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Frequently Asked Questions: Off-Campus Access

Answers to common questions about the library and doing research.

Can I do my research from my computer at home?

Yes, however you should be aware that some library materials only exist in print. Although you need to come in to the library to use our print collections, many electronic resources (including the library databases and e-journals) can be accessed from anywhere by current UWM students (not alumni), staff, and faculty (including emerti) with their own Internet access.

Due to contractual terms, remote access to library subscriptions by individuals not listed above is not possible. Unrestricted access to our licensed resources is only available on the Milwaukee campus (such as in the Golda Meir library building, campus computer labs, offices, and dorms via the UWM network).

The best place to begin accessing online library sources is through the UWM Libraries Homepage. You can use Search@UW without restrictions, however, in order to access most resources, you will need to authenticate using your ePanther ID and password.

Signing in requires that your browser accept cookies. (See How to Enable Cookies if you need to restore this setting.)

Please note that the Campus VPN is also available, however it is not configured to work with remote access to library databases.

For more information on the remote authentication service, please contact the Systems Department or Ask a Librarian.

See also the Off Campus URL Generator.

Also note that you never have to pay for access to a book or article. Even if the item you're looking for is not part of our print/online holdings, you can obtain a copy a no cost (to you) by using our interlibrary loan services. See How do I find materials the UWM libraries do not own? for more information.

The library access control mechanism is handled by the campus 1Login system. If you are experiencing issues with signing in, contact the Help Desk for assistance. Please also note our Conditions of Use.


We are also piloting a new service to work with the campus single sign-on (SSO) system and directly from some subscription websites. To gain access:

  1. Look for a "Login" or "Sign in" link, usually in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  2. If presented with different authentication options, select the one that says 'from your institution' or 'via partner organization.'
  3. If presented with a list of regions, select InCommon (North America).
  4. Choose the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as your school.
  5. You will be taken to the UWM authentication page, or directly logged in if you have an existing single sign-on session already running.