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Circulation & Borrowing

Information about Circulation, Borrowing, and Library Access.

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 Libraries buildings.

However, remote access (i.e. access from off-campus) to the majority of these resources is restricted due to license agreements with vendors/publishers.

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 database list.

2. When prompted, enter your e-Campus username and your SSO password. Do not include in your username.

3. For your security, make sure that the login page begins with 



Almost all of the Libraries’ electronic resources are set up to work with our proxy server. (Technically, this means that we have added to the beginning of the e-resource 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’ website or from within the library catalog, you will be prompted to log in with your e-Campus username and your SSO password. You will only need to enter this information once per session. Once you have been “authenticated” as affiliated with URI, you may access the online resource.

Tip: While it is best to connect to e-journals, e-books, and other online resources from the URI Libraries Search or the University Libraries database list, it is also possible to simply paste before a paywalled online information resource to gain access, for example:
This only works for resources that the library has configured to work with EZproxy. If the resource is not configured (because URI does not own/subscribe), you will get a message that says, "Oops! It looks like you have attempted to view a page that has not been configured for access."


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 SSO password, and are affiliated with the University, please contact Associate Professor Brian Gallagher, Access Services Librarian, at (401) 874-9524 or, or contact Liz Smith, Head of Circulation, at (401) 874-8635 or

EZproxy troubleshooting guide for staff

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

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