What is OpenAthens?

What is OpenAthens?

Why has the library changed the authentication method? 

How do I access library online resources via OpenAthens?

What does the system change mean for me?


What is OpenAthens?

OpenAthens is an authentication method that provides a more secure and effective way to access library licensed online resources. 


Why are we using OpenAthens?

OpenAthens enables secure and more reliable access to information resources both on and off campus with just one set of login details.

The new system increases the amount of login access points, making it easier to discover and access SAE Library subscribed content.

Previously, to access resources, staff and students would need to navigate to a library created link e.g. via the library website or campus online, whereas with OpenAthens you can access content we subscribe to straight from the publishers' website. Please note, we don't subscribe to everything on the publishers' websites, but when we do, you'll be directed to the resource upon login.


How do I sign in to access library resources with OpenAthens?

On the OpenAthens "Where are you from page", Education Partners should select the "All other users" button to sign-in.


Staff & Students will receive an automated email with instructions on how to create a password once an account has been made for you by the Library.

A special Education Partners card on the "OpenAthens help page" to further assist users has been created.



What are the different ways of accessing e-resources for Education Partners?

All Education Partners should continue to use this site as the gateway to accessing SAE library resources for Education Partners. You will find over the coming weeks when you click links that the authentication system you're asked to use will have changed from EZProxy to OpenAthens.

You use OpenAthens only when prompted to gain access to e-resources. It works in a very similar way to the EZProxy you have been using since 2018.

Staff and students can still sign in to library resources via the following options:

  • directly through a database (e.g., ProQuest),
  • via a library system (e.g. the Library Website); and
  • via a prefixed link from within a learning and teaching system, e.g. Campus online

In addition to these options, staff and students can now discover resources and login:

  • via publisher websites
What the system change means for you:
  • If you are a Faculty member, you must create new OpenAthens links to library resources in SAE systems such as Moodle or Google sites by converting the existing EZproxy links to OpenAthens links. The library will provide further information on how to update the links.

IMPORTANT: Bookmarked links and the links in course materials that include the previous proxy information (saeezproxy.idm.oclc.org) will work till December 31, 2023.


  • Update or remove browser bookmarks that contain EZproxy links.
  • Save data from individual publisher websites, such as saved items (e.g. the Bookshelf in Ebook Central) that rely on EZproxy information and will not be available after the system change. For information on how to retrieve items saved to your previous bookshelf/account, see:

How do I access items saved to my ProQuest Ebook Central bookshelf AFTER the authentication change?


SAE Library staff are available to answer any questions you may have and can also help you update links in your units if you require. 

For assistance, please contact library@sae.edu.au.

  • Last Updated Jul 31, 2023
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  • Answered By Blanka Arnold

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