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Off-Campus Access

The Libraries offer access to hundreds of databases and e-journals from off campus. UAlbany logon is required. 

If you are having problems connecting, see Frequently Asked Questions About Database Access.

Off-Campus Access Instructions For Databases and Online Journals

Accessible to University at Albany users only This icon appears in many places throughout the University Libraries Web site. It appears near links to databases and journals to which the Libraries subscribe. The icon means that you can access the database or journal from off campus ONLY if you are currently affiliated with the University. Non-University courtesy borrowers cannot access these materials.

If you are on campus, you do not need to authenticate yourself to access these resources.

This off-campus service is achieved through the use of a proxy server, which channels your requests to connect to these sites. The proxy server makes sure that you are a registered library borrower, and then connects you to the specified sites.

This proxy server machine may be used to connect to library resources only by members of the University at Albany community. All use by any others, for any purposes, is forbidden.

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Authorization is a two step procedure:

  1. Be sure you are a registered library borrower. You must currently be affiliated with the university as faculty, student or staff.
  2. When you click on the link to one of our restricted resources, an authentication page will appear that prompts you for your User Name and Password.

1. NetID Authentication

Login to Proxy Server

The University-wide NetID can be used in conjunction with your Unix cluster Password. This is the password you use for Unix logon, to get into your WebMail e-mail account, or to access WebCT. This password may differ from the one you use to access MYUAlbany and must be configured separately. It is recommended that you configure this password to be the same as your MYUAlbany password.

For more information about using the NetID for library services, scroll down.


Students, faculty, and staff can use their NetIDs to access the following library services.

  1. Off-campus access to databases and online journals: patrons must use their NetID to connect to the Libraries databases and online journals from off campus.
  2. My Library Card allows patrons to access their library account to review current materials checked out, review their loan history, and renew materials within our online catalog.
  3. ILLiad is the software used to request materials through Interlibrary Loan and UA Delivery.
  4. Electronic Reserves provides 24/7 online access to course-related readings, lecture notes, PowerPoints, and more. 

How to Use NetID's in the University Libraries

Patrons can gain access to these services with their NetID and Unix cluster password. Note that this password may differ from the MyUAlbany password and must be configured separately. It is recommended that patrons configure the Unix cluster password to be the same as their MYUAlbany password.

Forgot your Unix cluster password or want to change it? Configure your password online by connecting to:

Where To Find

Anywhere in the world!

For questions and further assistance with NetIDs and passwords, call the Information Technology Services Help Desk at 442-3700 or go to http://www.albany.edu/its/help-request.html.

For further assistance with library services, call University Libraries Reference services at 518-442-3600, option 3, or AskUs online 24/7.