Proxy URLs (EZProxy)
A proxy URL routes your Library-specific traffic through another server, a “proxy server”, which handles your login details for you. The University Library uses a system called “EZProxy.”
For example, when you use the Library’s proxy URL:
https://proxy.cc.uic.edu/login?url=https://library.uic.edu, you are not directly accessing the Library website,
https://library.uic.edu, but are instead accessing it through the proxy server:
Browser extensions for Proxy URLs
Browser extensions are 3rd-party software plugins you can install within your web browser to add features, like to automate the use of Proxy URLs. You must install 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 version 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; both recommended extensions include the UIC proxy as an option. Consult the documentation for your particular extension.
Please note that the University Library cannot provide support for these extensions. Your mileage may vary.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
For general access to UIC resources, we recommend setting up a Virtual Private Network (VPN), provided by UIC’s Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC). Using the VPN is like being on campus. It’s equivalent to plugging your computer directly into an outlet, providing you with a UIC IP address. After downloading and installing the VPN, as detailed on the ACCC website, and clicking “Connect”, select the “Library-Resources” Group (not the default “General-Use” group):