Away from campus? You can still access the Library’s e-resources .. watch this tutorial to see how!
The Southampton Virtual Environment gives you access to your University Windows desktop from any device in any location, whether that's at home, on campus, or on the move.
You will have access to all your University files plus the most popular applications.
Restriction to campus only use can make working from home extremely difficult, therefore iSolutions have a facility, whereby you can connect to the University's network from home via your current ISP (Internet Service Provider) - "Virtual Private Networking". For further details please take a look at the iSolutions page on VPN using the link below.
Do remember that whilst connected to the University's network - whether on campus, or at home using VPN - you are still bound by the University's regulations concerning acceptable use of computing facilities.
If you do have any problems or need help in setting up VPN, please contact the iSolutions Service Line:
If you are a Mac user there are some settings that you will need to check so that your VPN connection works correctly.
If you are running Mac OSX 10.4 you will need to check the following settings:-
For Mac OSX 10.5-10.7 please click on the document above.
Many of the resources which the University Library provides for you can be accessed with the same username and password you use for email, public workstations and Blackboard.
Look out for links containing the words "Institutional access/login", "UK Federation" (or occasionally "Shibboleth") – all these words are a clue that you can use your normal University login to access a resource.
Direct institutional login
Basically this comes in two forms. Where possible, links to databases from the library website go straight to the University login page (look for separate 'off-campus' links where appropriate).
But in other cases, you may have to select the "UK / UK Federation" first, and then browse or search a list of institutions to select "University of Southampton". (Note: if you can't find us in the list under this name, check under Southampton University.) If you don't find us in the list or there is an error please contact the Periodicals office.
For any problems with your University username and password, please contact iSolutions ServiceLine.
The NHS Athens system allows access to many online resources. Students on NHS-commissioned courses (primarily undergraduate degrees in the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences) are eligible for NHS Athens accounts, and will be registered for them at an appropriate point in their studies.
Some resources have their own usernames and passwords - you will need to log in with your University username and password to see this list.
A Library PIN allows you to login to WebCat to get access to self-service features such as online renewals, holds and access to some online resources eg. e-books. Library PINs are required by library user groups such as NHS & NERC staff and all members of the public registered with us.
User ID is the number on your library card.
The PIN is a 4-digit number. We can give it to you in person at any loans or enquiry desk, or email it to you (contact email@example.com). We cannot give you your PIN by phone.
When you are logged into WebCat you can change your PIN through the My Account section.