About Proxy URLs
Some Library patrons have reported difficulty using the proxy URL.
A proxy URL (Web address) routes your Library-specific traffic through another server, a “proxy server”, which handles your login details for you. For example, when you use the Library’s proxy login URL,
http://proxy.cc.uic.edu/login?url=http://library.uic.edu, you are not direcly accessing the Library website,
library.uic.edu, but are instead accessing it through the proxy server:
Proxy URLs like this are a very common solution to off-campus authentication, used by universities and other organizations around the world. The UIC Library uses one called “EZProxy.”
The UIC Library bookmarklet
The UIC Library used to provide a complementary “bookmarklet”, a little program which conveniently modified URLs for some services to use our proxy, but which became difficult for us to maintain. It was discontinued in early 2018.
As a replacement for the bookmarklet, patrons may have success using “browser extensions”, which help your web browser to manage proxy URLs. You must provide a separate extension for any browser you use. Our recommendations:
- Google Chrome: EZProxy Redirect.
- Mozilla Firefox: EZProxy Redirect Foxified
- Apple Safari (on a Mac): this may be possible, but challenging.
Extensions for other desktop browsers are unknown. For mobile phones or tablets, first download the mobile versions of Chrome (iOS, Android) or Firefox (iOS, Android), and install from there. Safari on iOS may not be possible.
Once you install your browser extension, you will need to configure it. Luckily, the UIC proxy is available as a built-in option for both recommended extensions. Consult the documentation for your particular extension.
Please note that the UIC Library cannot provide support for these extensions. Your mileage may vary.
General off-campus access
For more general access to UIC resources, we recommend setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN). This should be equivalent to plugging your remote computer directly into an ethernet outlet in a Library building.