A growing number of library online resources are available for alumni remote access off-site, which you can find below. You can access online resources through your Imperial Plexus account.

You must adhere to licence agreement restrictions. Alumni are not permitted to use the licensed material for Commercial Use, which is defined as use of the Licensed Material for the purpose of monetary reward (whether by or for an Authorized Institution or an Authorized User) by means of the sale, resale, loan, transfer, hire or other form of exploitation of the Licensed Material. Please note that this list is subject to change in accordance with the Library licence agreements. If you have any issues with any of the resources below, please email the Alumni Relations Office.

Business Green

Business Green is a leading source of information for the green economy, delivering the latest news and in-depth analysis on green business and environmental issues.

EBSCO Business Source Alumni Edition

Business Source Alumni Edition provides nearly 1,450 full-text business magazines and journals, of which 780 are peer-reviewed. This database includes publications in nearly every area of business including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance, econometrics, economics and more. Includes full-text sources ranging from general periodicals to trade publications and top management journals, key titles available include ‘Harvard Business Review’ and ‘Journal of Marketing’. Additional full-text sources include country economic reports, industry reports, market research reports, company profiles and more. The Alumni Edition is a smaller subset of content that is found within EBSCO Business Source Ultimate, which the Library subscribes to, due to publisher restrictions.

EBSCO Education Databases

EBSCO Educational Databases is an online education resource comprising British Education Index (BEI); ERIC; Educational Administration Abstracts; Education Abstracts; and Child Development & Adolescent Studies.

Health Service Journal

As well as news and insight, HSJ provides in-depth and comprehensive analysis of the English NHS and health service policy, including exclusive briefings and expert reports.

Henry Stewart Talks

Henry Stewart Talks offers audio-visual presentations from different speakers on a variety of subjects, with access to two different collections:

The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection – contains over 1,500 talks on subjects such as genetics, drug discovery and biochemistry.
The Business & Management Collection –  contains over 900 talks covering economics, finance, marketing and related topics.

ICE Virtual Library Journals 

The ICE Virtual Library, from the Institution of Civil Engineers publishing division, is the most comprehensive online civil engineering resource in the world. Explore archives dating back to 1836, and access ICE Publishing's internationally renowned journals.

Ideas Roadshow's Academic Portal 

Ideas Roadshow is a multimedia magazine dedicated to an in-depth and accessible exploration of a wide variety of topics in the Social, Natural and Cognitive Science and Humanities. Ideas Roadshow comes accessible in video, eBook and MP3 formats.

IEEE All-Society Periodicals Package (ASPP)

IEEE ASPP Online is a core collection of engineering, electronics, and computer science periodicals available via the IEEE Xplore Digital Library from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. It includes over 170 journals, magazines and transactions covering the period from 2005 to the present, plus content from ‘ Bell Labs Technical Journal’. Please note that ASPP is a subset of IEEE Xplore and does not provide access to the same content which the Imperial Library offers. 

Instant Anatomy

Instant Anatomy is a web resource to aid in the study of human anatomy with diagrams, lectures, podcasts, questions, MCQs and apps.


JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. It helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. We are pleased to offer alumni access to the following JSTOR collections:

Arts & Sciences 1
Arts & Sciences 2
Arts & Sciences 5
Arts & Sciences 7
Arts & Sciences 8
Arts & Sciences 13
Business 1
Ecology & Botany 1
Health & General Sciences
Mathematics & Statistics

Karger Medical & Scientific Journals

Karger provides research and clinically-oriented online journals titles for the medical and scientific community. It includes a vast spectrum of medical titles covering subjects of medical science, health sciences and biomedicine. Access will be available to the complete list of Karger journal titles back to and including the subscription year 1998 (or to Volume 1 if published later). Full access is available to key journal publications including high Impact Factor journals such as ‘Liver Cancer’, ‘Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry’, and ‘Gerontology’.

ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global

The largest single repository of graduate dissertations and theses, ProQuest Dissertation & Theses Global (PQDT Global) simplifies searching for dissertations and theses via a single access point to explore an extensive, trusted collection of 3.8 million graduate works, with 1.7 million in full text. Designated as an official offsite repository for the U.S. Library of Congress, PQDT Global offers comprehensive historic and ongoing coverage for North American works and significant and growing international coverage from a multiyear program of expanding partnerships with international universities and national associations.


RefWorks is a bibliographic software package that enables you to: import references from databases or text files, create references from saved PDF articles, build up your own database of relevant references, add correctly formatted citations to word documents and build a bibliography. As an alumnus, you have free access to RefWorks. Your access includes:

a free RefWorks account
new updates and feature releases
200 MB of file attachment storage
the ability to share your folder or account via RefShare
free web-based training
technical support.

Sage Journals

A collection of journals in the health sciences, life and biomedical sciences, materials sciences and engineering, and social sciences and humanities. Full text is only available for selected subscribed and freely available journal titles.

SAE Mobilus 

SAE Mobilus is an authoritative source for current mobility engineering information. SAE Digital Library became SAE Mobilus in June 2016 and the alumni access mirrors the content to which the Library currently subscribes to which are the ‘Technical Papers’ from 1906 to present. The standards and related publications are not available in full text. A user guide is available by selecting the link for “HELP?” located at the top right of the homepage. 


Spiral is the College’s institutional repository for research outputs such as journal articles, working papers, doctoral theses and Master’s dissertations. It contains full-text documents only and aims to be a showcase for the research that Imperial’s research community carries out. You can access certain Imperial content as an alumnus. You can find more information about Spiral access here.

Times Higher Education (THE)

Times Higher Education (THE) provides access to the latest edition, published every Thursday, and allows you to browse full editions dating back to 2013. You can also search the archive for earlier articles and opt to receive a weekly email alerting you when the new edition is available.

Walter De Gruyter STM e-journal collection

A collection of science, technology and medicine e-journals from the publisher Walter De Gruyter. Alumni access mirrors the journal content to which the Library currently subscribes to with archive access included back to 1995, or volume 1 if later. Full-text access is available to key De Gruyter journal publications including ‘Pure and Applied Chemistry’ and ‘Biological Chemistry’.