Problem affecting off-campus access to EBSCOhost databases

Off-campus access to databases on the EBSCOhost platform is currently unavailable, due to problems affecting EBSCO’s Shibboleth authentication service. (On-campus access is unaffected).

When attempting to login to an EBSCOhost database from off-campus, the following error message displays:

Session Creation Failure

The inter-institutional access system was unable to successfully build a login session for you at [date and time]

To report this problem, please contact the site administrator at root@localhost. (Please note, there is no need to act on this instruction)

Please include the following message in any email:

Session creation failure at (

Session Creation Error

The databases involved are:

  • Academic Search Elite
  • Business Source Premier
  • EconLit
  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • PsycINFO
  • Regional Business News
  • SPORTDiscus
  • Textile Technology Index

This problem is affecting all UK universities using the Shibboleth framework for EBSCOhost authentication. A further update will be provided once we have received confirmation of a resolution from EBSCOhost.