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Tyndale's new authentication portal

New OpenAthens Link Generator

Learn about our new database Authentication Portal -- OpenAthens

Introducing OpenAthens 

We are very excited to announce that our library has implemented OpenAthens authentication. This replaces our former platform, EzProxy. It will affect all users of library electronic resources.

OpenAthens is an access management platform, allowing libraries to enable and monitor access to subscribed online content. Access and authentication are managed simply, securely and effectively while providing insight and data that supports the information needs of the institution.


What has changed?

There are no changes to the number of resources the library subscribes to, so you should still be able to continue with your work and research with very little disruption to your workflow. One exception is the bookshelf in Proquest Ebook Central. Users who use this feature in Proquest Ebook Central will have their accounts reset and will have to download their e-books again.

Once you login with Tyndale login credentials, you will still be able  to access your favourite online resource platforms both on and off-site, giving you the flexibility to start your research wherever you are.

On-site IP authentication

The library will continue to provide an IP authentication service, there will be no change to the way you access online resources when on-site.

Off-site OpenAthens authentication

For off-site authentication to the publishers’ platforms, you will still be able to use your same Tyndale credentials (username and password). You will only need to authenticate once to start an 8-hour long OpenAthens session. During that time, you will not be aske d to authenticate again regardless of the number of different content platforms you visit.

Starting an OpenAthens session

When you login first at  or on your class web site you will also be logged into Open Athens.

Starting at the library website: 

When you connect to a library online resource from the library web site, this  will start an OpenAthens session. This will still be active even if you continue your research via Google Scholar.


Starting at your favorite resource home page:

Navigate your way to your favorite online resource platform. The experience on the different platforms can vary but on some of the most popular platforms, you will have an option to log in with OpenAthens. Select your institution from a list and enter your Tyndale username and password.

Some platforms may ask you to select your federation when logging in, so please select OpenAthens Federation if needed.

NOTE that OpenAthens will sign you in automatically to your account for some databases. You do not have to sign in separately to your account in Proquest and Ebscohost. If you encounter an Ebscohost sign-in screen, look at the bottom of your screen and sign in by your institution, Tyndale University.

Starting with Google or Google Scholar

If you haven’t authenticated already as a Tyndale authorized user, you can do so after your Google Scholar search. You will be able to access any resource in the search results as long as the Tyndale Library subscribes to it. To access the resource you will need to select login with OpenAthens, select your institution from the list, and enter your Tyndale username and password.

The disadvantage of this method is that you may come across a resource which your library does not subscribe to. In that case, OpenAthens will not allow access.

What do you have to do?

  • Update your bookmarks and   links that contain an "ezproxy" notation.
  • Update links in reading lists that contain "ezproxy" in the link.
  • Many links can be updated using the prefix  in place of the old ezproxy prefix, however unique URLs are needed for resources from Ebsco, Proquest and Gale platforms that do not use a prefix.
  • If you want to migrate your Proquest Ebook Central bookshelf you must remember your login and password and submit your request at

OpenAthens uses a different technology to manage access to resources, which will change the syntaxes of the links currently in use to allow seamless user authentication. To update links, make sure you have started an OpenAthens session and bookmark or copy-paste your updated link.

If you use Zotero to automatically redirect to a proxy, see instructions on how to disable Zotero's proxy redirect.

If you have any issues, please get in touch with your library staff, they will be able to help you. Go to