Jack C. Taylor Library

Transition to OpenAthens

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 and IP-based authentication. 

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 May 2022 (after the end of the spring semester).  

Why are we changing services?

OpenAthens offers a single sign-on (SSO) integrated with Fontbonne's existing authentication service to access the library’s subscription-based content. You 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?

All links from the library website and catalog will remain the same. You will need to update any other bookmarks, saved links, or reading list links that are connected with the digital resources, including databases, articles, and journals. You can update your existing links using this link generator toolJust input your current link into the Enter your links box and click EnterConfused? Contact us for help.

What happens if I change devices or use a different browser? Will OpenAthens remember me?

OpenAthens uses cookies to remember your device’s IP address. If you change web services – from Firefox to Chrome or Internet Explorer you will be asked to log in again. If you change devices, like from a laptop to a mobile phone, you will also be asked to log in again.

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 “Fontbonne University” under “Find your institution.” If Fontbonne has access to the resource, you will be redirected to the Fontbonne login screen.

I prefer to access resources directly through publisher websites. Why is the login experience so variable? 

Each publisher or resource provider offers a slightly different login experience. Look for a sign-in or login link or button, usually at the top right of your screen. You might be asked to select your Federation which is "OpenAthens" or "Institutional."

Who do I contact if I have questions? 

Please contact Rebecca van Kniest with questions: rvankniest@fontbonne.edu. If you need immediate help, you can call the front desk (314-889-1417). 

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