. There are two WiFi networks on campus: Eduroam and Umu wlan. The library's computers and computers in offices on campus are also connected to the university network.

Other ways to get access

Use the library proxy

You will not be automatically recognised as a Umeå university user when you access our e-resources via reference lists or external search engines (unless you are connected to the university network). In order to gain access, use the library proxy.

Add a proxy prefix to the web address

Follow these steps to use the library proxy:

  1. Copy this proxy prefix: https://proxy.ub.umu.se/login?url=
  2. Paste the proxy prefix in front of the web address of the page you want to access.
  3. Press the enter button to reload the page.

The page will reload via the proxy and you will gain access to the electronic resource.

Add a proxy bookmarklet to your browser for quick access

You can save an automatic proxy prefix as a bookmark in your browser for quick access to library e-resources. The so-called bookmarklet functions as a button you can click to gain access.

The easiest way to create the bookmarklet is to edit a regular bookmark:

  1. Bookmark a web page – any page will do.
  2. Copy this string of information: javascript:location.href='http://proxy.ub.umu.se/login?url='+location.href
  3. Access and edit the bookmark. Remove the previous web address from the bookmark and replace it with the string copied in step 2.
  4. You may also change the name of the bookmark if you wish. For example, “Proxy e-resources”, or whichever name you find appropriate.

When you want to gain access to an e-resource that requires you to log in you just need to click your bookmark. The proxy prefix is added automatically, the page will reload, and you’ll have gained access to the resource.

VPN – just like the office but at home

Employees at Umeå university can use VPN (virtual private network) to access university services from home or remotely. When using VPN you will automatically be able to access most of the library’s e-resources, just like when you are sitting in an office on campus.

Access the university’s systems remotely via VPN (in Swedish only)

The general public may gain access via the library’s computers

Using the library’s computers will give you access to almost all of our electronic resources. This is the only way to gain access if you

  • have no Umu-id (if you are not a student or an employee at Umeå University)
  • do not have access to the wireless network Eduroam via another institution.
Latest update: 2024-03-26