Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016     Views: 269

You can access the Library's databases and other resources from anywhere if you are a Purchase student, faculty member, or staff member. 

To use subscription resources like our databases from off-campus, you must have an active Purchase College email account and you must access the resources via the Library’s website.  (You will not be able to log in if you try to access a specific database or resource from a Google search.) 


Logging in from Off-campus

If you are off-campus and you click on a resource from the Library's website, you will be asked for your username and password.

  • your username = firstname.lastname   (without the
  • your password = your Purchase College email password (same as Moodle password)

Once you have successfully logged into one library resource, you should not need to log in again unless a significant amount of time passes without activity or you close your browser.



If you encounter problems, please first try accessing your campus email or Moodle to make sure that your username and password are working properly. If your account is not working properly, contact the CTS Helpdesk at 914-251-6465.

If you are able to access your email or Moodle but cannot access library resources, contact our Digital Services Librarian at 914-251-6428 or the Library Reference Desk at 914-251-6410, or email

Please be sure to jot down your process and any error messages you see so we can help you more quickly. Include a screenshot of the problem, if possible.


Who can access databases from off-campus?

Library subscription resources usually involve licenses, copyright restrictions, payment structures, and other contractual agreements which require them to be restricted to a specific valid group of users.

Purchase college students, faculty, and staff with current, active email accounts can access library resources from off-campus.  Alumni and members of the public do not have remote access but are welcome to use our digital resources on-site at the Library any time we are open. 

If you are a Purchase College student, faculty, or staff member and do not have an active Purchase email account, you can activate your account from the Student Portal page or the Faculty & Staff Portal page. Click on “Account Activation.”

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