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Remote Access to Library Resources: Proxy Bookmark

Access e-resources from anywhere

Browsing e-resources on campus is easy. Most of our journal and database providers are able to detect that you are on campus, and give you access to the high-quality content that Penn provides.

Off-campus, most electronic resources can be accessed from links on the library wesite or from Franklin, via PennKey authentication. In those cases when you are looking for articles on the web by using Google Scholar or by going directly to a vendor's site, and you haven't logged in (or "proxied") as a Penn user, we've made a little button to help you log in without going all the way back to the Library web site.



The button is a page reloader. If you're looking at an article in a database, and it doesn't know you're a Penn Libraries patron, simply click the button, enter your Pennkey / Password, and you're in.

The button is a browser bookmark. Once it's added to your browser, access to these resources is one click away no matter where you are. Browse your resource first, find the content you need, click the bookmark to log in, and continue.



Each browser handles bookmarks a little differently. iPhone / iPad / iPod instructions are at the bottom, followed by Android.

Right-click the link below, and select the "Bookmark This Link":
UPenn Proxy


Google Chrome
Drag the link below 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.


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


Drag this link to your bookmarks toolbar:
UPenn Proxy

iPhone / iPod / iPad

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


  • Bookmark this page.
  • Name it something like "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.
The next time you're browsing 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.

Android Phones/Tablets

Support for bookmarklets 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; it may not work with your particular Android device, especially if the device runs an older Android version due to built-in limitations.

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.


We have to say, this is all done with a major hat-tip to the University of Michigan MLibrary Labs. Thanks UMich! They have also made a great video tutorial. If you're having trouble picturing this service, take a look: