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New Wikipedia Library collections and design update (August 2021)[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

The TWL OWL says log in today!

The Wikipedia Library is pleased to announce the addition of new collections, alongside a new interface design. New collections include:

Additionally, De Gruyter and Nomos have been centralised from their previous on-wiki signup location on the German Wikipedia. Many other collections are freely available by simply logging in to The Wikipedia Library with your Wikimedia login!

We are also excited to announce that the first version of a new design for My Library was deployed this week. We will be iterating on this design with more features over the coming weeks. Read more on the project page on Meta.

Lastly, an Echo notification will begin rolling out soon to notify eligible editors about the library (T132084). If you can translate the notification please do so at TranslateWiki!

--The Wikipedia Library Team 13:23, 11 August 2021 (UTC)

This message was delivered via the Global Mass Message tool to The Wikipedia Library Global Delivery List.

Approved access, but no notifications of it?[edit]

I've tried to figure out how you're notified and given login info, etc, when applications are approved, but I can't find anything, so I'm asking here. I've been approved for both Berg Fashion Library and NewspaperARCHIVE. The status for Berg has gone from "approved" to "finalized" and for NA, it still sits at "approved." But I haven't received any emails about being approved, or the login details, for either. How does this work? Am I missing something? Thanks. · Comtesse d'Autodidactica (talk) 10:24, 23 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Comtesse d'Autodidactica: For Berg Fashion Library you should have received an application approval email on April 16th from - I can see from our logs that it was sent to your registered email address. Maybe you can check your spam folder?
For NewspaperArchive I agree this process isn't as clear as it could be. In this case we're required to collect user information and then send that over to the publisher so that they can set your account up for you. They should then contact you with the relevant details. Once that application has been set to 'finalized', your information has been sent and we're just waiting for setup. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:57, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Samwalton9 (WMF): Thanks for replying! I did check spam for the Berg email and searched for email from the address you gave, but didn't find anything. Thanks for the info on how things work with NewspaperARCHIVE. ·• Comtesse d'Autodidactica (talk) 19:34, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Search feature now available![edit]

The Wikipedia Library team is excited to announce that a centralized search tool is now available to all users eligible to use the library! Instead of needing to search across individual collections one-by-one, you’ll now be able to search content from across a wide range of collections from one search bar. This search tool uses the EBSCO Discovery Service software and contains a wide array of filtering and advanced search options.

To check which collections are indexed, we’ve also added icons and filters to My Library. Search pulls content from almost all of the collections which are accessible by default for eligible users (the Library Bundle). This means you can search with the confidence that every result will be accessible to you. In the future, we plan to enable users to turn off this limit, so that you could also search across collections which require individual applications, but we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to access all results in this mode, as this depends on your individual authorizations.

To check out the search tool just head over to, log in, and you’ll find the search bar at the top of your screen. We hope you find this feature useful, and would love to hear your feedback at Talk:Library Card platform/Search. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 17:40, 7 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

  • Thank you for this great feature. Wakelamp (talk) 07:53, 11 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

New website[edit]

Sorry but I don't like it, it's very messy, and why did I get a notification 3 times about the new site? Edit: when searching from the library I'm redirected to external site ??? Stryn (talk) 09:35, 11 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Stryn: Thanks for the feedback. Firstly, the notification being sent multiple times is a bug we're currently working on fixing (T295484), apologies for that. Could you elaborate on what you mean by 'messy'? As for searching, we're using EBSCO Discovery Service as our search platform; it handles the huge task of syncing our available content with publishers for us and meant we didn't have to build an entirely new search platform from scratch. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:52, 12 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]


I was surprised to find a Meta notification today that I'm now eligible for the Wikipedia Library. Thank you for the very welcome reminder; it will save me the trouble of finding free sources for papers locked away by the big publishers. However, the timing seems strange. I'm still short of 500 Meta edits, but passed the 500/180 threshold on enwp in 2008. Certes (talk) 16:50, 15 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Certes: Glad to hear that the notification was helpful :) We're just in the process of rolling this out (T288070) and the 500 edits criterion is based on global edits, so you received it after making an edit because you were already eligible! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:27, 16 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]


@Samwalton9 (WMF): Given this edit you may want to reconsider the mention of (Freenode!) irc here as well? Effeietsanders (talk) 05:42, 20 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for spotting that - I've filed T296625. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:48, 29 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Screwed up password[edit]

