How do I connect to the Library Resources using the KSU Proxy?

Connect From Off-Campus

Using the Library’s Resources from Off-Campus: Introducing KSU Proxy

Off-campus (or remote) access to the University Libraries’ electronic resources is now provided through a new service known as KSU Proxy. KSU Proxy is replacing the KSU VPN and does not require the installation of any software. When you attempt to access library content from off-campus, you’re prompted to enter your FlashLine username and password after which you’re connected.  It’s that easy.

Off-Campus Access FAQs

Why do I need KSU Proxy?

Many of the databases, electronic journals, ebooks, and streaming media services subscribed to by University Libraries are governed by license agreements that restrict access to current Kent State University students, faculty, and staff ONLY.

Further, most content vendors control access to their resources by limiting it to computers on campus. KSU Proxy serves as an intermediary by passing information between off campus users and restricted resources.  In other words, it verifies for the vendor that you’re a current student, faculty, or staff member entitled to access even though you’re not on campus.

What do I have to do to use KSU Proxy?

KSU Proxy requires no configuration on the user's part. In fact, all you need to use KSU Proxy is your FlashLine user name and password.

How does KSU Proxy work?

The connection to KSU Proxy is coded within the links to databases, electronic journals, ebooks, and media on the library's web pages and in KentLINK. When you click on a link to an online resource, KSU Proxy checks whether your computer is on campus or off.

  • If you’re on campus, you’ll bypass KSU Proxy and be sent directly to the resource.
  • If you’re off campus, you’ll be presented a Kent State University login page and prompted to enter your FlashLine username and password. Once entered, you’ll be linked to the resource.

Will my bookmarks to journals and databases still work?

If you’re on campus yes but not if you’re off campus. Links now direct Internet traffic through KSU Proxy to check if you’re on campus or off. If you have bookmarks you regularly use from off campus you should visit the resource through the Library’s website and resave those bookmarks. Links bookmarked from off campus will work on campus but not vice versa.

Why the change from KSU VPN?

The KSU VPN was complicated to use, requiring users to download software, install it, and correctly configure it for access. KSU Proxy requires none of that. Furthermore, users had to remember to login before accessing the library. KSU Proxy, on the other hand, prompts you to login only when necessary.

Is KSU VPN still an option for off-campus access?

Yes, the KSU VPN can still be used in the following situations:

  • KSU Proxy service is down or unavailable
  • You need to access your university network drives remotely

Please see the article on VPN for more information.

Complete instructions for downloading and installing the KSU VPN are available through Tech Help

For more information on accessing library resources from off-campus, please see this page from the KSU library's website.

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