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Authenticating to Van Wylen Library resources from off-campus.

What is EZproxy and How Does it Work?

EZproxy is the means by Hope College students, faculty, and staff can access databases, journals, and ebooks from off-campus using their 1Hope credentials.  When on-campus, the resource will see the request come through a campus IP address and know that the user has permission to use the resource. But, since our databases and journals are only licensed to Hope students, faculty, and staff, the resource has to know that an off-campus user is licensed to access the product and EZproxy is the key to that process.

From off campus, EZProxy makes this authentication process simple - logging in with your 1Hope credentials runs your request through our proxy server so that the resources will see a campus IP address when the resource is accessed.  When doing research from off-campus, you should only have to login once unless you close your browser or clear your cookies - after logging in to EZProxy, the library website should treat you as though you were on campus.

EZproxy Bookmarklet

The EZproxy browser bookmarklet adds the library's EZproxy prefix to a URL. When you are not on the campus network click on the bookmarklet to access licensed library resources that you've found via non-library sites such as Google, Google Scholar, email links, Twitter, etc.

To take advantage of EZproxy you will need to make sure your browser is configured to:

  • Allow pop-up windows.
  • Accept third-party cookies.
  • Enable JavaScript.

The browser bookmarklet can be added to iOS, Android and most browsers including Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and IE.

  • Drag the Hope EZproxy bookmarklet link below to your browser's bookmarks toolbar.
  • Click on the bookmarklet after you land on a licensed resource that you've reached via a non-Hope site.

Hope EZproxy

Chrome: It is not possible to install the EZproxy bookmarklet in Chrome on some Mac operating systems (e.g., Mojave and High Sierra).  If you must use Chrome as your browser you will need to install an EZproxy browser extension. Search Google for "EZproxy extension."
Safari: It is possible to install the EZproxy bookmarklet in Safari if your Mac OS is Mojave or High Sierra. Please consider using Safari as your browser.

It is not possible to install the EZproxy bookmarklet in Edge. Please use IE, Chrome, or Firefox.

Attribution for the bookmarklet: Our thanks to UC-Berkeley: "EZproxy: Browser bookmarklet" by UC-Berkeley is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0 / A derivative from the original work

EZproxy Browser Extensions

Prefer a browser extension to a bookmarklet? EZproxy Redirect allows you to send any page to the Hope College EZproxy, for more convenient access to Van Wylen Library subscriptions.

After installing EZproxy Redirect, make sure to select Hope College in the Extension Options.


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Jenifer Holman
Electronic Resources Librarian,
Van Wylen Library
Hope College

EZproxy Bookmarklet

Accessing library resources from off-campus? Install this time-saving bookmarklet to re-load any web page through our proxy server with a single click.

  1. Drag the Hope EZproxy bookmarklet link below to your browser's bookmarks toolbar

Hope EZproxy

  1. From any web page, click on the bookmarklet from your browser's bookmarks toolbar to re-load the page.

Questions? More information available at our full EZproxy Guide

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser add-on that provides single-click access to library content from publisher websites, Web of Science databases, PubMed, Wikipedia and more. It's like a shortcut to our "Find Full Text" service. Want to see it in action? Watch this short video.

To get started:

Using Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, Vivaldi, or Brave!, go to:

LibKey Nomad IconClick "Add to Chrome"

Search for and select 'Hope College' from the dropdown menu.

Look for the 'Nomad' button when browsing publisher websites