I made a mess of my Ancestry account. I changed my password, but then neglected to record the new one. I could not get a retrieve code because my email address is not on record with Ancestry. Also I notice that my access to databases has lapsed. Can someone please help me wit this mess that I created? My apologies for lousing this up, but I would love to get it fixed. If someone can ping me on Wikipedia or email it would be great. Thank you, Figureofnine (talk) 18:05, 22 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Nomos eLibrary[edit]

Dear @Samwalton9 (WMF):, I've just noticed that the Nomos eLibrary has significantly reduced access through the Wikipedia Library. I cannot access titles which I had accessed without problems just a few months ago. Most titles are now marked „Kein Zugriff“ [No Access]. Is that a bug or has the deal with Nomos changed? Happy new year, Polibil (talk) 09:16, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Polibil: It's likely that our access expired on Nomos' end - I'll send them an email asking to extend that and will let you know when I hear back. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:41, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Perfect, thank you! Polibil (talk) 12:29, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Merge suggested partner sites[edit]

On the Suggest partners page, there are some suggested partners that are listed multiple times (Hathi Trust, for example), and each listing has multiple upvotes. Is there a way to merge duplicate entries so each suggested site is listed only once? This would make the upvote counts more accurate. It might even be good to put in a check of the new suggestions that makes sure the URL hasn't already been suggested, and suggest upvoting the existing suggestion rather than adding it again. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 23:58, 10 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I asked a similar question last year and merging was reported as being technically impossible. HHill (talk) 08:40, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Nihonjoe: It's a good suggestion! I've filed T298947. I will say, though, that when we make our lists of priorities we do aggregate duplicate suggestions to get a more accurate vote total, so this isn't the end of the world in terms of our prioritization. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:29, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF): I'm glad to know you do that. It would make it easier for us plebes, though, if there weren't two or three or four entries for the same site. Thanks for creating the phab ticket. ···日本穣? · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe 17:14, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Edinburgh University Press[edit]

Is anyone else having difficulty accessing any content through this source? Brigade Piron (talk) 21:16, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Brigade Piron: Just confirming that it looks like our access to Edinburgh University Press might have expired - I've contacted them to see if we can get that reinstated. I'll let you know when I've heard back. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:38, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF):, thanks for looking into this. Please do let me know if it is reinstated! Brigade Piron (talk) 16:02, 12 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Brigade Piron: Edinburgh have confirmed that our access should still be active. Could you provide some further details on the issues you're having accessing content? They did mention that "there was recently a problem with loading PDF files, where the file would not complete loading (on some systems there would have been a coffee cup icon that was supposed to ‘fill’ but this would not happen)". Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:26, 18 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF):, I'm grateful for your trouble with this. At time of writing, I cannot access the site at all - I get a "site cannot be reached" error when clicking through our link ( Brigade Piron (talk) 19:45, 18 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Brigade Piron: Ah, OK, are you using Chrome? Is there some kind of error code below the 'Can't be reached' message? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:43, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF):, yes I am using Chrome. Is that an issue? I don't think there is any error code - it's an issue with the page simply failing to load. Brigade Piron (talk) 13:20, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Brigade Piron: No that shouldn't be a problem. Are you using any extensions, or have you perhaps turned on additional security settings such as blocking cookies? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:23, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I am pleasantly surprised, but how did you pick me tonight after 15 years? What are the criteria? Thanks. Fowler&fowler (talk) 02:21, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Fowler&fowler, the criteria for The Wikipedia Library are at . TSventon (talk) 09:07, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! Looking forward. Fowler&fowler (talk) 14:48, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to USE this?[edit]

I have just spent a couple of hours playing with the Wikipedia Library, and I am trying to figure out how I can use it in Wikipedia. I am having three main problems (so far):

