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Library Search

Search for books, articles and more.

About your results

Library Search can help you discover different types of content, such as print books, ebooks, print journal titles, articles from online journals (ejournals), online newspaper articles and more.

Your Library Search results will include:

  • Links to items you can access online via Manchester Metropolitan University Library
  • Information about physical items we own eg print books, print journal titles and DVDs 
  • If you opt to search libraries worldwide you will see items that we do not own or subscribe to, but may be able to obtain for you

Links to Additional databases will appear in the boxes above the results list. You can opt to search these databases to find sources not listed in Library Search. Clicking on the Additional database link will redirect you to that database. For information about database content see our Database A-Z list where you will also find help guides and video tutorials. The screenshot below is an example of an additional database box.

Your results: print books

The screenshot below is an example of a Library Search result that is a physical or printed book.

Beneath the title, the result is listed as a Print Book that is held by MMU Library. You can also see if the book is available to borrow, it’s location in the library and the shelf mark, 153 OXF which you will need to locate it on the shelf. If the book is out on loan you will have the option to reserve it.



Click on Explore all editions and formats for more options. You can also browse the shelf to discover titles on similar topics.

Your results: ebook

The screenshot below is an example of a Library Search result that is an ebook. Beneath the title the result is listed as an ebook. Click on View ebook to access it. You may be asked to log in with your Manchester Metropolitan University  ID and password if you haven’t already, and then you will be redirected to the ebook.


For some ebooks, you may see the following:




If there is a drop down button in the grey box, when you click on it you will see multiple access options. The ebook can be accessed from more than one provider. Choose one of the options to access the full-text

Your results: searching Libraries Worldwide

You can opt to expand your search by ticking Libraries Worldwide.


You may still see results for sources that you can access via Manchester Metropolitan University Library, but you will also see results like the one below. Click on Explore all editions & formats to see which libraries hold an item or, provide access to it. For journal articles, click on the title for additional information.






You will then have the option to request the item by clicking on the following box and filling out the online request form.



Saving results

Each record has a Save icon, click on it to save an item.



Once an item has been saved the icon will change.



To view saved items, click on My Items



Please note: You will need to be signed in to save items to a list for future reference. If you are not signed in, items will only be saved temporarily, and you will see the following message.

To sign in, click on the Sign In icon in the top right hand corner of the page. If using a mobile device, click on the three horizontal lines to access the Sign In link.

From the My Items page you have the option to create a permanent list, email yourself the items, export items to Endnote, move items to a permanent list or delete items

To add items to a permanent list for future reference, click on Create List

You can then give the list a name and description and choose to make the list private, so it is only visible to you or, make the list shared meaning that other people can view and share your list.