Off-Campus access to Library Resources

Introducing OpenAthens

We are very excited to announce that we started using OpenAthens to manage off-campus access to library resources.

OpenAthens is an access management platform, allowing libraries to enable and monitor access to subscribed online content. Access and authentication are managed simply, securely, and effectively while providing insight and data that supports the information needs of the institution.

View an OpenAthens demo.

What will change?

There will be no change to the number of resources the library subscribes to, so you should still be able to continue with your work and research with very little disruption to your workflow.

You will now be able to use your institutional credentials to authenticate to your preferred online resource platforms both on and off-site, giving you the flexibility to start your research wherever you are.

On-campus IP authentication

The library will continue to provide an IP authentication service, there will be no change to the way you access online resources when on-campus.

Off-campus OpenAthens authentication

For off-campus authentication to the publishers’ platforms, you will be able to use your institutional credentials (username and password). You will only need to authenticate once to start an 8-hour long OpenAthens session. During that time, you will not be asked to authenticate again regardless of the number of different content platforms you visit.

Starting an OpenAthens session

Depending on your preferred research practices and institutional setup there are different ways you could start an OpenAthens session:

Starting at the library portal

Logging into the resource you need by using the direct link on our AtoZ list starts an OpenAthens session. This will still be active even if you continue your research via Google and Google Scholar.

Starting at your favourite resource home page

Navigate your way to your favourite online resource platform. The experience on the different platforms can vary but on some of the most popular platforms, you will have an option to log in with OpenAthens. Select Nova School of Business and Economics from a list and enter your institutional username and password.

Some platforms may ask you to select your federation when logging in, so please select OpenAthens Federation if needed.

Starting with Google or Google Scholar

If you have not authenticated already you can do so after your Google search. You will be able to access any resource in the search results if the library subscribes to it. To access the resource, you will need to select log in with OpenAthens, select Nova School of Business and Economics from the list, and enter your institutional username and password.

The disadvantage of this method is that you may come across a resource which the library does not subscribe to. In that case, OpenAthens will not allow access.

What do you have to do?
  • Update your bookmarks and links
  • Update reading lists

OpenAthens uses a different technology to manage access to resources, which will change the syntaxes of the links currently in use to allow seamless user authentication. To update links, make sure you have started an OpenAthens session and bookmark or copy-paste your updated link.

If you have any issues, please get in touch with library staff, they will be able to help you.

Some resources are not available off-campus, please refer to our A-to-Z list for more information. Refinitiv and WRDS require Library validation in order for you to access them. If you need any assistance setting up an account for these resources, send an email to