The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Access to library resources from off-campus

The UMass Amherst Libraries subscribe to many online resources that are subject to license restrictions which limit off-campus access to UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff only.   You can access these resources through the Libraries website.  When prompted, login with your UMass Amherst NetID and password. 

When off campus you need to go through the library website and authenticate with your NetID and Password in order to use Google Scholar or  directly use content on publisher sites. Going through the library website first allows you to access this content as if you were on campus.

If you want to search resources using your own bookmarked URLs we recommend you install the proxy bookmarklet on your browsers toolbar.  The bookmarklet lets you log into the off-campus proxy service without having to always start from the Libraries website.

GlobalProtect users: Staff and faculty using the campus VPN GlobalProtect still need to authenticate via the Library Website. GlobalProtect does not allow off campus access to library digital materials.

Have questions?  Contact us for help with e-resources access.

How do I know if the URL I have will give me access from off-campus?

If the URL does not contain silk.library.umass.edu in it, you will not be recognized as UMass Amherst user by the content provider.

Here's an example of URL that will provide off-campus access to a UMass Amherst database: 

http://silk.library.umass.edu/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.asp?profile=web&defaultdb=aph

How to Install the UMass Amherst Proxy Bookmarklet:

FirefoxFirefox

Google Chrome Google Chrome

Internet Explorer Internet Explorer

The proxy bookmarklet does not work with Internet Explorer.

Safari Safari

How to Use the Bookmarklet:

If the resource URL in your browser doesn't contain silk.library.umass.edu in it, click on the "UMass Amherst Proxy" bookmarklet in your list of bookmarks. This will direct you to a page where you can login with your UMass Amherst NetID. After logging in, you should gain access to the licensed content.

Note: If UMass Amherst Libraries do not have a subscription to the content you're looking for, you will not be granted access to it. Search the Libraries for our licensed content. 

Still have questions?  Contact us for help with e-resources access.