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Redeeming your access code

One way of gaining access to Politics Trove is through an access code or token which contains a multiple digit number. If this access code or token has been provided to you by your institution, then your access to Politics Trove is governed by your institution's licence with OUP (as well as the Privacy Policy and Legal Notice which appear on the Politics Trove website). 

To redeem your code and gain access to Politics Trove, please read the following instructions.

By activating your code you indicate that you accept our terms and conditions.

  1. Have your access code to hand and click here
  2. Enter your code and activate your account
  3. Fill in your details and choose a password to create your account

Your account will be activated immediately and you can begin discovering.

You will not need your activation code once your account has been set up. On subsequent log-ins you will just need your username and password.

Your access code can only be redeemed once and is not transferable.

You must activate your access code before 30 June 2021. Access will last for 6 or 12 months from activation.  

You’ll be directed to the Politics Trove homepage, choose to “unlock the titles in your subscription”. Select the open padlock icon to reveal just the content you have access to. The content your code entitles you to will remain the same for your  6 or 12 month access period.

If you don't have an access code but would like to buy 6 or 12 months access to Politics Trove, please visit the Purchasing a Collection page for details on how to do this.

If you have your code
Click here to redeem your access code and activate your access (after reading our terms and conditions below).

My access code doesn’t work. What do I do?
If you’ve entered your code correctly, and it doesn’t work, please email It would help us if you include the name of your institution, how you were given your code, and the access number in your email.

I’ve set up my access but my login doesn’t work.
Please email us at, including as much information as possible about your situation.

I've had my access code for a while but haven't redeemed it yet, is there a time limit?
Yes, you must activate your code before 30 June 2021, after that it will expire.

I'm getting an error message telling me "The simultaneous user limit associated with your subscription has been exceeded" what do I do?
All users have a single concurrency (i.e there can't be more than one person using the same login to access Politics Trove) so if you've failed to log out correctly, or if your browser closes unexpectedly, or if you try to open a further session within a different browser, the system thinks you are still logged in and you'll be denied access. This can generally be avoided by:

  • Always logging out at the end of the session
  • Always log out when you've used a shared computer
  • Only using one browser to access the site
  • Waiting approximately 25-30 minutes for the session to ‘expire’
  • Clearing saved cookies and cache from your browser

If you are still experiencing login problems please email, with as much information as possible.

Additional help can be found on our FAQ pages

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