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An Athens account is a personal username and password that proves you are a UEL student or staff member. You can use your Athens account to access most of our e-resources when you're off-campus. Go to to access your account or click through the FAQs below for more information.


What is my Athens username and password?

Your username is uel16 followed by your student number, e.g. uel16u1234567. Your password is usually your date of birth in the following format:

  • dd-Mmm-yy - e.g. 12-Aug-84

Your username and password will be sent to your UEL webmail address at the beginning of the academic year.

How can I reset my password?

You can reset your password by going to and then to Forgotten your password. When asked for your email address, use your UEL student email unless you know that your private address was used to create your account.

Why has my uel15 account stopped working?

We renew our Athens accounts every year in order to keep everything up to date. If you are still registered on a course at UEL you will still have an Athens account, but the username will change when we renew it.

For the 2015/16 academic year, the username will be uel16 followed by your student number, e.g. uel16u1234567. The password will usually be your date of birth in the following format:

  • dd-Mmm-yy - e.g. 12-Aug-84

Why do I need an Athens account?

An Athens account entitles you to access a range of online databases, e-journals and e-books. As you progress through your studies at UEL, you will need access to resources we don't hold in our print collection. A good assignment needs to be researched and to do this you will need to search databases for citations and full-text articles.

Your Athens Account gives you off-campus access to all of our e-resources. It is free to all current students and staff.

How do I use my Athens account?

Use your Athens account to sign-in and access the e-books, e-journals and databases available from UEL. E-books can be found in the library catalogue. All other resources are accessible from the Databases and E-journals page.

Are there any resources I can't access with my Athens account?

Most of our resources use Athens for off-campus access. However, some databases and e-journals only offer on-campus access. This will be noted underneath the journal title on our Library Search page.

Other resources might require a different username and password to log in. You can find more information about them on the Databases and E-journals page.

How do I find out if my account is working?

Go to the OpenAthens homepage at and click Login to MyAthens. If you are able to login here, your account is working. If you can't login, Ask-a-Librarian for help with your username and password.

Why can't I look at this e-book/e-journal with my Athens account?

Although we have access to a lot of database content, we are unfortunately not able to subscribe to everything.

The best way to check if we have access to an e-book or e-journal is to look it up on our Library Search page. If the title appears, click View it to see if we have the issue you are looking for.

I'm clicking "Sign in", but my Athens details aren't working - why?

Database sign-in pages are often for individual users, rather than universities. The best way to sign in to a database is to find it in our Database A-Z list and click the "Off-Campus" link. This should take you directly to the Athens sign-in page. Enter your details here and you will be signed in to the database.

I'm an academic member of staff - where can I find help with Athens?

We have a dedicated support page on Athens for Academic Staff. Check here for help, advice and frequently asked questions on using Athens as a UEL staff member.

Where can I get more help?

If you have any further queries, ask at any Library helpdesk or email via Ask-a-Librarian. The best databases to search for your subject, and the details of your subject librarian are listed on our Subject Support pages.


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