Accessing KU Libraries Online Resources
This page describes who can access restricted content, how to access this content under normal circumstances, and how to troubleshoot common issues.
Who can access KU Libraries Online Resources?
Off-campus access to electronic resources is available to all currently enrolled students, faculty, staff and authorized affiliates of the University of Kansas as described in KU's Policy on Acceptable Use of Electronic Information Resources. For general access policies, see KU Libraries' policy on Off-Campus Access to Licensed Electronic Resources.
- Students: If you are a currently enrolled student and do not have off-campus access, but think you may be eligible (this can sometimes be an issue between semesters), please confirm your current enrollment status by checking Enroll & Pay.
- Faculty and Staff: If you are a currently employed faculty or staff member and do not have access, please confirm your current employment status with your department or with KU Human Resources
- KU Medical Center: In general students and researchers at KUMC should access KU online resources via the A.R. Dykes Library at KUMC. For more information, see Access to Electronic Resources – Options for KUMC Students, Faculty, and Staff.
- Affiliates: If you believe you are eligible as an affiliate of university, please review the university’s official policy on affiliates. Human Resources has a comprehensive list of affiliations detailing eligibility for campus privileges. KU Human Resources provides an affiliate status request form which departments and affiliated organizations (not individuals) may use to request affiliate status.
- KU Emeritus and Retired Faculty and Staff: Emeritus and Retired individuals with active Affiliate status as emeritus or retired in KU HR/Pay will have access. See Affiliates paragraph above for additional information.
- Visitors to the KU Libraries: Anyone not currently enrolled at or employed by the University of Kansas may use most library databases and e-journals at the Community Access Workstations available onsite in many KU Libraries locations. Alumni may wish to consult our guide to resources for Alumni.
For more information, see KU Libraries' policies regarding access by patron status.
Electronic resources available from the libraries' web site are licensed by the University of Kansas Libraries for non-commercial use by KU faculty, staff, students, and on-site visitors at KU campus locations, for educational or research purposes only. Beyond the Libraries' negotiated access to content, online providers may also have privacy policies that cover optional individual user tools and features that require personally identifiable information to register an account. These policies may change over time without notice. KU users have a personal responsibility to review and determine if the policy is acceptable. KU Libraries are not responsible for personal data that users share with providers.
Accessing and Linking to KU Libraries Online Resources
The simplest way to access library resources is to start from the Libraries website, locating the resource using Articles and Databases, e-Journals, the Catalog, or other starting points. Starting here will provide access to resources from on- or off-campus.
Access to licensed KU Libraries materials is provided to KU users through the IP address of your computer or device:
- When you are on a campus network, your IP address will provide access without having to log in.
- From off-campus or from the residence halls, scholarship halls, and on-campus apartments, the KU Libraries' proxy server will provide access to resources via a login. You will be prompted to enter KU Online ID and password.
Starting from the Libraries website, via Articles and Databases, e-Journals, the Catalog, etc. will ensure that you can access resources from on- or -off campus.
Why Can't I Access Libraries Resources using the VPN (KU Anywhere)?
For some KU resources, IT offers a Virtual Private Network (VPN) called KU Anywhere for off-campus access. In most cases, VPN only provides access to resources hosted on the KU network. Because most of the libraries' databases, journals, and online resources are provided by publishers external to KU, the VPN will not provide off-campus access to these resources. Links using the Libraries proxy server prefix should be created instead.
To more seamlessly access KU Libraries subscription resources from Google Scholar, you will need to let Google know you are affiliated with KU. When you do, Google Scholar will show "Get at KU" links in your search results that provide access to KU subscription resources. From an on-campus device, this should happen automatically. From off campus, there are two methods:
1. Add the University of Kansas Libraries in the "Library links" section of your Google Scholar Settings
To manage the "Library links" settings for in Google Scholar Settings, visit this URL:
Select "University of Kansas Libraries Get at KU" and save your settings.
2. Add the University of Kansas Libraries code to your Google Scholar URL
Add KU's institutional code to Google Scholar by starting your search using this link:
Creating and Sharing Links to Libraries Resources
When off campus, some forms links to articles or databases that you were able to access while on campus may not work as expected. The links must include our proxy server to be accessible from off-campus. If the link does not contain the KU Libraries proxy server address (www2.lib.ku.edu) somewhere in the URL, it probably won't work from off campus. To save links or DOIs for future use, or to include links in Canvas or Blackboard course sites or email, make sure the links include the proxy server address.
For example, this URL will provide access from on campus, but will not work from off campus:
By adding https://www2.lib.ku.edu/login?URL= to the beginning of the URL, the same link will work from off campus:
Note that copied and pasted proxied links may include the proxy server at the end of the URL instead. For example, this URL includes the proxy server and may not work from off-campus:
To ensure stable URLs, place the proxy link before the resource link or use the Proxy Server Bookmarklet.
Proxy Server Bookmarklet
If you wish to add the proxy server URL to a link you encounter in your research, you can use the libraries' Proxy Server Bookmarklet. By saving the bookmarklet to your bookmarks bar, you can click the bookmarklet link to re-load a KU Libraries resource so that it contains the proxy server prefix.
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Use the Bookmarklet
If you have a database URL in your browser that doesn’t contain www2.lib.ku.edu, you add it by clicking on the bookmarklet in your browser's bookmarks. This will reload your current page with the proxy server URL included.
Common Bookmarklet Issues
The bookmarklet will attempt to proxy any website, whether KU licenses that content or not. If you receive a "Remote Access Error" when using the bookmarklet, the most common reasons are:
- The content is freely available, and is not proxied for off-campus use. Don't use the bookmarklet for this content.
- The content is not licensed by KU. It could be that we have the journal you're trying to access, but from a different vendor.
If you have questions or still cannot get access, please Ask a Librarian.
Proxied Links in Citation Management Software
In some cases, citation management software like EndNote and Zotero allows users to search libraries catalogs and databases from the software itself, and import proxied links directly. For example, Zotero attempts to identify and remember KU's proxy when users access libraries online materials, allowing quicker proxied access to these resources in the future. Instructions for enabling and configuring these settings are available on Zotero's website.
Stable URLs and Permalinks
Some journal or database links will not work unless you use the stable version of the URL from the database itself. Different resources will often point out these "permanent links" in their individual interfaces. To locate links suitable for sharing look for terms like:
- Stable URL
- Durable URL
- Persistent URL
- Static URL
Once you've located a resource's permanent link, check to see if it includes www2.lib.ku.edu If so, you're good to go. If not, paste it into your browser bar after the proxy prefix https://www2.lib.ku.edu/login?URL=, or try the proxy server bookmarklet.