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EZProxy, the University Libraries' Proxy Server: About EZProxy

Information and FAQs about EZProxy, the library's proxy server.

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Remote access to library online resources

Almost all of the University Libraries’ databases, e-journals, e-books, 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 resources from off-campus


1. Make sure you connect to the resource using a link from the URI Libraries Search or the University Libraries Web site.

2. When prompted, enter your e-Campus username and your URI Sakai/wireless/LDAP password 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 to the beginning of the URL, e.g.

With this setup, you can connect to the Internet using any Internet Service Provider you want— 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 library catalog, you will be prompted for your e-Campus username and your URI Sakai/wireless/LDAP password. 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.


Below are some brief answers to common questions about the proxy server and accessing resources. If you need more assistance, please contact the Info & Research Help desk using the options on either side of this page.


What does the EZProxy login page look like?


What if I can't get in?

If you need help, please contact the Info & Research Help Desk. If you do not have an e-Campus username and Sakai/Wireless/LDAP password, and are affiliated with the University, please contact Associate Professor Brian Gallagher, Access Services Librarian, at (401) 874-9524 or, or contact Sandy Sheldon, Head of Circulation, at (401) 874-8635 or


What effect will EZProxy have on links to articles or databases I have saved on my computer, in Sakai, or my citation manager?

You will need to change the URLs or addresses that you have saved.

Here is how the links appear under the old proxy server:

Here is how links should appear using the new proxy server:

Here are the steps to change the links manually:

  1. Remove the 0- and the from the original URL

    1. Original URL:

    2. Modified URL:

  2. Insert before the remaining information

    1. New URL:

Changing Library Resource URLs

EZproxy troubleshooting guide for staff

Library staff: You may wish to consult the Troubleshooting EZproxy guide which will assist you in diagnosing EZproxy problems.

About this guide...

This guide was created by Amanda Izenstark and Andrée Rathemacher, 3/2014.


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