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EZproxy®

With EZproxy, you can:

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Connect to a large number of content providers

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Ensure access

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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, Gale, LexisNexis, Newsbank, Ovid, ProQuest and most others.

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Ensure access

EZproxy integrates a variety of library systems with simple modifications to point users toward your library’s e-resources, creating seamless access. EZproxy also proxies access to OCLC FirstSearch® for patron-initiated ILL.

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Make informed decisions about the databases you license

EZproxy maintains a usage log file so you can see which e-resources your users are accessing. Using standard web log analysis tools, you can evaluate database usage to help justify your budget requests for e-content licensing.

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Choose a hosted or stand-alone version

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

  • EZproxy hosted service includes all of the hardware and software components needed as well as all back-ups, security certificates, automatic system and software upgrades, defined customization services, and implementation.
  • The stand-alone version is available for servers that run Linux or Windows®..

Find out more about stand-alone and hosted

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EZproxy access and authentication software allows your library to deliver e-content simply and effectively. EZproxy facilitates a single sign-in to e-content using existing library-issued credentials, such as a library card number and PIN or username and password.

Service availability

  • EZproxy access and authentication software

    Available everywhere (features differ by locale)

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Upcoming events

13 February 2019

EZproxy Q&A Webinar

Join OCLC EZproxy experts to ask questions about the service, set-up and hosting options.

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