Database service interruptions

This page lists known problems and scheduled maintenance likely to affect access for more than an hour.

LexisLibrary - problem with news and international content

Certain types of material on the LexisLibrary database are currently not accessible off campus, or via Library Search.

The content affected includes LexisLibrary's news and international legal sources. Other types of material (UK legal sources) can be accessed through the usual routes, including via Library Search, both on and off campus.

To access the affected news and international material on campus only, please use the following link to LexisLibrary:


Off-campus access to the affected content is currently not available.

Guest access to databases

24 October 2019 update: Guest access to databases is currently unavailable due to ongoing technical issues. We are working to restore access as soon as possible

ScienceDirect - problem downloading PDFs

Users of Internet Explorer 9 and Adobe Reader X (as on the student network) are currently unable to download PDFs using the 'Save As...' button while viewing an article online.

A workaround is to right-click the PDF link and select 'Save target as...'

Alternatively, using any other web browser should avoid the problem.

Saving a PDF via the right mouse button context menu

Social Work Toolkit - some functions will be unavailable

Due to a platform upgrade, users will be unable to save searches, create any journal or bookmark entries on the Toolkit between Monday 15 April and Tuesday 30 April. Please also note that previous saved searches will not be transferred to the new site.

Library service interruptions

For general service interruptions and planned maintenance in our libraries, please see our Library service interruptions page.

Further help

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