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University of Chicago Library Orientation

Learn about Library collections, services, and resources that are essential for UChicago students.

Accessing Library Resources from Off-Campus

View the 90 second video below to learn how to access library resources off-campus.

Library Links

Links on Library web pages are configured to route you through the campus proxy server, which authorizes access. You will be prompted to log in with your CNetID and password so that you may access our resources wherever you are. Without the proxy server, publishers have no way to identify you as being affiliated with the University of Chicago and you will be asked to purchase content.

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension for Chrome, Edge, Firefox and Safari. It works with our FindIt service to identify publisher websites where the Library has licensed access. Because it uses FindIt, you can be sure that you are able to access an article, even if you aren't using a link from the Library. Learn more and get a link to install it on the LibKey Nomad guide

ProxyIt! Bookmarklet

The ProxyIt! bookmarklet will reload a page to use IT Services proxy server. Install this button in your browser to get access to Library resources from off campus.

  • In Chrome, Edge, Firefox or Safari, drag this ⇒ ProxyIt! ⇐ link to your bookmarks toolbar.

Once installed, anytime you go to a web page of one of our electronic resources, click the ProxyIt! Button and it will reroute the page through the proxy server so that you can login and access the material. You must have JavaScript enabled for the bookmarklet to work.

ProxyIt! will only work for resources to which the Library has subscribed.  You can find whether we have a subscription by consulting the Library Catalog, the Ejournals database, or Articles Plus.  


Virtual Private Network (VPN) software creates a secure connection to the campus network and gives you access to all resources that are limited to campus access. It requires you to install and configure software rather than using links in your browser.