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OpenAthens: OpenAthens

This guide provides information about OpenAthens, the library's authentication system for electronic resources.

Open Athens


OpenAthens is an identity and IP-based authentication system that provides access to the library's licensed online resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology.  OpenAthens offers a more secure and reliable experience for the Washington & Jefferson College community.


W&J students, staff, and faculty must use their W&J credentials to access online resources when they are off campus. Users will only need to authenticate to OpenAthens once per session. An OpenAthens session stays active for up to 8 hours, unless you clear your browser cache and cookies. 

Accessing electronic resources via the library's website

Click on the resource you want to access from the library's A-Z Database List.  You will be directed to W&J's Single Sign On page where you will login with your W&J credentials:

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Original guide developed by the Kutztown University Rohrbach Library  Reused with permission.