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Library: changes to e-resources log-in process

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From 15 December 2020, you may start to notice that logging into Library e-resources has changed. 

The University Single Sign On page will now look the same as the page you see when you log into other University services such as your emails or other Office 365 services. This also means that you will need to use a different username to log into e-resources. Where previously you only used your two-letter and six-digit username (e.g. ab123456) to log in, you will now need to add the suffix of your email address (e.g. ab123456@reading.ac.uk). This is the same username you will already use to log into services such as Blackboard. Your password will not change.  


This change will not affect how you log into your Library account to renew loans, place holds etc, this username will remain as ab123456 without the email suffix. 

Please see this blog post for further information.

You will experience this change because we are migrating from a local hosted server (a server on campus) to a server hosted by OpenAthens. This will improve the process of accessing e-resources as there will be one route for logging in, and it will be in line with other University systems. You should not experience a break in access in resources, but you may wish to back up any personalisations you may have made on individual platforms.  

Please also read this blog post, for further details and recommendations.  

If you have any questions about these changes or experience any issues with accessing E-resources, please contact eresourceshelp@reading.ac.uk or by submitting a problem report form. The Library E-Team is always happy to help.  

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