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Accessing e-resources @ HKBU Library: OpenAthens Authentication

This guide will provide information on accessing HKBU Library e-resources,both on and off-campus.

Access library resources using OpenAthens

Access library resources using OpenAthens

Starting in September 2021, HKBU Library is progressively introducing a new authentication system called "OpenAthens" to enhance access our online resources. All library users will be asked to authenticate to access library e-resources both on and off campus.  

Users will only need to authenticate to OpenAthens once per session. Each session stays active for up to 8 hours, unless you clear your browser cache and cookies. 

During the transition, our legacy authentication system (EZproxy) will run parallel to OpenAthens to help ensure there is no disruption to e-resource access.


What is OpenAthens

                            What is OpenAthens?

OpenAthens is an identity and IP-based authentication system that provides access to the library's e-resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology. 

User login credential

User login credentials

User Type Login credentials
Students, Faculty, and Staff  HKBU SSOid and Password
Graduate Borrowers, JULAC Card holders Library card barcode and Password 
Walk-in Users
(e.g. visitors with Special Entry Permission) 
Visit Information Desk (Level 3) of Main Library to get credentials for logging into Library public PCs and authentication through OpenAthens.


  1. Graduate Borrowers, JULAC Card holders, and walk-in users must use a Library public PC for full access to HKBU Library e-resources.
  2. Graduate Borrowers that have selected eligible service packages may use their Library Card barcode and password to access selected e-resources from off campus.


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