  1. How to log back on? I got a pop-up message inviting me to apply, and it had a link to "log on using Wikipedia". That worked fine. But now that I have logged off there, I can't find any way to get back on. I tried going back to the same URLs, but they go to a logon screen that asks for my User ID and Password. I tried using my Wikipedia ones, but they failed.
  2. The advanced search facility is great, and finds hits from all over. But when I open a hit, I get some information about it (title, author, date, publisher, etc.) but that alone is not helpful - I would also need to be able to read the content of the article. Is there some magic trick to being able to go from what is essentially a catalogue entry to the actual contents?
  3. How to cite it on Wikipedia? I can't use the ebscohost URL (in fact it gives an error message if I even try). So do I have to just go without an online link? Even then, the ebscohost tool often seems to be summarizing several news sources, which means that things like the title don't relate to any individual news source. Some of the promising-looking hits I found listed at least half a dozen newspapers that covered the story, with date and page numbers. But without being able to read those articles I can't say which covers what details, and I don't have enough details there to cite any individual source.--Gronk Oz (talk) 08:55, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Gronk Oz:
1) You can navigate back to the library at the following URL: The only login screen you should be presented with is one on Meta if you're not already logged in there.
2) Search results should have a "PDF Full Text", "View Full Text", "Full Text Finder" or similar link which takes you to the full text of that item. Sometimes search results are only the bibliographic data for that item. In this case we don't actually have access to the full text, unfortunately, but these should be in the minority. If you have any specific examples of searches and results you can't figure out how to access I'd be happy to take a look.
3) Unfortunately getting the correct URL to cite can be challenging through the search results. The last time I spoke to EBSCO they said they were working on UI improvements which would present a clearer stable URL for citations. Sometimes the first pages of PDFs you're reading will have some citation guidance, such as a stable URL or a DOI link you can use. Regardless, it's not against Wikipedia or TWL policy for you to add a citation without including a URL. Hope that helps! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:28, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9: Thanks for such a prompt reply. I will bookmark that link. After I submitted the question, I found some other articles which did have the Full Text link, so I know what to look for there, now. And yes, I can use references without an online link. So this looks it will be a very helpful tool.--Gronk Oz (talk) 13:22, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
THX!) Helpful -Всевидяче Око (talk) 20:44, 28 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hm. I tried searching for the first time, looking for "Dermot Chenevix Trench and Haines of "Ulysses"". Found it all right, clicked through, and got the message "Your institution does not have access to this journal article on JSTOR". I feel like the dog in the cartoon looking doubtfully at St Peter at the Pearly Gates and saying "Eternal bliss is all very well, but is it just the usual business of no dogs on the sofa?" Pageturners (talk) 11:14, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Pageturners: That's an unfortunate first experience, sorry you couldn't find what you were looking for! Managing the list of content we have access to through that search interface is a constant battle for us in matching up what we think we have versus what the partner organisations tell us. It's not 100% correct yet, and I wasn't aware of any issue for JSTOR, so thanks for highlighting that. I've now contacted them and we'll adjust the settings so JSTOR links only go to accessible content. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 14:27, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Ah, thank you. So… not much accessible content, then? Probably what JSTOR already offers for free download? Pageturners (talk) 11:20, 4 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

would like to stay logged in[edit]

I appreciate that the library card platform which is accessible here is on a different server than the rest of the library content. However, I have two requests

  1. I would like to stay logged in to this platform (I never do, I always have to click the login button every time I go there)
  2. That the logo in the upper left of this page link to the actual Wikipedia library where I sometimes want to go to put something on the talk page or check something else.

Thank you! Jessamyn (talk) 01:26, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Jessamyn: Thanks for the feedback!
1) That's odd, and seems like an issue with cookies on your end. It should be the case that you remain logged in to the library (even if you log out of Wikipedia), so I suspect you might have some kind of cookie blocking setting turned on which is preventing this.
2) When you say "the actual Wikipedia Library", where are you referring to? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:46, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9: Thanks I'll look into the cookie thing. I mean I'd like to have a link back to this page which feels to me to be the center of TWL activities. Jessamyn (talk) 01:35, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Jessamyn: Ahh - we just discussed this the other week. The primary link we currently have back to Wikimedia projects is to this page, but we could also add locally relevant links to, for example, English Wikipedia. There's a Phab ticket for this at T299510. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:54, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9: Thank you. I did not mean the specific "Discuss" link (which makes sense to me, maybe not to other folks) but the "What happens when you click the Wikipedia Library icon in the upper left" issue. When I am on this page clicking that icon takes me here (the wikipedia library collections page) when I would have expected it to take me here (main page of The Wikipedia Library in English). When I am on the main page when not logged in, that image in the upper left isn't clickable at all. So consistent behavior is the main thing and then determining the proper place for that link to go is the second. Jessamyn (talk) 21:17, 27 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Access to collections at The Wikipedia Library[edit]

