Answered By: (Online Librarian or covering Librarian) Online Programmes
Last Updated: Feb 13, 2017     Views: 847

General guidelines when accessing the Library

  1. For UoL (MWS) login difficulties (e.g. forgotten password) you can obtain help at any time - including all closed/vacation times using our 24/7 IT Service Desk. If you have problems accessing the Library for Online Programmes or e-resources (E-Books, E-Journal articles etc.) and this remains an ongoing problem, you are  recommended to contact the Librarian for Online Programmes as soon as possible to seek advice and support.
  2. Make sure your PC is updated to the latest version, e.g. Windows, Macintosh, Ubuntu, visit the Web site of your operating system and follow the instructions to update, or alternatively activate updates from within the operating system.
  3. To access Library resources you should have the most recent version of your Web browser, we recommend the latest version of Internet Explorer (for Windows), Safari (for Mac) or Firefox or Google Chrome (any platform).
  4. You can also reset your Web Browser to factory default settings to overcome configuration problems:
    • If you are using Internet Explorer:
      • Run Internet Explorer, then select from the pull-down options at the top of the screen: Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Reset (button at bottom of dialogue box).
    • To reset other Web browsers, see instructions for SafariFirefox or Chrome.
  5. If you are having problems using PDF documents you can remove your PDF reader from your PC, then download and install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  6. Restart the PC and see if this has resolved your problem.
  7. For further suggestions on solving technical problems see this technical problems guide (also Video/ PowerPoint versions).

Access Difficulties in some world regions (N/E Africa, SE Asia/ mainland China, Russian Federation, Zimbabwe, Mid East)

If you are located in regions such as N/E Africa, SE Asia/ mainland China, Russian Federation, Zimbabwe, Mid East and notice unusual behaviour such as server error messages, blank screen etc. when logging into e-resources, then you may experience difficulties accessing Library Web pages or e-resources (databases/ collections licensed by the Library). 

You may need to access the Library using a virtual private network (VPN) service. Note - you should ensure you comply with VPN regulations in your region. 

Some VPN options include -

  • Opera Web browser (you may need to activate Turbo mode by clicking the large ‘O’ option in Opera, then check the ‘Turbo’ option). Another option in Opera is to activate Opera’s VPN.
  • Use of UoL VPN software, this involves installing and logging into the VPN client with your UoL (MWS) login, then running your normal Web browser. 
  • Use of UoL Web based Applications http://apps.liv.ac.uk this involves logging into Web Apps with your UoL (MWS) login, then running a browser in Web Apps, such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Also see our guide on accessing the Library via a virtual desktop
  • Use of an alternative browser VPN, available for Chrome, Firefox and other browsers.

IT Support for Technical Problems

You can also call our 24/7 IT support line to troubleshoot your technical problem: +44 (0)151 794 4567.

Support for online students: 

We provide a dedicated E-Learning Librarian to assist you in using Library resources. If you have any problems using the Library or technical problems, please see the Contacts area of the Library for Online Programmes. Also see our guides, videos, tutorials and Library Training Module available via the Library for Online Programmes.

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