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Off campus access to Libraries resources gets much easier

In their continuing effort to make research simpler and more efficient, the Libraries have developed a much easier way for off-campus users to access essential library resources.

A new method for remote access allows current Rutgers students, faculty, or staff to login using their Rutgers NetID. A NetID is the user's Rutgers-issued user name, used for email and other online services. They can then begin to work by simply clicking on the desired Rutgers-restricted resource. Any Web browser can be used and no changes need to be made to the browser. Login is possible from any Libraries Web page. The new login method allows users to access library resources in the same way that they access their myRutgers accounts.

   screen capture of not logged in link
   screen capture of netid login fields

Off campus users, whose browsers are not configured to the old method and who use an Internet Service Provider, will find the login option in a bright yellow box at the top of the left navigation bar of the Libraries Web page, underneath the Rutgers University Libraries name. Click on the "i" icon to get more infomation on how the new method differs from the old.

The new method requires users to set their computers to "accept cookies". This allows the Libraries proxy server to keep track of all users that are logged in. These cookies are session based only and do not record any personal information about you or your Internet experiences.

For more information on how to change your Web browser to accept cookies, in Internet Explorer (6.x, 5.x:Windows 95/98/NT/2000, or 5.x:Windows XP) or Netscape (7.x, 6.x, or 4.x), please click here: I tried to login with my NetID, but it's just giving me some sort of message about cookies.

The Libraries will continue to offer the current remote access method until August 22nd of this year. Off campus users are encouraged to switch to the new login method as soon as possible. Everyone should be sure to make the transition before leaving for summer break, since the old login method will no longer be available in the fall 2005 semester.

For information on how to remove the old login method's configurations in your web browser, please see: I have my browser configured to connect with my Library Barcode and PIN. How do I switch to NetID login?

For more information on the new remote access login method, please contact the Libraries' Ask a Librarian service.

Posted March 2, 2005