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How do I...?: Off-Campus Access

Tutorials and step-by-step instructions for common questions.

Validate your Barcode

Before you can request books you must validate the barcode on the back of your CCNY ID card at the Library Circulation desk. You must validate your barcode in person. Due to licensing agreements with our database vendors, we cannot verify your identity over the phone or through email.

Your barcode expires and must be validated every semester.

Getting to Databases from Off Campus

Proxy Service for CCNY Faculty, Staff and Students

Proxy service enables library users to access commercially licensed electronic resources when connecting to the web from off campus (home or on the road). It applies to those resources that have been licensed for CCNY users only, such as ScienceDirect or Avery Index. It also applies to those resources licensed for all of CUNY, such as Lexis-Nexis or Academic Search Complete.

Qualifying for a proxy account:

  • You must be a member of the CCNY faculty, staff or student body.
  • You must have a valid City College e-mail account.
  • You must have a valid barcode.
    (Note: If you do not have a valid library barcode, simply go to the ID Office with your CCNY ID and you will be given a barcode)

Registering for a proxy account:

Registering for a proxy account is automatic if you use your City College email login credentials.

(Remember, you do not need proxy access from computers on the CCNY campus.)

If you have any questions regarding the service please click 'Ask a Librarian'.

Logging in to your account:

When you click on a database from off campus, you will see the login screen pictured below. Put in your email username and password.


Proxy Bookmarklet

To get CCNY's journal access off campus, drag this CCNY Proxifier to your bookmarks bar. Don't click it, drag it.

A bookmarklet is a bookmark stored in a web browser that contains JavaScript commands to extend the browser's funcationality.  The CCNY Proxifier redirects the page you are currently on to re-route through the CCNY Library Proxy.  You will be asked for your CCNY email user name and password.

When you get to a web page for a given journal article, through Google Scholar, for example, and it tells you something about needing to pay, simply click the bookmark in your bookmark bar and you'll be rerouted through CCNY's proxy server. If CCNY has access to the article it should become accessible.

Special Thanks to Prof. Dan Steingart for the creation of this bookmarklet.