Proxy & Off-Campus Access

Due to licensing agreements, access to the Library's online journals, ebooks and databases are restricted to current students, faculty, and staff with University of Chicago CNetIDs and to users doing research within Library buildings. In addition, a group of specially licensed Electronic Resources for Alumni are available to University of Chicago alumni.

The Library's electronic journals and resources are accessible from any computer connected to the campus network (including offices, computing labs, and dorms). Connecting a laptop or other device to the campus network requires authentication with a CNetID and password. Visitors doing research within Library buildings who are not eligible for CNet IDs may be issued temporary wireless network credentials by the ID & Privileges Office or any library circulation desk. Learn more about computers and wireless in the Library.

Off-Campus Users

Access to electronic resources from off-campus requires authentication, which is done through IT Services' proxy server. Links on the Library web site are configured to do this automatically. You will be prompted to login using your CNetID and password.

University Hospitals employees without CNetIDs can authenticate using their UCHAD ID and password. Learn more about using UCHADs.

Off-campus access is only available to current students, faculty and staff. Alumni with CNetIDs may access a group of specially licensed databases from off-campus. Visit our Library Guide for more information on Electronic Resources for Alumni.

Resources for Off-Campus Access

ProxyIt! IT Services has made this tool for adding the proxy server information to links that do not include it. This is useful for articles located through Google Scholar or other search engines.

VPN Software IT Services offers this as an alternative way to access restricted resources, but they do not recommend it for most users due to its complexity.

Google Scholar users can set their preferences to use the Library's FindIt service. This lets you locate full text of articles directly form your Google results. Learn how to configure Google Scholar to access University of Chicago Library resources.

View a brief video tutorial:

Connecting to the Library Catalog

The University of Chicago Library Catalog is freely available through the University of Chicago Library's web site, although links to restricted resources require CNet login. If you are using EndNote or other Z39.50 software to connect to the catalog, please see our EndNote Help pages or Accessing the Library Catalog via Z39.50 Clients.

Get Help

If you are unable to connect to Library-licensed online resources or have questions, please contact us.