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Fast Full Text: Proxy Bookmark

Gain access to Penn resources easily through these online tools.

Penn Proxy Bookmark

Connect to Penn resources through the Penn Proxy bookmark tool. Add a button to your browser's bookmark toolbar, then when you want to view an article off-campus but are prompted for a subscription log-in, simply click the bookmark and enter your Pennkey and Password. If Penn subscribes through that service, the full text article will load. To see other articles during that session or to resume a timed-out PubMed session, just click the bookmark for access without having to log in again. Some full-text articles are available through third-party sources, so check Franklin if the bookmark doesn't grant access.

The Penn Proxy bookmark tool automatically adds the prefix https://proxy.library.upenn.edu/login?url= to any URL, allowing Penn Community members to enter their PennKeys for remote access.

Desktop browser instructions AND mobile browser instructions can be found below.

Desktop Browser Options

Safari, Chrome, Firefox
Drag the following link to your bookmarks toolbar:  UPenn Proxy


Internet Explorer
Right-click this link:  UPenn Proxy
Select the "Add to Favorites..." option. Your browser may warn you that the link may be unsafe, but this is okay, go ahead and add it.


To display bookmark toolbars in your browser, including the Penn Proxy bookmark:  

  Chrome: Menu -> Bookmarks -> Show Bookmark Bar

   Firefox: Menu -> Customize -> Show/Hide Toolbars -> Bookmark Toolbar

 Safari: View -> Show Favorites Bar

   Internet Explorer 11: Right-click on empty space on the top of a browser window -> Select “Favorite bar”

See Also: Penn Libraries Electronic Resource Policy

Video Tutorial

The University of Michigan has made a great video tutorial. If you're having trouble picturing this service, take a look:

Mobile Device Options

iPhone / iPod / iPad 

General Instructions:

  • View this page on your iOS mobile device.  Select and copy the text below:

javascript:void(location.href=%22https://proxy.library.upenn.edu/login?url=%22+location.href)

  • Bookmark this page
  • Name it (for example: "UPenn Proxy")
  • Delete the web address below the bookmark name (all the text in the box starting with "http").  Paste the proxy text into the box.
  • Save the Bookmark

Mobile Browser Specific Instructions:

  • Safari - The next time you're using Safari to browse a Penn-provided resource on your mobile device off-campus, simply click or tap your UPenn Proxy bookmark to sign in for  Penn-provided access to that resource.
  • Chrome - If you use Chrome on your apple device, things are a bit less intuitive. You cannot directly access it via bookmarks. Instead, you need to type the name of the bookmarklet in the ADDRESS BAR of the Chrome Browser (e.g start typing “UPenn Proxy” if that’s what you named it). Then select the bookmarklet when it appears in the drop-down menu.
  • Firefox - The Mobile Firefox browser will not work with the Proxy Bookmark.  You must use another mobile browser.

Android Phones/Tablets

Support for bookmarks varies considerably among Android devices depending on the operating systems and browsers used.  The methods described below have been verified to work with the majority of devices running Android 4.0 or above.

Method 1 for the default, non-Chrome Android Mobile browser

  1. Create a bookmark named "UPenn Proxy" following all the steps described for iPhone/iPod/iPad
  2. When a web site requires authentication, click the "UPenn Proxy." If you have not logged in already, you will be redirected through the login page. You will then be returned to the resource with access. If this doesn't work, try the next method.

Method 2 for Chrome browser (or for use if Method 1 fails).

The latest android devices like the Nexus 5 phone and Nexus 7 tablet come with the Google Chrome browser. Alternatively, you may have downloaded Chrome to use as your primary browser.

  1. Create a bookmark named "UPenn Proxy" following all the steps described for iPhone/iPod/iPad (as in Method 1).
  2. For Chrome, things are a bit less intuitive. You cannot directly access it via bookmarks. Instead, you need to type the name of the bookmarklet in the ADDRESS BAR of the Chrome Browser (e.g start typing “UPenn Proxy” if that’s what you named it). Then select the bookmarklet when it appears in the drop-down menu.