I just received a notice that I now have access to The Wikipedia Library. This will be helpful and I appreciate it. At the same time, I have already access to some of the collections. Should I somehow return/decline those collections so that other users can use them?
--DaffodilOcean (talk) 10:29, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@DaffodilOcean: No worries, that's fine, you don't need to do anything :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:59, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I've received a similar message; and reacted with the same question as @DaffodilOcean. The reason for this is of course the admonition in the about page, namely, the following:
Any editor can use the library if they meet a few basic requirements:
*You do not already have access to the resources you’re applying for through another library or institution
Now, I indeed have access to a bunch of sources (mainly academic journals) through my university. @Samwalton9 (WMF): Does your answer to DaffodilOcean mean that I completely shall ignore the instruction about not having other access? (If so, perhaps that admonition line should be removed from the about page.) Or, does it only apply in some cases, e. g., when asking for special access to some resources which "require an application before access is granted", as also described in that page? (If so, perhaps the admonition should be clarified a bit.)
I really look forward to adding this tool for finding adequate background and reference material; but I do not want to abuse it, and therefore would like to understand precisely what the exception "not already have access" is about. Regards, JoergenB (talk) 20:51, 30 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@JoergenB: I think you're right that this needs, at minimum, rewording. For limited-access collections which require an application this was more relevant, but now that more than half of the library's content is available no-questions-asked this is less important. I'll get this reworded, and in the meantime don't worry about this criteria except when you're applying for some additional collection - if you already have access to it somewhere else it would be best to leave a seat for other users. I've just filed T300486 Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:22, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks, both for the clarification here, and for the filing! JoergenB (talk) 12:21, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Use of Wikipedia library[edit]

Recently, I get access of Wiki library. For how long I can access it? Can I apply for more than one collections in once? What is use of it and where can I use? Dineshswamiin (talk) 11:49, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Dineshswamiin: As long as you're making at least 10 edits each month, and don't get any significant blocks, you can use it for as long as the program is running (hopefully a long time!). You can apply to more than one collection at once. You can use the library to do research, and then use the resources you find as citations when writing content. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:28, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

A typo[edit]

In the register page, the Mandarin of "I agree to the above terms of use" is 我同意這些使用條款, not 我同這些使用條款. They missed Sean0115 (talk) 04:48, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Sean0115: Thanks for flagging this. You can register for TranslateWiki and fix this yourself at :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:25, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Newspaper Archive[edit]

I was approved for Newspaper Archive about a month ago yet still have not received my login credentials. Who do I poke about this? TenPoundHammer (talk) 05:01, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

TenPoundHammer, the coordinator for NewspaperArchive is SoWhy, who says your login was sent 14 January and again 4 February. Have you checked your spam folder? Nikkimaria (talk) 23:58, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Nikkimaria: Thanks. I checked it twice but never found it until just now. TenPoundHammer (talk) 00:10, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

renewal notices not being sent, or maybe I don't understand what they are?[edit]

Hello -- I just had my access abruptly end at day 365 since my last renewal. Not a big deal, but I know it can take a little bit of time to get it up and running again and I've been working on a few articles that require this access. I've applied for a renewal and I noticed when I checked my account that I have a checkbox next to "Send renewal notices" but I know I never got any notice that my account was nearly expired. Am I understanding correctly what this does? Should I have gotten an email about it? Thanks for this great resource. Jessamyn (talk) 22:19, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Office Hours[edit]

The Wikipedia Library team will be hosting Office Hours next week!

Time: 10th February, 1pm-2pm UTC (


The Office Hours will be a chance for you to learn about how to get the most out of the library, ask us any questions that you might have, or request that we add certain content that’s of interest to you and your community. If there’s interest in future Office Hours we’d be happy to schedule more at another day/time.

Looking forward to seeing folks there, Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:54, 4 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Isn't the Wikipedia Library counterproductive to the free culture movement?[edit]

I'm having a hard time figuring out why the WM Foundation is going to this much effort to help editors add citations to Wikipedia articles that will only lead to paywalled sites which will deny access to ordinary Wikipedia users (and/or try to charge them outrageous amounts of money for access to single documents).

