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Off-Campus Access to Library Resources

Resources licensed by the Libraries require that users authenticate themselves as valid University users. There are presently two authentication methods available (proxy access is now obsolete).

  1. The KSU Cisco VPN is a service that allows you to connect to the campus network from a remote location as if you were on campus. First you must perform a simple, one-time installation of the VPN client program on your computer.

    After that, whenever you need access to a restricted resource, run the VPN program (there will be an icon on your computer's desktop). Enter your Flashline ID and password you will be connected to the campus network and can access any restricted resource (such as a research database or an online journal) just as you would from on-campus.

    NOTE: If you still have the old proxy access set in your browser, you will need to turn off proxy access to avoid conflict issues with the VPN.
  2. OhioLINK Authentication Service allows access only to OhioLINK resources. This includes most research databases and electronic journals. No special setup is required. Authentication requires use of your name and Kent State ID Number (Banner ID)*. A session times out after two hours.

    *Don't know your Kent State ID Number? See how to find it.

    Related information: OhioLINK Authentication: How it Works

Which Method to Use?

Use Kent VPN when you are using your own personal computer, do extended searches, and if you need to use more than just OhioLINK resources. OhioLINK Authentication is the choice if your off-campus access is not from your own personal computer, and/or you rely mostly on OhioLINK resources, do not search for long periods, or need an alternative method if Kent VPN is not working for you.

Getting Help

For assistance in using any of these authentication methods, contact the University HelpDesk at 330-672-HELP(4357) or or visit

For assistance in using any library resource, contact library staff at, Ask a Librarian, or visit a library service desk.