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How do I Use the Library?: Off Campus Research

An Introduction to the Kraemer Family Library

Off-Campus Access: How Does it Work?

Why Do I Need to Log In to Access the Library's Resources Off Campus? 

Due to license agreements, the Library's databases, eBooks, streaming films, and other electronic resources are only available off campus to current students, faculty, and staff. The Library uses a proxy server to identify authorized off-campus users.

How Does Off-Campus Access Work?

  1. When you click an electronic resource on the library websitelibrary catalog, or Canvas from off campus, the proxy will take you to a login page. (If you're on campus, you won't be asked to log in.)
  2. Enter your UCCS username and password. (The same one you use to access your email, Canvas, and so on.)

You only have to log in once in a two-hour period. Once you log in, you can access any of the library's electronic resources as if you were on campus.


Having Off-Campus Access Issues?

Review the troubleshooting tips below before contacting the Library.

  • Username or password issues? Look up your username or reset your password through the UCCS IT Department.
  • If pages don't display correctly, verify that cookies and JavaScript are enabled in your browser (Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, etc.)

How Can I Test Whether the Proxy Works for Me?

Open any of these links and log in when prompted: 

If you can access these databases, then you're able to access any of our electronic resources via the proxy.

Google Scholar

How Can I Use the Proxy with Google Scholar?

If you use Google Scholar for research, you will first need to configure your Library Links in Google Scholar's Preferences.

  1. Search the Library Links for University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Open WorldCat.
  2. Click Save Preferences.

​After configuring your Library Links in Preferences, all Kraemer Family Library links within Google Scholar will be proxied for off-campus access.

Proxy Link Generator

Have a link to a library electronic resource and want to ensure it works both on and off campus? Use our Proxy Link Generator! It will add the proxy server's referring URL ( to the beginning of a link, ensuring off-campus access works correctly. 

  • The link must be a stable, persistent link.
  • You do not need to add the proxy referring URL to freely available sites or links that already contain

1. Copy and paste your source URL here:

2. Click the "Create link" button:

3. Copy and use the resulting link:

4. Clear the form to make another link:


 JavaScript must be enabled in your browser in order to use this tool.
Code adapted from Eastern Michigan State Unviersity's Stable Linking Guide by Sarah Memmott:

Reporting Access Issues

Problems? Tells Us!
If you're having trouble with off-campus access, and the tips on this page don't help, complete our feedback form.

Linking to an Electronic Resource

You can share links to specific articles, streaming videos, and other database content. For most resources, simply cut and paste the URL from the address bar.

A handful of database vendors require links to be generated within the database. Cutting and pasting the URL from the address bar won't work. These vendors include:

Clink the vendor name for instructions for finding the persistent link URL within its databases.