Connect from off-campus

Current students, faculty and staff can connect to the Library's electronic resources from off-campus.

How to connect

When first connecting, you will be prompted to enter your login information:

  • Username: The part before the @ in your email address.
  • Password: To create or reset your password, use the Password Management Tool. You can also call the Service Desk at 613-562-5800 ext. 6555.

If you still have problems logging in or accessing an article, use the Technical support form.

Create links for off-campus access

Publishers normally provide permanent links to articles and other resources (DOI or persistent URL). To ensure access to a permanent link both on and off campus, you need to add the library proxy to the URL. Use the proxy link generator provided below to do this for you.

Simply paste in the resource URL (DOI or persistent URL) provided by the publisher and click "Make an off-campus link!". A newly created link will appear in the second box. Click on "View" or copy and paste the new URL into your browser to access the resource from on or off campus.


  • Digital Object Identifier (DOI): a standardized method for identifying an electronic object.
  • Persistent URL: a permanent URL listed in the article citation or abstract which may be labeled "Permalink", "Document URL", "Persistent Link" or something similar, depending on the database platform.

Authorized users

Off-campus access is available to:

Unfortunately, we cannot provide off-campus access to alumni, retirees or former staff. The library system must sign license agreements with our online content providers that obligate us to restrict access to current members of the uOttawa community. For further information please see the Library's policy on conditions of use for electronic resources.

Visitors and members of the public have access to these free electronic resources and may consult most of our electronic resources at the Library by applying for a guest account at the circulation desk.

Need further help?

Use the Technical support form.

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