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Alumni: Public library access

Public library access


Some public libraries (often the main city branch) offer access to over 15 million online journal articles via computers in the library, through a scheme called Access to Research.  

Leicestershire libraries also provide access to online reference material, such as dictionaries, biographies, company information, historical archival material, newspapers and magazines.

Your public library will also offer an interlibrary loan system.

British Library


The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and as a legal deposit library, receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and Ireland, including a significant proportion of overseas titles distributed in the UK.

Some collections are freely available online. You can also search for electronic resources only by selecting available online in the search bar of the main catalogue. Print collections can only be accessed by visiting the Library's Reading Rooms. Access is free, but you will need to request a Reader Pass and accept Conditions of Use.

Business Support

The British Library will also support small business owners, entrepreneurs and inventors. More information available.