Access to University of Alberta Library Electronic Resources

The University of Alberta Library licenses a wide range of electronic journals, databases and e-books from commercial vendors. These licenses restrict use of these resources to primary affiliates, i.e. current University students, faculty and staff (based on valid student or employee numbers). However, our licenses do permit "walk-in"/on-campus use by guest affiliates and the wider community at public computer stations within the University Library or via the University of Alberta wireless network.

For more specific license information, follow the links to "Conditions of Use" for individual titles in the Databases Titles List. If you have further questions, please submit them via the following Email - Ask us a Question Form.

PRIMARY CCIDs (Current U of A students, faculty and staff)

Off campus access (from outside the University computing network) to library licensed online resources by primary members of the University community (current students, faculty and staff) requires login to the Library's proxy server using a personal Campus Computing ID (CCID).

Those with CCIDs who are no longer current students, faculty or staff, with the exception of Professors Emeriti, will not have remote access to library online resources.

Problems logging in to the proxy server should be reported using the following web form.

GUEST CAMPUS COMPUTING IDS

Guest Campus Computing IDs (Guest CCIDs) are issued by U of A faculties/departments to those without a primary affiliation but who maintain a “direct benefit" relationship to the University of Alberta, e.g. academic visitors, AASUA/NASA staff, St. Stephens College students and staff.

Those with Guest CCIDs will have on-campus access to library online resources via library computers, computers in campus offices or labs or via the University of Alberta wireless network but will not have off-campus access to these resources.

Guest CCIDs must be renewed by the sponsoring department, normally, on an annual basis.

For more information on Guest CCIDs, see Additional CCID Options on the IST website.

Temporary Network ID

Those without a current primary or guest relationship to the University of Alberta (e.g. members of the general public, students from other educational institutions) may access U of Alberta Library resources on-campus using a Temporary Network ID.

Temp Network IDs are available at Library Service Desks with photo identification and proof of current Canadian address.

Acceptable photo identification:

  • Current UA staff or student ONEcards
  • Current NEOS staff cards with photo or student library cards with photo
  • Valid driver's license from any country
  • Current government issued photo identification from any province or country
  • Current high school, college or university student identification (also requires second piece of ID validating current Canadian address
  • Current passport from any country (also requires second piece of ID validating current Canadian address)
  • Examples that are not acceptable:

    • Fitness or sports club memberships
    • Workplace identification
    • Association or trade union identification

    Validation of Your Current Canadian Address

    The following are acceptable:

    • Current UA staff or student ONEcards
    • Current NEOS staff cards with photo or student library cards with photo (NEOS staff with cards that do not include a photo must provide photo identification as outlined above in addition to their NEOS Library Card)
    • Valid Canadian driver's license
    • Letter of confirmation from a local hotel or University residence
    • Letter of introduction from a University of Alberta department
    • Credit card or utility bill issued in the last three months
    • Bank statement issued in the last three months
    • Current automobile or home insurance policy
    • Current Government ID from any Canadian province/territory
    • Provincial Education student record

    Examples that are not acceptable:

    • Addresses not written in Roman letters
    • Bills or bank statements issued more than three months ago
    • Passports (without a second piece of ID validating current Canadian address)