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Our library buildings may currently be closed but the Queen’s virtual library is very much open!

See “Online services” below for information about accessing our excellent electronic resources.

See “Help and support” below for information about the multiple ways you can contact us.

  • Latest Information

    McClay, Biomedical and Medical Libraries

    • The McClay Library will re-open to academic staff and students from 3 August (with a reduced capacity)
    • The Biomedical and Medical Libraries will re-open on 21 September
    • Special Collections & Archives will re-open to academic staff and students from 5 August by appointment only and with reduced capacity. Please check for details and email to make an appointment.

    Book Loans

    • Your loans have been renewed until 25 September
    • No fines will apply during the closure period
    • A Book Return Bin has been set up at Receptions in Queen's Elms BT1 and BT9 for you to return books while the Library is closed

    McClay Library Book Collection Service

    collection service for McClay Library print books is available for academic staff, research postgraduate students and taught postgraduate students. 

    Inter-Library Loans

    • During the Library closure period Inter-Library Loan article requesting has temporarily been extended to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught students to increase access to resources.
    • Select the Inter-Library Loan option under the Library Catalogue search box on the Library Home page to place a request.

    QUB Library Proxy (EZproxy bookmarklet)

    • You can now install QUB Library Proxy (EZproxy bookmarklet) in your browser if you are accessing e-resources directly on a publisher's site off campus. Once it is installed in your browser, the webpage will be reloaded via our EZproxy server and you will be prompted for your QUB login. Where we have a subscription to the resource, you will be granted access.
  • Postgraduate Students - helping you throughout the summer

    Subject Librarians

    Contact your Subject Librarian for advice on your research, finding information or using the electronic resources. A full list of Subject Librarians can be found on the Library website. You can also contact your Subject Librarian for 1 to 1 training or group training, delivered through Microsoft Teams.

    See the “Help and support” section below for additional guidance.

    Subject Guides

    Subject Guides bring together key Library resources by subject in addition to helping you identify and contact your Subject Librarian.

    Special Collections subject guides and webpages offer access, advice and support to the resources held in Special Collections and Archives.

    Support Guides are also available for other key areas including:

    · E-Books

    · E-Resources

    · Maps

    · Newspapers

    · Official Publications

    · Primary Sources

    · Standards

    · Theses

    McClay Library Book Collection Service

    A collection service for McClay Library print books is available for academic staff, research postgraduate students and taught postgraduate students.

    Inter-Library Loans

    The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) services enables you to get hold of material not held in the Library at Queens. Further information about this service and how you make a request is available on the Inter-Library Loans webpage.

    Reference Management

    Reference Management software can save you a great deal of time and effort when you are writing a dissertation or thesis. It enables you to store the references you collect while searching the literature, automatically format the citations in a word processing document and produce a list of references at the end of that document.

    EndNote is the standard reference management software for students and staff and replaced Refworks. You can contact your subject librarian for help with EndNote.

    Uploading your PhD Thesis to Pure

    All postgraduate research students are required to upload their thesis to Pure and make it available online via Queen’s Research Portal. Further information about this can be found on the Thesis Guide

    Copyright and your PhD e-Thesis

    Making your thesis available electronically has a number of benefits for you as the author and for the University as a research institution. However there are copyright implications that you must be aware of. Further information about this is available on the Theses: Copyright guide.


  • Online Services

    Current staff and students can access most e-resources off campus (from home). You will need your University login, this is the same username and password you use to access your Queen's University Belfast email and Queen's Online.

    Use the Library homepage as a starting point and the following services to search:

    · Library Catalogue for e-books, e-journals and databases, e.g. JSTOR, Lexis, Scopus and Web of Knowledge

    · Article Search for full text articles

    · E-Journals A-Z for e-journals

    · Databases A-Z for online databases

    · Google Scholar for full text articles – see How do I set up Google Scholar to access full-text from home?

    · You can install QUB Library Proxy (EZproxy bookmarklet) in your browser if you are accessing e-resources directly on a publisher's site off campus.

    If you have a query about QUB Library's e-resources, please see our E-resources Guide.

    If you would like to see information about resources relevant to your area of study, please select the appropriate Subject Guide.

    Digital Resources at Special Collections lists a number of digital platforms accessible off campus including digitised manuscripts and online exhibitions.

    Certain publishers have temporarily free access to their resources in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. These are listed on the Additional access to e-books and other e-resources page.

    The Open Access to Research - A list of useful resources page contains a list of Coronavirus content that is being shared openly.

  • Help and Support

    You can talk to us using Library Chat (click on the blue box on the right of the Library homepage) and browse the frequently asked questions in our LibraryHelp. Your Subject Librarian can provide advice on your research, finding information or using electronic resources, including reference management software.

    Other sources of help and support include:

    ContactEmail address
    General enquiries
    Borrowing or returning books
    IT related enquiries
    Special Collections & Archives
    Electronic theses
    Open Access
    Research data management


    The Student Wellbeing Collection contains a number of e-books that can be accessed off campus.

  • Training and Teaching


    You can request an online training session by contacting your Subject Librarian or Special Collections.

    To enhance your information literacy, please explore the Library’s Subject Guides.

    The Library has developed a Transition Skills Online training programme to assist students making the transition from school to higher education.


    Please contact your Subject Librarian to discuss your teaching needs.