This topic doesn't seem to be addressed in the summaries about this project, nor in the breathless notice that was sent to me as an editor (claiming these paywall guys are "reliable sources" and that I am now eligible for "free" access to a "wide collection" of them). (At the very least, the notice should distinguish this project as "free-as-in-beer" access to unfree-as-in-freedom resources, rather than leaving the mistaken impression that these are free-as-in-freedom resources.)

When information is available in a freely published source, shouldn't Wikipedia editors prioritize citing to those, to reduce the hassle for readers and fact-checkers of the resulting article? If that's true, then searching around in proprietary journals like these should be the conscientious editor's LAST resort. None of this is mentioned either; instead there is full encouragement to use this loss-leader into this proprietary library.

And, in what sense is this the WIKIPEDIA library? None of this stuff belongs to Wikipedia. None of it is even accessible to ordinary Wikipedia users. Perhaps it should be called the Wikimedia Foundation Insiders Proprietary Access Circumventer? Gnuish (talk) 09:57, 9 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Free (free as in free beer) access to paywalled sources granted to trusted editors, enables them to provide a reference to a paywalled source with a well-written summary, which in turn makes the information freely available. (free as in freedom). Enjoy! -- Wkee4ager (👨🏼‍💻💬) 07:58, 10 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Gnuish: Thanks for your comments. The program started, and has continued to run, because there are a significant number of community members who want to use it. We're not forcing anyone to use the library and editors are of course welcome to use or prioritise other sources. Ultimately editors are already citing these sources without using The Wikipedia Library, rather through a local or university library with access, or a personal subscription. Paywalled citations using The Wikipedia Library are in the minority in most cases. We agree, however, that editors should use freely readable sources wherever feasible. In the search results in the library we integrated Unpaywall, so there are often free-to-read versions of results available which editors can link to. In terms of providing information to editors to better explain this issue, I think we could do something, but it might be counterintuitive, especially to new users, to read a message which effectively says "you can use this but you should use something else". I'll have a think about how we might be able to do this effectively. Lastly, I don't think the name implies ownership, in the same way that any city or university library doesn't claim ownership over the journals and other online resources they subscribe to. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:16, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Suggestions: At the Wikipedia Library page, the title could change from "Over 90 of the world's top subscription-only databases, free for Wikipedians of all backgrounds" (followed by a list of criteria for "you may have already won FREE access to this marvelous library!") to: "Can't find a freely accessible source to cite? Over 90 of the world's top subscription-only databases are subsidizing free access for carefully limited numbers of Wikipedians, in the hope that we'll cite them and send them paying customers." There are also "More info" buttons at the bottom of the screen for every subscription database, but NO "More info" button for the Wikipedia Library itself (that could explain why we have it and what it is and isn't good for).
And in the short Notification that I received last week, rather than saying "Congratulations! You are now eligible for The Wikipedia Library. Click her to browse a wide collection of free reliable sources." it could say something like, "The Wikipedia Library provides a way to get past paywalls to access a collection of reliable sources. If you can't find free-access sources to cite, click here to sign up." Also note, I have been eligible for a LONG time, but just got this notice last week. And from the comments I've read, you can't just click and browse -- it's a more arduous process. Can you at leasst remove the deceptive-sounding commercial-sounding You May Already Be A Winner style from the notification? Thank you for the think! Gnuish (talk) 00:26, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Gnuish, it's a valid question, to which I suspect we don't have an answer.

Is there any study on whether the Wikimedia Foundation's promotion of paywalled sources through this program leads to an increase of the closed access rate of citations on Wikipedia articles?

The OA rate seems stable in 2021 compared to 2018, although in the meanwhile global OA rates increased, according to Bianca Kramer and Cameron Neylon's counts of OA status of DOIs referenced in Wikipedia (warning, ods link to Google; hopefully works without proprietary JavaScript and cookies): in Jeroen Bosman's words, « that result (28% gold+bronze, 11% green, 61% closed) is very close to the 2018 analysis (29% gold+bronze, 10% green, 61% closed)». Nemo 15:53, 16 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

deutsche Nutzungsbedingungen / German language conditions of use when applying[edit]

... ein Satz is das nich / this phrase is no phrase, and only makes sense by guessing:

"Der Zugang zu Inhalten von „The Wikipedia Library“ ist auf Community-Mitglieder mit aktivem Engagement in den Wikimedia-Projekten beschränkt und ihre Zugänge zu diesen Inhalten zum Verbessern der Projekte verwenden werden."

