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Last updated: 5/27/09

Remote Access to Library Online Resources

Almost all of the University Libraries’ databases, e-journals, and other electronic information resources may be seamlessly accessed from any computer on the campus network. A small number of e-resources may be accessed only from within the University Library building.

However, remote access (i.e. access from off-campus) to the majority of these resources is restricted due to license agreements with vendors/publishers and the high cost of databases and electronic journals.

Before you can access most of these online information resources from off-campus, you must first establish your “online identity” as a member of the URI community. Specifically, you must be a current student, staff member, or member of the faculty.

How to access library e-resources from off-campus


1. Make sure you connect to the resource using a link from the HELIN Library Catalog or the University Libraries Web site.

2. When prompted, enter your name and library barcode for access.


Almost all of the Library’s electronic resources are set up to work with our proxy server. (Technically, this means that we have added a 0- to the beginning of the first part of the URL and to the end, e.g.

With this setup, you can connect to the Internet using any Internet Service Provider you want—AOL, Cox, AT&T, Verizon, etc.

Each time you connect to the Internet and click on a restricted online resource from the University Libraries’ Web site or from within the HELIN library catalog, you will be prompted for your name as it appears on your University ID and your library barcode, also located on your University ID. You will only need to enter this information once per session. Once you have been “authenticated” as a URI borrower, you may access the online resource and begin your search.

Your level of access to the electronic resources when connecting from off-campus is determined by your “patron type” as recorded in the HELIN computer system. Your patron type, for example, might identify you as a URI graduate student or a Providence College undergraduate.

If you feel that you have been denied access to an electronic resource in error, please contact Circulation to make sure that

a) your library barcode is active and you are therefore registered as a borrower in the HELIN system,

b) your library registration has not expired, and

c) your library registration accurately reflects your current URI status (e.g. URI undergraduate student, URI graduate student, URI staff member, URI faculty member, etc.)

If you have further questions about accessing Library electronic resources from off-campus, or to report a problem accessing a resource, please contact the Reference Desk for assistance.

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