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Many resources can be accessed on-campus without the need to login. This page explains all about the different types of login that you may encounter when you are using our electronic resources.

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Away from campus?  You can still access the Library’s e-resources .. watch this tutorial to see how!

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Southampton VIrtual Environment (SVE)

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.

Virtual Private Networking - VPN

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:

023 8059 5656 (external calls)

x25656 (internal calls)

Institutional Login

Many of the resources which the University Library provides for you can be accessed with the same username and password you use to access your University email, University computers 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

For any problems with your University username and password, please contact iSolutions.


NHS OpenAthens

The NHS OpenAthens system allows access to many online resources.  Students on NHS courses (primarily undergraduate degrees in the Faculties of Medicine and Health Sciences) are eligible for NHS OpenAthens accounts, for more information see the OpenAthens page


Other Passwords

Some resources have their own usernames and passwords - you will need to log in with your University username and password to see this list.

Library PIN

Use your university ID with your university PIN to login to WebCat to find and access resources and to place holds. 

For NHS and NOC staff and all members of the public registered with us, library PIN numbers are issued by library staff.

  • The User ID is the number on your library card.
  • The PIN is a four digit number. We can give this to you in person at any of our help desks, or we can email it to you (please contact 

You can change your PIN by selecting 'My Account' when logged in to WebCat.