Resources for visitors

A range of resources are available here at the Library including online resources which are accessible via a visitor PC.


Visitors have access to printers, scanners and photocopiers and all hard copy resources within the Library. You are welcome to use our individual and quiet study areas. We also offer limited online resources which are accessed via our visitor PC.

Visitor access to online resources

The first time you use the visitor PC you will need to complete a registration form. This allows us to comply with publishers’ license conditions and IT conditions of use. It also allows us to collect usage statistics and assess the value of the service to visitors. For subsequent visits you will only need to sign a log sheet.

Before you arrive

  • Check that the resource you would like to access is available, as some publishers only allow their online resources to be used by University of Surrey staff and students.
  • If the resource isn’t listed check SurreySearch to see whether we have a print version in the Library.
  • Check that you agree with our terms and conditions of use.
  • Choose a time to visit the library during staffed service hours.

Terms and conditions

Unlike printed resources which the Library has purchased, owns outright and can make available to anyone, online resources are available on a licensed “rental” basis. In return for subscription costs at the educational rate, publishers impose restrictions on who may use their information and for what purpose. Publishers will investigate violations of license conditions and can withdraw their service from the whole university without warning. This means:

  • We cannot issue passwords to external members and you must use the designated visitor PC to access online library resources
  • You may not use the online resources for any purpose that may lead to commercial gain by yourself or a third party
  • Information is for personal educational use only and you may not redistribute it to anyone else
  • We must ask for personal identification, including address details, for network security purposes.

At the Library

  • Bring a valid photo ID such as driving licence/passport and proof of address
  • Complete the registration form
  • Library staff will log you on.

Available online resources

Below is a list of the electronic resources that are available to visitors at the University of Surrey.

Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics
A collection of reference works from Cambridge University Press.

Counselling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives and Reference Works
A searchable collection of real transcripts of therapy and counselling sessions and first person narratives of the experience of mental illness and its treatment.

Ebook Central
Almost 30,000 individual eBooks are available in this collection.

Gale Virtual reference Library (Institutional password required)
A selection of reference works, relevant for English literature, sociology and business and management.

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers
Parliamentary papers in full text from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

JISC Historical Texts (Institutional password required)
Includes Early English Books Online (EBBO full text of most books printed in Great Britain and British North America, 1473-1700), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), British Library 19th Century collection.

John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera
The full text of various printed materials covering topics such as 19th century entertainment, the book trade, popular prints, crime, murders and executions, and advertising.

Literature online (LION)
The full text of over 18,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 228 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.

Literary Encyclopaedia
An international literary reference work, including profiles of authors and works.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Full content access to the Springer series in computing (over 4,500 books).

Palgrave Dictionary of Economics
2008 edition, regularly updated.

Shakespeare Survey
A yearbook of Shakespeare studies and production published annually since 1948.

Women Writers Online
The full text of works from pre-Victorian women writers.

19th Century British Library Newspapers (Institutional password required)
48 national and regional newspapers.

American Chemical Society Journals
32 chemistry titles.

Annual Reviews
The full text of over 30 Annual Reviews titles.

British Newspapers 1600-1900 (institutional password required)
Combines The Burney Newspaper Collection and 19th century British Library Newspapers in a cross-searchable interface.

British Periodicals Online
The full text of hundreds of periodicals from the late 17th century to the early 20th century. Access to collections I & II is available.

Burney Newspaper Collection (Institutional password required)
Contains the full text of over 1 million pages from newspapers, newsbooks, Acts of Parliament, addresses, broadsides, pamphlets and proclamations from London, British Isles and colonies.

Full text legal research database including journals and reference works. Much of the content is American/international in nature.

ICE Virtual Library (Institutional password required)
Full text journals from the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Intermid Full text of the British Journal of Midwifery and the African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.

Several full text nursing journals.

Institute of Physics Journal Archive (Institutional password required)
The full text of 30 journals (and their previous titles) from the Institute of Physics, from 1874 to 1998. Also available: several current IOP online titles.

Several hundred journals, most of which go back to volume 1, issue 1. JSTOR journals are only loaded onto the system after a delay (a moving wall) of 1 to 5 years. Subject areas include arts and humanities, economics, social sciences, politics and law.

Oxford Journals Archive
The full text of 150 Oxford University Press journals, often from volume 1, up to 1995. Current issues are also available where the University Library holds a subscription.

Periodicals Archive Online
An archive of over 500 digitised journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Project Muse
Over 300 full text journals in the humanities and social sciences, from over 60 publishers.

Royal Society of Chemistry Archive
This archive contains the full text of all journal papers published by the RSC from 1841 to 1996.

SAGE Premier
The full text of over 480 journals in business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology and medicine, going back to 1999.

Over 1,500 peer-reviewed journals, mostly in the sciences.

Taylor and Francis Online
Over 2000 journals in the areas of social science and Humanities and Science and Technology.

Times Digital Archive, 1785-1995 (Institutional password required)
Fully searchable archive of the newspaper, with complete page images of all parts of the paper.

Wiley Online Library
Over 1100 peer-reviewed journals.

Foreign & International Law Resources Database
Full text international yearbooks, periodicals and tribunals/judicial decisions, as well as U.S. law digests. Available via HeinOnline.

ProQuest Databases
A selection of bibliographic databases across many subject areas.

Large, multidisciplinary database, which indexes over 18,000 journals as well as scientific websites and patents.

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