Off-campus access basics

How do I log in?

As long as you start from the library website, just find what you want and log in with your NetID when prompted.

More detailed instructions:

  1. Find the library resource you need, starting on the library website. You can also customize Google Scholar to give you University of Nevada, Reno links.
  2. Click on the links to get the resource (this may be a "Full text" link, a PDF button, or the Libraries' "Find It" button).
  3. When prompted, log in with your NetID.
  4. You will then be passed through to the resource you wanted. You will usually have to log in only once per web session.

Not sure what your NetID is?

University users must activate their NetID once. You do not need to activate it again for off-campus access. Visit the University NetID help page to activate your NetID, change your password, or get help. The Computing Help Desk can be reached at (775) 682-5000.

Helpful tips and tricks

Find It @ UNR with Google Scholar

This option will place a View It@UNR full-text link next to Google Scholar results.

  1. Navigate to Google Scholar and click on the link to Settings found in the menu in the upper-left of the browser window.
  2. Click into Library Links, enter the University of Nevada Reno into the text box, and click the Find Library button. Google Scholar should retrieve a list of options.
  3. Select the option that contains University of Nevada, Reno - View It@UNR.
  4. Click the Save button.


When you link to library resources, look for a permalink or other publisher-provided link on the webpage where you are viewing a particular article, video, or e-book. Permalinks are static or permanent web addresses (URLs) that use a stable link to connect to a specific item such as an article or e-book.

Avoid copying a URL from the browser address bar, as it may not work if shared or re-used. The permalink will also usually contain a prefix or code that will authenticate you as a University-affiliated user, making sure the link will work both on-campus and remotely.

Proxy authentication

EZproxy is the tool that lets University library users access databases, ejournals, and ebooks from off-campus using a University NetID and password. When you are on-campus (either on a campus computer or the wireless network), library databases and publishers recognize a campus IP address and know that you have permission to use subscription library resources. But, since our databases and publishers are only licensed for University students, faculty, and staff, they need to have a way to verify that an off-campus user is legitimately affiliated with University. EZproxy is the tool the University Libraries use to verify that someone is an authorized library user.

Library proxy prefix

The proxy server prefix should be placed in front of the permalink address for library resources that require authentication off-campus. Some databases will already include the proxy server address in the permalink, but some will not. Here is an example of a permalink from EBSCO eBook Collection:

Proxy bookmarklet

The proxy server bookmarklet lets you connect to databases and journals without going through the library website.

  • If you go directly to a publisher or organization web page that has access restrictions, this bookmarklet will ask you to log in with your NetID and then pass you through to the resource you were looking for.
  • This only works for resources the library subscribes to. (If the library does not subscribe, you can use interlibrary loan to request resources that you need.)

How to add to a browser

Manually create a bookmark or a "favorite" in your browser, and add the following code in the URL field:


Provide a name for the bookmark or "favorite" such as, "Reload in University proxy server" and save.

Note: Check your browser's documentation on how to add or edit a bookmark or favorite.

Terms of use

Use of the online databases, ejournals, and ebooks provided by the University of Nevada is governed by license agreements. These agreements require the University to give access only to its students, faculty, and staff (though, in most cases, they also allow use by unaffiliated visitors who are physically present on campus). They also place certain obligations on the individual user.

Among these are the following:

  • To use the information contained in these products for personal, noncommercial purposes only;
  • To refrain from systematically downloading significant portions of the online content;
  • To refrain from redistributing the content to others outside the University community;
  • To refrain from copying or tampering with the software by which the information is organized and displayed.

As you use these resources, please keep the above obligations in mind. If you fail to adhere to them, you may lose your network privileges and face other disciplinary action. Severe breaches of the license terms can result in the entire University losing access to important online resources.

For more details about your obligations when using University computing and network resources, see the Information Technology Policies page