Answered By: E-library Team
Last Updated: 01 Feb, 2016     Views: 254

Due to licensing restrictions, we are currently only able to provide remote access to electronic resources to Brunel students and staff. Alumni members do not get remote access to our e-resources (except for RefWorks). Nor are alumni members permitted to log on to Brunel network via Wi-Fi or a networked computer when visiting the University.

Where licenses permit, however, alumni members who visit the Library are permitted "walk in" or guest access to some but not all electronic resources, but only within the library, and only via our catalogue kiosks. Visitors are able to access articles from many of our subscriptions and save them, first to the kiosk hard drive, and then to a pen drive.

If a licence does not permit guest access then visitors will see a message stating that access is denied. To avoid disappointment, you should check with the e-Library team to see if a licensed electronic resource would permit guest access or not before you visit (please give at least one working day's notice).

Several other academic libraries also offer guest access to researchers. However, they may not permit access to members of the public so you would need to check the access policy at each library in turn. The British Library also has facilities for researchers to obtain access to e-resources but, again, you would need to visit the BL to use this service. Joining a professional body may also provide you with access to e-resources.

You may be aware of open access resources and institutional repositories which you may find using Google Scholar, PubMed Central and BioMed Central. The Directory Of Open Access Repositories offers a search across all the associated repositories.

Finally, one source which may prove cost effective is JPass (JSTOR for individuals).