Databases and online resources

You can access materials online via our wide range of databases and digital resources, which are listed alphabetically below.

To find out which databases and digital resources are best for your subject, consult our subject guides.  

If you come across an article, journal or book online that Birkbeck Library doesn't subscribe to, you can go and access it from another library or order it via the interlibrary loan service








  • Bloomberg - management and economics staff and students can access this via the Bloomberg terminal, which is near the Library helpdesk on level one and which must be booked in advanceFind out how to create a Bloomberg account and how to install the Bloomberg Excel add-on
  • Census data - you must register before using this resource. 
  • Eikon and Datastream - these are only available in the Library for Birkbeck students and staff. There is one Eikon/Datastream computer located near the helpdesk on level one of the Library. Book a slot on the Eikon/Datastream computer. 
  • London Datastore - a free and open data portal provides over 700 datasets to help you understand the city and develop solutions to London’s problems. 
  • UK Data Service - you must register before using these datasets. Read help guides to the UK Data Service. The following datasets are included: 
    • 1970 British Cohort Study
    • Annual Population Survey
    • British Household Panel Survey (BHPS)
    • British Social Attitudes
    • Census data
    • Citizenship Survey
    • Community Life Survey
    • Continuous Household Survey
    • Crime Survey for England and Wales (formerly British Crime Survey)
    • English Housing Survey
    • English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)
    • Eurobarometer Surveys
    • European and World Values Studies
    • European Election Study
    • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Datasets
    • European Social Survey
    • European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions
    • European Working Conditions Survey
    • Eurostat New Cronos
    • Families and Children Study
    • Family Expenditure Survey
    • Family Resources Survey
    • General Lifestyle Survey
    • Health Survey for England
    • IMF Balance of Payments Statistics
    • IMF Direction of Trade Statistics
    • IMF Government Finance Statistics
    • IMF International Financial Statistics
    • IMF World Economic Outlook
    • International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Statistics
    • International Social Survey Programme
    • Labour Force Survey
    • Life Opportunities Survey
    • Living Costs and Food Survey
    • Longitudinal Study of Young People in England
    • Millenium Cohort Study (MCS)
    • National Child Development Study (NCDS)
    • National Food Survey
    • National Travel Survey
    • OECD Education Statistics
    • OECD International Development (Debt and Aid) Statistics
    • OECD International Direct Investment Statistics
    • OECD International Migration Statistics
    • OECD International Trade by Commodities Statistics (ITCS)
    • OECD Main Economic Indicators
    • OECD Main Science and Technology Indicators
    • OECD Measuring Global Statistics
    • OECD National Accounts
    • OECD Services Statistics
    • OECD Social Expenditure Database
    • OECD STructural ANalysis (STAN)
    • Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (formerly ONS Opinions Survey and ONS Omnibus Survey)
    • Time Use Survey
    • UNIDO Demand-Supply databases
    • UNIDO Industrial Statistics
    • United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database (UN COMTRADE)
    • Vital Statistics
    • World Bank Africa Development Indicators
    • World Bank International Debt Statistics
    • World Bank World Development Indicators
    • Young People's Social Attitudes Survey 


HELP WITH ACCESSING digital resources 

  • You will need to look for an OpenAthensMD link for some ejournals and a small number of database or online resources if you are not prompted for your Birkbeck username and password. 
  • You should always check the date of the journal article, as the Library's subscriptions are sometimes restricted to a particular date range. 
  • For help, please contact the helpdesk. Outside of helpdesk opening hoursemail us and we will get back to you as soon as the helpdesk re-opens. If you would like training to use digital resources more skillfully, please contact your subject librarian
  • If you have difficulty accessing our digital resources via Discover (articles and more) or the above A-Z lists, you can try logging in via the Proxy Server. Alternatively, .