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Walk in access

Walk in access to electronic resources

What is Walk In Access (WIA) to online services?

WIA gives visitors access to a limited range of Manchester Met Library Services' online services (also known as online resources) where licenses permit. Library Services' online services include ebooks, ejournals and research databases. Users may consult ejournals, ebooks and databases available to walk-in access users via any PC in the Library (apart from the catalogues) using a temporary login. Users need to register for this service each time they want to use it.

WIA to Library Services online services is offered solely for private study or non-commercial educational purposes.

Who can use WIA?

Access is offered to the full range of visitors to the Library including visiting academics, SCONUL users, alumni, external users and members of the public, aged 18 or over.

This service is only available when you would be usually able to sign in as a visitor.  In term time this is during help desk staffed hours for most visitors and during weekends for members of the public.  Please note that access will be restricted during our exam periods every year:

What is available? 

Here is a list of online services available via the Walk In Access service

Please note: access to Microsoft applications eg Word, Powerpoint, Excel is not available.

Registering for WIA

Users must sign in and register for WIA each time they wish to use the service and provide two sets of ID including photo and proof of address. You will be asked to complete a registration form. By registering as a walk-in user, you indicate an agreement to comply with the acceptable use policy.

Using the service

After registration you will be given an information sheet which will contain your temporary login and password for use during your visit. You may use any Library PC apart from the catalogues. At peak times we cannot guarantee access to a PC. Printing is not available for walk in users. You will not be able to access some electronic resources where licences do not permit us to grant it. If you have any queries about copyright or licence conditions for individual online resources, please check publisher guidance or ask at the help desk. Copyright law protects all online resources of the University.

Please note the following restrictions in place:

  • You must not use any online resources for any commercial activity.
  • Do not share any login IDs or passwords with anybody.
  • Do not share any saved content with anybody outside the University.
  • Please do not leave a PC workstation unattended for any period of time.
  • You must not download, store or transmit content retrieved from the University.
  • You must not access, transmit, store, print, promote or display offensive, obscene and indecent material, defamatory materials or materials likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
  • Do not attempt to access any Microsoft software or any web sites outside the service.
  • Do not use the network for unauthorised purposes. See the JANET Acceptable Use policy for more details.