EZProxy (for off-campus access to restricted electronic resources).
A proxy server is a technical solution for a legal problem--the problem of how to provide desktop delivery anywhere on the Internet to restricted, licensed, electronic information. With the proper equipment, Internet connection, and training, electronic information can be much easier to search and retrieve than conventional print resources; many library patrons prefer electronic resources for these reasons. However, contrary to popular opinion, much scholarly, peer-reviewed electronic information is not free; it must be purchased from vendors who license access to their electronic information.
Sometimes copyright holders of electronic information will sell licenses to access their products over the Internet to a university or other institution only if users who access their products can be verified as affiliated with the purchasing institution; licenses can allow access to electronic information in a variety of ways. Some of the more common methods are:
Each of these licensing restrictions poses problems for library patrons who want to access electronic information.
Despite the disadvantages, a proxy server can offer wide Internet access to the large number of electronic resources made available through the UK libraries.