Library services for students



Library & IT for Kent students at Athens

Search this "European view" of LibrarySearch to see all the Kent library resources you can access in Athens:

Your Kent IT account and email

Claim your Kent IT account online for access to:

  • your Kent email account - you can set up mail forwarding to a personal account if you want (see the FAQs on the email page).
  • Kent e-resources such as e-books and journals


You can use LibrarySearch Europe to find and access e-books, or cross-search individual e-books collections the University subscribes to.

Access additional e-books

If you can't find the e-book you need on LibrarySearch Europe you can also access around 180,000 e-books directly via the Ebook Central platform:

  1. log into Ebook Central with your University of Kent username and password
  2. search for the book
  3. if you access an e-book the University doesn't already own, this will trigger a 1 day electronic loan of the title
  4. if another Athens student accesses the same e-book later on, it will be automatically added to the Library's permanent digital collections

This is only available to students at our European Centres and there is no cost to you - so please make the most of this opportunity to develop your digital library collection.

If you have any problems accessing the service, click Help/Feedback (top right on the EBL platform page) or email


Find a specific article

Eg Jackson, D. B. (2003). Between-lake differences in the diet and provisioning behaviour of Black-throated Divers Gavia Arctica breeding in Scotland. Ibis, 145(1), 30-44.

  1. Go to LibrarySearch Europe
  2. Enter the article title - eg ‘Between-lake differences in the diet and provisioning behaviour of Black-throated Divers Gavia Arctica breeding in Scotland’ - in the search box
  3. Click View Online to access the databases that have holdings for the article

If you've searched LibrarySearch for the specific article, but can’t find it

  1. Enter the journal title - eg ‘Ibis' - in LibrarySearch Europe.
  2. Click View Online to see databases that have holdings for the journal. If you get too many results:
    1. use Advanced Search
    2. set the Material Type to 'Journals'
    3. search for the title again
  3. Select a database that covers the publication year of your article, eg 2003.
  4. Now navigate to the article using the publication year (eg 2003), volume (eg 145), issue (eg 1) and number of first page (eg 30).

If you can't access the article using these steps, check on Moodle to see if a scan of the item has been uploaded.


Find articles on a particular subject

For in-depth journal research you should:

  1. search LibrarySearch Europe with your subject key words, eg ‘responsibility to protect Libya’.
  2. refine your results use the filters on the right
  3. you should also search directly in relevant databases in your Subject Guide.

Subject guides

Subject guides are subject specific introduction to library resources and useful websites, selected by the academic liaison librarians at Kent. Most relevant for Athens subjects:

Articles or chapters not available through LibrarySearch or in Athens

If the article or chapter you need isn't available from the University of Kent's e-resources or in print in your local libraries, we may be able get an electronic version for you via the document delivery service.

Before you make a request

  1. CheckLibrarySearch Europeto see if the item is available as an e-resource
  2. Check with your supervisor if the item is available is available from another source or there is an acceptable alternative.
  3. Check the catalogues of relevant local libraries (see recommended libraries in Athens, below) to see if they have the item, or a suitable alternative.

You must have approval from your supervisor before you make the request.

To make your request

  1. Go toLibrarySearch Europe
  2. Click Document delivery(top right)
  3. Follow the instructions for your European Centre

Once your item has arrived

Articles and chapters available from the British Library will be supplied in digital format). Once the document is available, you'll receive an email with the link to the document. To access it you need to:

  • be online; if your default browser is Google Chrome, you either need to disable the Chrome PDF viewer plugin, or use Internet Explorer or Firefox on this occasion
  • register for BLDSS(British Library Document Supply Service); we recommend you register before you receive your document (you only have to do this once)
  • log into the document with your BLDSS username and password;don't tick "Remember me on this computer" if you're using a shared computer
  • use Adobe Reader 10 (or above) to open the pdf (available on student PCs and Staff Managed Desktops)
  • download and save the document within 30 days of the original email or it will expire; click File, then Save As and save to a networked folder, memory stick, or your own PC or laptop

There are some restrictions to your use of the document, due tocopyright legislation:

  • you can only print one copy and may not make further copies
  • you may not make further electronic copies, convert the file to any other format, or copy and paste from it
  • once downloaded/saved, the document will "self-destruct" after 3 years

Manage your bibliographic references

Reference management software enables you to build up a personal database of references to books, articles, and other sources useful for your coursework or research. RefWorks is suitable for the needs of most students.

Referencing styles used at Kent

Recommended libraries in Athens

We recommend that you make full use of the physical resources (books, hard copy journals, etc) available to you locally at libraries in Athens:




University of Kent at Athens

IT help

Contact us

Library help

If you email us for an appointment, we can also:

  • talk you through your research (via instant messaging)
  • show you how to use services (via remote access to your computer)

Information Services, University of Kent

Contact the Library  |  Give Library feedback | Library Regulations

Last Updated: 05/04/2018