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Using electronic resources from off campus


Sign in to OneSearch with your network username/password. Anyone can search OneSearch as a guest user, but if you are off campus or wish to view your Library account information then you should sign in.


Problems logging in?

If you have forgotten your network password or you have not used or changed it within the last year please contact the ISS Service Desk, who will be able to advise.

Athens/UK Federation

If you go directly to a resource without signing in to OneSearch then you will need to look for any Athens or UK Federation (sometimes called Shibboleth) links. We do not use Athens personal accounts at Lancaster so you will need to click on the 'Alternative login' link, as shown in the screenshot below.

screenshot of Athens page

You should then see the following screen (or similar), where you can search for Lancaster's sign-in page.

screenshot of Athens page

You should then see Lancaster's CoSign page, where you should sign in with your network account details.

screenshot of CoSign page

Some resources require an extra login, whether you are on or off campus. These are handled by the Athens/UK Federation service. At present they are:

To access these services:

Unique usernames and passwords

Some resources require different credentials to the above, whether you are on or off campus. At present these are:

The usernames/passwords can be obtained from here.

Virtual Private Network

Users of the Virtual Private Network (VPN) service are able to use most Library resources as if they were on campus. ISS offer the VPN service to allow access to personal filestore from off campus. This involves some configuration to your off campus machine. ISS provide instructions and support.