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Remote Access to Library Resources via OpenAthens

This guide provides information for remote access to UMB online library resources via OpenAthens. OpenAthens was launched on June 21, 2022.

Accessing and Signing In

You can access resources with the Library website, UMbrella, research guides, or Blackboard links. This hasn’t changed! You will get the same UMB Sign In screen as when signing into your UMB email.

Umass Boston Sign In page asking you to sign in with

Logging in Through Publisher Sites (New OpenAthens Feature!)

Some - but not all- publishers offer the option to sign in with your UMB username and password right on the publisher websites. Publisher websites vary, but in general:

  1. Locate the Sign In/Login button or link. Sometimes you will see them labeled with the terms/phrases like “Login through your institution”, “Federated Login”, or “OpenAthens” 
  2. Select University of Massachusetts - Boston from the dropdown. 
  3. You’ll be routed to the UMB Sign In page. Enter your UMB username and password. 

Here is an example from ScienceDirect:

1.Locate the Sign In Button on the top right. 

screenshot of sciencedirect page with arrow pointing to sign in button

2. Select "Sign in via your institution".

screenshot of elsevier sign in screen with arrow pointing to Sign in via your institution button.

3. Type in either your email or start typing University of Massachusetts Boston to find University of Massachusetts Boston in the dropdown.

screenshot of elsevier Find your Institution screen where you can enter your email or institution name


4.Select the “Access through University of Massachus…” button.


screenshot of elsevier access through your institution screen with arrow pointing to "access through University of Massachusetts.." button.

5. You will be routed to a familiar UMB Sign In page. Once you’ve signed in, you should have access.

Umass Boston Sign In page asking you to sign in with

Some publishers will present the OpenAthens login screen. If you have a UMB login, use the Find Your Institution on the right to look up University of Massachusetts Boston. This will redirect you to the UMB sign In page.

screenshot of OpenAthens login screen. There are two parts: Sign in with an OpenAthens account is crossed out.  An arrow points to Find your institution to indicate that this is where you should click.

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