This summer vacation, the Library is moving to a new, simpler system for ensuring University of Reading people are authorised to access databases, e-books and e-journals.
You will no longer need to download the Reading Athens Cookie. Instead, to login to a resource you will
- either need to select ‘University of Reading’ from a list to get to the correct e-resources login page
- or be taken directly there.
Then just enter your University username and password.
When will this change take place?
We plan to start the switch to the new system in early July, testing it with our suppliers during the vacation, and updating links and guidance on our website as we go.
What do I do?
Follow links to resources from our website or catalogue for the easiest, and most up-to-date, access route.
If you choose to access a resource directly via a search engine, select ‘institutional login’ and ‘University of Reading’ from the list. You might need to select ’UK Federation’ first. Note that instead of ‘institutional login’, some suppliers are referring to ’Shibboleth’, the technical name for this new login system.
Why the change?
A number of our suppliers are no longer supporting Athens and have moved to the new Shibboleth method of authentication. To avoid losing access, or restricting use to campus only, we are switching to the new system too.
Will this effect my saved searches and registrations for specific resources?
It depends on the resource. You might need to recreate your saved searches and alerts once you have logged in via the new system. If you need help, please contact your liaison librarian.
If you use Digimap or the Census Datasets you will need to re-register after the switch has taken place. We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.
Can I continue to use Athens?
It depends. If the resource you are using still displays an Athens login option, you will still be able to use this route. However, you will need to have the Reading Athens Cookie installed. We recommend switching to the new route instead of using Athens.