What is OpenAthens?

OpenAthens is an authentication and electronic access management system that provides access to the library's licensed online resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology both on and off campus. It is replacing our current system, EZproxy. 

OpenAthens is a “gateway” service to facilitate access to publisher content. It does not include any content of its own.

When will the change happen?

All subscription-based electronic resources materials will be moved to OpenAthens authentication in mid-May 2020.  

Why are we changing services?

OpenAthens offers a single sign-on (SSO), integrated with Iowa State's Okta authentication service, to access the library’s subscription-based content. End-users will be able to access electronic resources across service provider sites with just one login.  The switch to OpenAthens will make using library resources easier and more reliable, improve security, and provide usage data so we can make better purchasing decisions.  

Will my bookmarks to databases, books and articles still work? What should I do?

You will need to update any bookmarks, saved links, or reading list links that you maintain apart from the Libraries’ web presence. 

I usually access library resources through Google or Google Scholar. Will I still be able to use OpenAthens to authenticate?

Look for the “Login through OpenAthens” prompt on the resource homepage. Select “Iowa State University” under “Find your institution.” If Iowa State University has access to this resource, you will be redirected to the Iowa State login screen.