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You can use the campus and health libraries free of charge for reference purposes. If you wish to borrow, we offer free annual alumni membership; it enables you to borrow up to 4 items at a time, excluding short loan items and membership must be renewed annually. To request a Keele alumni account, please complete the Request a library account form, and upload a copy of your degree certificate and a copy of a current utility bill. 

For further information, please ask at the library service counter for details, phone +44 (0)1782 734159 or email Please be aware that new membership applications can only be processed on weekdays between 9am and 5pm.

Unfortunately, we're not able to offer access to our subscribed eresources (ejournals, ebooks etc.) due to licensing restrictions, however, the drop down options below will help you find quality academic material.

Google Scholar indexes nearly all published academic material and open access articles, which are made freely available by the likes of academic publishers, research organisations, universities or professional societies. Open access articles are often uploaded to academic and subject repositories under Creative Commons licenses, which allows their use in non-commercial study and research. You can improve your Google Scholar search by refining it with advanced search options e.g. date range and title search etc.. use the three line menu bar option in the top left hand corner to access the advanced search.‌ Then from your search results look for articles with PDF or HTML links on the right hand side to access the full text.

Search for open access articles using browser plugins. There are a couple of academic browser plugin/extensions available to help locate legitimate and legal open access articles such as:

However, we suggest you steer clear of non academic sources offering free access such as Sci-Hub. Always make sure the academic community has approved access.

Search across multiple academic repositores on:

To locate a specific UK academic repository try: OpenDOAR