With EZproxy, you can:

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Connect to a large number of content providers

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Integrate with library delivery systems


Make informed decisions about the databases you license

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Choose a stand-alone or hosted version

Make authentication easy

EZproxy is easy to set up and maintain. It connects to a wide variety of authentication services (including LDAP, SIP, CAS and Shibboleth). Your users connect to EZproxy, then it connects on their behalf to your library's licensed databases to obtain webpages and sends them back to your users. Once you register the EZproxy server address with your database vendor, the vendor sees the requests as coming from an authorized IP address and therefore permits access.

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Connect to a large number of content providers

EZproxy connects to a large number of content providers, including Britannica, ebrary, EBSCO, OCLC FirstSearch®, Gale, LexisNexis, Newsbank, Ovid, ProQuest and most others.

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Integrate with library delivery systems

With simple modifications, EZproxy can be integrated into a number of different library systems to point users toward your library's electronic resources, creating seamless access for users.

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Make informed decisions about the databases you license

EZproxy maintains a standard Web server log file of usage. Using standard Web log analysis tools, you can evaluate which databases are being used remotely and use this information to help justify your budget requests for database licensing.

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Choose a stand-alone or hosted version

OCLC offers two versions of EZproxy: a stand-alone version that your library manages and a hosted version that OCLC maintains for you.

  • The stand-alone version is available for servers that run Linux, Solaris (x86) or Windows®.
  • EZproxy hosted service includes all of the hardware and software components needed as well as all back-ups, automatic system and software upgrades and defined customization and implementation services. EZproxy hosted service is the first step for OCLC member libraries to implement a single, simple electronic content solution. That solution includes EZproxy hosted service, WorldCat® knowledge base, licensed resource management and integrated link resolution.

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Service availability

  • EZproxy access and authentication software

    Available everywhere (features differ by locale)

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17 April 2017

EZproxy Q&A Webinar

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