Connect from off-campus

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

How to connect

All users should familiarize themselves with the Library's policy on conditions of use for electronic resources.

Current students, faculty, and staff can connect to the Library's electronic resources from off-campus. Search in Omni and select your electronic resource. You will be prompted to enter your login information.

  • Select user group: Current uOttawa Students, Staff, and Faculty
  • Username: Full email address ([email protected])
  • Password: To create or reset your password, use the Password Management Tool.  You can also call the uOttawa IT Service Desk at 613-562-5800 ext. 6555

Once you sign-in you will have access to the online resources (ebooks, journal articles, streaming videos, etc.) and to your Library Omni account (borrowing information, saved searches, etc.).

If you still have problems logging in or accessing Library online resources, please use the Technical support form.

How to connect

Authorized users

Off-campus access is limited to the following authorized user groups:

Alumni, retirees, and members of the public
The Library is unable to offer off-campus access to electronic resources. The legal licenses that govern access to electronic resources stipulate that they are only for current students, faculty and employees of uOttawa. Online resources access options available include:

  • Use the free and open access electronic resources  
  • Use a guest account on site (Duration: 1 hour). You must present a piece of ID with your name, address and signature, and fill out a form at the Library Circulation Desk.

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.

Need further help?

Use the Technical support form.

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