Should be corrected.

Could it be this ?:

~ Der Zugang zu Inhalten von „The Wikipedia Library“ ist auf Community-Mitglieder mit aktivem Engagement in den Wikimedia-Projekten beschränkt und wird gewährt, sofern ihre Zugänge zu diesen Inhalten zum Verbessern der Projekte verwenden werden. ~

S.o. with access to the original text (probably the English version) would have to check this. Greetings --MistaPPPP (talk) 23:50, 9 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@MistaPPPP: If you register for TranslateWiki you can update this yourself at Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:13, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@MistaPPPP: Thanks for the information. I have corrected that, should be updated on the platform shortly. Sandro Halank (WMDE) (talk) 19:01, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I still haven't gotten my login credentials for Newspaper Archive and it's been over a month. Can someone help me? TenPoundHammer (talk) 03:53, 11 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Economist access[edit]

Hello, I'm trying to access an article in The Economist magazine. Is access available through the library? Thanks. Bangabandhu (talk) 15:08, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Bangabandhu: Yes, via Gale (Gale Onefile News to be precise). HHill (talk) 19:39, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Al Manhal don't work[edit]

Hello, I have tried Al Manhal. I searched for "Microbiology." When I try to download one of the results it don't work, I recieve the following message:

You have reached the maximum page limits.
For full access to content on Al Manhal, contact your Library Head.

Greetings, --Kogge (talk) 07:41, 15 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kogge: Thanks for reporting this issue, we contacted Al Manhal and I think this problem should be solved. Can you check? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:48, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes, now it works. Thank you, --Kogge (talk) 19:02, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

10 edits in month[edit]

Just curious if I will need to maintain 10 edits per month to keep access. Some months I do not make that many edits. I could always do some cleanup on articles to maintain that amount, but am just curious if the 10/month is a one-time thing or not? Mikeatnip (talk) 16:41, 3 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Mikeatnip: That criterion is basically checked each day. That means if you dont make many edits one month, and find you can't use the library, you can simply make some edits so you have 10 in the past month and you'll be able to get back in :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 14:06, 7 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Access to Benezit Dictionary of Artists?[edit]

Hi, I can't access articles in the Benezit Dictionary of Artists, provided by Oxford on line. I'm logged in and the padlock is green and open. Clicking on the link, I'm redirected to the same page. What happened? How can I read the article? Thanks--Patafisik (talk) 11:52, 9 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Gale Books don't work[edit]

"You do not have access to the requested document. " is all i get when looking for full text.--Avron (talk) 19:21, 24 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How do I use collections?[edit]

OK, thanks for this opportunity but I have no idea how to use it. I applied for access e.g. to the German newspaper Stern. I was approved and now I have to provide an email address for login. I'm trying to use the email address I use for Wikipedia but there is no such user at Stern (obviously). What email address should I provide? Or how else can I log in? Thank you

Oxford Art Online[edit]

Am I the only one who has been unable to access Oxford Art Online through the Wikipedia Library ( for the past few days? Is the site down? Ficaia (talk) 12:59, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Seems to be working fine for me. Trying clearing your cache/cookies? Nikkimaria (talk) 00:04, 18 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I can't access Grove Music either; was working fine until this evening. Espresso Addict (talk) 03:14, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

New Wikipedia Library Collections Available Now - April 2022[edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

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  • Wiley – journals, books, and research resources, covering life, health, social, and physical sciences
  • OECD – OECD iLibrary, Data, and Multimedia​​ published by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
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Many other sources are freely available for experienced editors, including collections which recently became accessible to all eligible editors: Cambridge University Press, BMJ, AAAS, Érudit and more.

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Foreign Affairs access issue[edit]

When I click into Foreign Affairs,the page shows a circle rotating and "Loading..." prompt. Kethyga (talk) 11:44, 1 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kethyga: I'm not seeing this issue, is it still happening? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:12, 2 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
still happening, both in Firefox & Chrome. Kethyga (talk) 09:23, 2 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF) I closed all the browser addons, and it works normally. It should have nothing to do with TWL. Thanks for your reply. Kethyga (talk) 09:42, 2 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]