Accessibility statement

Library resources for international students

To be successful in your studies you will need to read around the subject and find your own information. You won't get good grades if you rely on one or two core text books. To do this, you'll need to search our resources:

Library catalogue

Search YorSearch, our Library catalogue to find out if the Library has item that you need. YorSearch is available from any computer with internet access.

The Library catalogue is an electronic list of all our library items including books and ebooks, journals and ejournals, theses, DVDs and newspapers.

You can use the Library catalogue to search for library items and it will tell you:

  • which library or libraries have an item in stock
  • if an item is available to borrow
  • the item's location
  • useful details about the book, for example the edition.

For an introduction to using the Library catalogue, view our YorSearch slideshow: 


To gain access to the Library's e-resources you will need to go through one of the following:

When prompted to log in, enter your IT Services username and password.

Trying to access one of our databases, ejournals or ebooks via another route (for example, by identifying the e-resource on Google) will not give you full access to that resource.

Browse our E-resources by Category and select Reference to view our online dictionaries. If you want to hear how the word is spoken use Oxford Language Dictionaries Online, or view the pronunciation of the word on Oxford English Dictionary Online.

E-resources Guide

Our E-resources Guide is an electronic list of all the electronic resources taken by the Library.

Browse through the e-resources we have for your subject, alphabetically, or for a particular category (for example, newspapers or statistics).



Search a subject database to find further items to read (eg journal articles on a specific topic) for your assignments or research.

You can find advice on the best databases to use for your subject on your Subject Guide, and get help from your Academic Liaison Librarian if you need to find out how to search a database.

Study off campus

You can access all the Library's e-resources on or off campus as long as you have internet access, and your IT Services username and password.

For information on how to access the University's network off campus, please see IT Services' page:

Public libraries

Public libraries have many useful resources available including free computers and run events such as reading groups, craft groups, coffee mornings and under 5s storytimes.