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Access to e-sources


Any access problems can be reported to the e-sources department.


The e-sources of the University Library can be searched together with the other collections in Limo.

  • KU Leuven output repository
    Lirias is the digital repository of scientific publications by KU Leuven staff. As such it is also used for the univerity's Open Access policy.
  • E-sources
    All electronic databases, journals and books to which the UB has a license and a selection of freely accessible e-sources (incl. Open Access).
    • In most cases you can immediately query their full content and find articles and chapters:
      • Important e-book packages: Springer, Oxford Handbooks Online, OECD iLibrary, Morgan & Claypool Synthesis Collection, Early English Books Online, Brepols Miscellanea, ...
      • Important e-journal packages: Nature, Science, Elsevier, Wiley, JSTOR, ACM, Taylor & Francis, Springer, Cambridge, Oxford, Sage, Web of Science,  ...
    • For some packages/databases you can not query the content from Limo, but only on their own platform. You can look up these packages/databases in Limo.
      E.g. EBSCOhost, Peeters, Bureau Van Dijk, ... 

      More information: dienst e-bronnen


How to consult


  • Freely accessible documents in our electronic collection (a.o. Open Access-publications) are available to everybody
  • E-sources for which we have paid licence can only be offered to authorized users: active staff, registered students and so-called "walk-in" customers that purchase a day or year card.


Consulting on and off campus

  • Through a wired or wireless internet connection at your work place within KU Leuven campus or in the library buildings you are automatically recognized as authorized user (see "Access at publisher platforms" underneath).
  • Outside KU Leuven campus (e.g. from home as well as abroad) KU Leuven staff and students can use the proxy to be recognized as an authorized KU Leuven user. Also the new shibboleth-system (see  "Access at publisher platforms" underneath) can be used for this.


Access at publisher platforms

Basically there are three ways in which publishers can check that you are affiliated with our institution:

  1. The most used system is based on IP address recognition. Every KU Leuven user working on a computer from within our network (incl. wireless) is automatically recognized as an authorized user and can access the e-resource in question hassle free.
  2. A limited number of databases, e-journals and e-books require you to enter login credentials. If so, the necessary username/password combination can be found in Limo ('View Online' tab).
  3. On some platforms you are able to access licensed or subscribed content using your Central KU Leuven login credentials, both on and off campus. This system is called shibboleth. More info ...