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Single sign-on made simple for the library community. Easily access the knowledge you want, when you want it, wherever you are.

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As libraries, technology and information evolve, there is one constant: people want information that supports their learning, development and decision making.

OpenAthens ensures access and authentication are managed simply, securely and effectively while providing insight and data that supports the changing information needs of the organisation.


One username and password

OpenAthens establishes one set of log-in credentials for all library web resources and applications. Subscribers can sign-in and access the information they are looking for without unnecessary barriers or complications

Seamless off-site and on-site access

OpenAthens integrates with institutions who still rely on IP authentication. Single links are created that allow end-users to access the information needed whether they are located within their organisation or working off-site.

Easy integration with IT and ‘enterprise' single sign-on

If your organisation already maintains single sign-on across a range of internal and web-based applications, OpenAthens creates the bridge that extends this single sign-on experience to the full range of journals, websites and research applications your library subscribes to.

Security permissions can be managed centrally and the need for constant updates are removed. OpenAthens works with Microsoft Azure, ADFS, LDAP, Ping Federate and other SAML-based systems.

Access rights and permissions

OpenAthens provides flexible control for managing access rights to groups of users. Using new or existing attributes and categories, a librarian can control access to specific resources based on licensing requirements as well as the structure and strategic focus of their organisation.

Statistics and data

Comprehensive usage statistics show how often content is accessed and by whom giving the team who manage the information insight into the value of the subscriptions and detail into which parts of their organisation engage most regularly with their services.

Support for today and the future

OpenAthens is built on international standards. Our fully hosted and supported software and ITIL accredited service desk ensure these standards are maintained for all our customers. As the technology evolves, OpenAthens evolves with it.

Case study: information access for healthcare professionals during lockdown

When the government announced the plan for NHS Nightingale hospitals, we offered our support.

Read more about how we enabled remote access to medical information.


This service is included within the scope of our ISO27001 certificate.

Read more about International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) standards and view Jisc certificates.

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