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Overview || Off-Campus Access to Subscription Electronic Resources
Resolving Proxy Problems || Off-Campus Access to Ovid Only
Access to the Saint Louis University Libraries Catalog || On-Campus Access


The Saint Louis University Libraries provide access to a multitude of electronic information resources through the Internet.   Anyone can access these resources by using a computer in the Libraries or any computer on the SLU campus that is connected to the University’s Network. However, due to copyright restrictions and software licenses, remote access to all subscription, electronic resources is available only to SLU faculty, staff and students.

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Off-Campus Access to Subscription Electronic Resources
SLU Proxy Access
:   This service allows access to all Saint Louis University subscribed databases, journals, and e-texts.
  • Select a subscription database, e-journal, or  e-text from the Databases page on the MCL site or Saint Louis University Libraries site.
  • If the IP address of the computer you are using is not in Saint Louis University's specified range, a blue and yellow Web page will appear asking you to enter your SLU Net ID, which is your email account username (example 'smithj'), and your SLU Net ID password, which is the password you use to log into your Banner account.  This screen appears only the first time you select a subscription resource during a browser session.
  • If you do not know your SLU Net ID and/or your SLU Net ID password, please follow these instructions.
    1. Go to the password management site to activate/verify your SLU Net ID
      • Log into this site with your SLU email username and your most recent Banner password.
      • Your SLU Net ID is your SLU email username (the part BEFORE the @ - Example: smithja)
      • If you have not used Banner previously, your SLU Net ID password has been set to the last 6 digits of your Banner ID
  • If you are still unable to login, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 977-4000.
For further information about your SLU email, Banner, or Gateway access, go to the Email / Gateway / Banner information page or contact Information Technology Services (ITS) at (314) 977-4000 about resolving your login issue.

For assistance using the databases or e-journals, please contact your liaison librarian or your home library.

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Resolving Proxy Problems

Please read over the following known issues if you are having problems accessing subscription resources from off campus.

  • Please use your SLU Net ID password as your EZproxy login password. This may be different from your current SLU email password.  
  • If you use AOL as your Internet Service Provider, you may need to
    • Minimize the AOL browser
    • Use another browser such as Internet Explorer or Netscape to access subscription resources.
  • If SLU Proxy Access is not accepting your username and/or password.
    • Check People Finder for your correct username,
    • If you have your computer set to automatically save your passwords, disable that feature and clear all passwords.  Your system may be automatically filling in an old password while you are entering a new one.  This results in no access.
      • To clear passwords in Internet Explorer, go to Tools-->Internet Options-->Content tab-->under Personal Information, click Auto Complete-->Clear Passwords and under "Use Auto Complete for", be sure the ONLY item checked is Web addresses.
      • To clear passwords in Netscape 7.x, go to Tools-->Password Manager-->under Passwords Saved tab, delete the password for
      • To clear password in FireFox 2.x, go to Tools--> Options--> Security-->under Passwords, Click Show Passwords, highlight and delete the password for  You may also uncheck "Remember Passwords for Sites" after clearing your saved passwords.
  • If you are trying to access e-journals through the SLU E-Journal Portal or trying to display a pdf document in a new window, be sure all pop-up blockers are turned off for that site.
  • If you are trying to access subscription resources from your workplace, please talk with your company's network administrator since some company's firewalls block access.
  • If you have a personal firewall installed on your computer, some of your settings may prevent access.  Please change your settings or turn off the firewall.

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Off-Campus Access to OVID Databases Only

If you have an assigned OVID username and password, please go to Ovid Password Access or go directly to to enter them and gain access to the OVID group of databases.

Please Note:  These usernames and passwords will probably be changing in the near future.  If you already have one, you will be contacted with your new OVID username and password just before the change occurs.

For questions, please call

Pius Library (314) 977-3103
MCL Library (314) 977-8801
Law Library (314) 977-3081

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Access to the Saint Louis University Libraries Catalog

Use of the Saint Louis University Libraries online catalog is not limited to SLU faculty, staff, and students -- anyone can access the catalog from anywhere! 

If you are a SLU student, faculty member, or staff member, you may use

  • My Library Account to
    • Create your Library Password (this is the same as your PIN)
    • View checked-out books, requested books, and fines
    • Save searches in the SLU Catalog and create email alerts

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On-Campus Access to Subscription-Based Electronic Resources

Access to subscription-based electronic resources is available in the Libraries or from any computer on the SLU campus that is connected to the University's Network.  No special account is needed.

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Last updated January 22, 2008.

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