Off-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 subscription, electronic resources is available only to current SLU faculty, staff and students.

Off-Campus Access to Subscription-Based E-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 SLU Libraries' home page or from the Databases page.
  • If the IP address of the computer you are using is not in Saint Louis University's specified range, a SLU Proxy Access Web page will appear asking you to enter your SLU Net ID, which is your email account username(Example: smithja), and your SLU Net ID password, which is the password you use to log into your MySLU 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.

  • To find your SLU Net ID, go to People Finder. It is your SLU email username (the part BEFORE the @ - Example:  smithja)
  • Go to the password management site to activate/verify/change your SLU Net ID password
  • Log in using your current SLU Net ID and SLU Net password.
  • You must change your SLU Net ID password, at least every 180 days.

  • 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 mySLU access, go to the New to SLU? 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 research librarian or your home SLU library.


Resolving Proxy Problems

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

  • Please use your SLU Net ID password as your EZproxy login password. This may not be the same as your Google Apps 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 FireFox 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 filling in an old password automatically while you are entering a new one.  This results in no access.

      • To clear passwords in Internet Explorer 8.x, go to Tools-->Internet Options-->General tab-->underBrowsing history, click Delete-->under Passwords click Delete Passwords.
      • 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 and Firefox3.x, go to Tools--> Options--> Security-->under Passwords, Click Show Passwords (Saved passwords for Firefox 3.x), 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 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 firewal.


Off-Campus Access to OVID Databases

If you have an assigned OVID username and password, please go directly to to enter them and gain access to the OVID group of databases.  Please Note:  These usernames and passwords probably will 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
Medican  Center Library 314-977-8801
Law Library 314-977-3081


Access to the SLU 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 Library Catalog and create email alerts


On-Campus Access to Subscription-Based E-Resources

Access to subscription-based electronic resources is available in the SLU Libraries or from any computer on the SLU campus that is connected to the University's Network.  Your SLU Net ID and SLU Net ID password will provide access to the computers in the iCommons at Pius XII Memorial Library.   If you are not a current SLU student, faculty, or staff member, please see the Library/Computer Use Guidelines for guest/visitor access at Pius XII Memorial Library.