Athens is an access management system that provides remote access to the online databases and journals subscribed to by the RAI and the British Museum. This service is available for RAI Fellows. To have an Athens account set up, please email the Membership Manager for details.

After registration you will be issued with an Athens username and password that can be used to log in to MyAthens to see all the available online resources which include:

  • JSTOR. JSTOR includes archives (excluding the last 5 years) of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. The entire corpus is full-text searchable, offers search term highlighting, includes high-quality images and is interlinked by millions of citations and references.
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB). The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) provides 56,646 biographies of people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond, from the earliest times to the year 2004. You can search, browse, or explore themed essays.
  • The Times Digital Archive, 1785-1985. The Times Digital Archive is a full-image online archive of every page published by The Times [London] from 1785-1985. Users can search the full-text of the entire newspaper including news articles, obituaries, advertising and classifieds.