New arrangements for remote access to Electronic Resources (without use of VPN)

8 August 2008

On 1 August 08 Athens authentication was replaced by Oxford Single Sign On (SSO) (

To access resources remotely, it is best to use OU e-Journals ( and the new OxLIP+ service [beta launch] ( Installation of VPN on readers’ computers is no longer needed.

For individual e-Journal titles

From the OU e-Journals site, clicking through to a journal will lead to users being prompted for their SSO login details. Entering these details will provide access as if the user were on-campus, using the new EZProxy service.

For databases, electronic reference works and e-book and e-journal packages

From the new OxLIP+ site, clicking through to a resource will lead to users being prompted for their SSO login details (and will override the ‘padlock’ icon that appears where users have not logged in). This works exactly as above for e-Journals.

Users can also log in to OxLIP+ in the first instance, by choosing the “log in” link in the top right hand corner of the screen. Logging in at this point means that no further login will be necessary when accessing a resource (and will also allow use of the personalisation features of the system).

End of Athens

The change away from Athens for remote access is affecting many HE institutions. Many information providers and publishers are still working on becoming compliant with the new system, which will use the Oxford Single Sign On (SSO) login information (the same as Webauth/Herald).

Please contact if you have any further queries or are having problems in accessing a resource.

Information for external readers using Oxford University Libraries

Direct, off-campus access to all electronic resources is not available to those holding library cards (rather than blue-stripe University cards). See for information about entitlement.

External readers are entitled to walk-in, i.e. on-campus, use only by the terms of our subscriptions to most electronic resources. However, a few resources (principally in law and business) are further restricted by log-in to current University members even on campus. Readers who have affiliations to other academic institutions may be able to obtain off-campus access to their home subscription resources remotely by arrangement with their home institution.

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