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OpenAthens: OpenAthens

This guide provides information about OpenAthens, the library's authentication system for electronic resources.


OpenAthens LogoOpenAthens is an identity and IP-based authentication system that provides access to the library's licensed online resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology. It is replacing our previous system, EZProxy.  OpenAthens offers a more secure and reliable experience for Kutztown University Library patrons.

Almost all resources have been migrated to OpenAthens. To avoid broken links, please update your permalinks.

If you have questions about updating permalinks, please contact


KU students, staff, and faculty must use their KU credentials to access online resources regardless of whether they are on or off campus. Users will only need to authenticate to OpenAthens once per session. An OpenAthens session stays active for up to 8 hours, unless you clear your browser cache and cookies. The authentication process will differ based on whether resources are accessed via library web pages or directly from a content provider website.

Accessing electronic resources via the library website

Accessing online resources via library web pages or the library catalog is a two-step process.

First you will be asked to click on "Use your Kutztown University account" from a menu:

You will then be directed to Kutztown's Single Sign On page where you will login with your KU credentials:

Accessing online resources directly from content provider websites

OpenAthens allows users to access the library's licensed online resources directly from content provider websites, so long as the content provider has this feature configured on their website. Every content provider is different, but users must follow these steps to sign in:

  • Find the "Sign in" or "Login" button on the content provider's website (typically, this is located at the top right corner of the page)
  • If available, select Athens or OpenAthens as the sign in method
  • In the Find your organization search box, input Kutztown
  • Sign in through KU's Single Sign On page



Original guide developed by the University of San Francisco Gleeson Library  Reused with permission.