Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2023     Views: 2815

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 library databases and other subscription resources 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 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 on the Database User Authentication screen.

  • your username = firstname.lastname   (without the
  • your password = your Purchase College email 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.

Database User login page


Using Discovery Search from Off-Campus

You can browse the "guest" version of the Library Discovery Search from off-campus without signing in. Guest mode will display abstracts and citations, as well as call numbers and on-shelf status, for most of the Library's holdings. To access the full text (PDFs) of articles, you will need to sign in.

You can sign in with your Purchase credentials in the upper right corner of the top menu bar. 

Screenshot of Discovery Search main page


Click "Purchase login" from the menu that pops up, then sign in with your Purchase username and password (same as campus email).

Example of Purchase login screen

Once you're signed into Discovery, you will see the full search results and links to the full text (PDFs) of articles. When you attempt to open the full text or view an article online, you will be prompted to sign in a second time, via the black-and-white Database User Authentication screen above (aka the ezproxy server).

In short, you will sign in twice: Once to log into Discovery itself to view the various full text options. And the second time to sign in via ezproxy after you click on a link to get the full text (PDF).



If you encounter problems, please first try accessing your campus email or Brightspace 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 Brightspace but cannot access library resources, contact our E-Resources Librarian, Carrie Marten by emailing You may also email the Reference team at You may also contact us via Zoom Reference or Chat 24/7 for live help.

Please be sure to write down your process and include the following information so we can help you more quickly:

  • What browser you were using
  • What type of operating system you are using (i.e. Mac vs. Windows)
  • Which database or library resource you were trying to access
  • A screenshot of the error message (or at least copy the text of the error message)

See also: FAQ on troubleshooting ezproxy or "secure connection" errors. 


Who can access databases from off-campus?

Library subscription resources involve licenses, copyright restrictions, payment structures, and other contractual agreements which require them to be restricted to a specific 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 new or returning Purchase College student, faculty, or staff member and do not have an active Purchase email account, you can activate your account from the "Account Activation" page. Call CTS at 914-251-6465 for further assistance with email account activation.

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