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Off-site Access

Off-Site Access

We are working to minimize the number of clicks to get to our online content. The changes are also being made to ensure access remains secure and convenient.  

Users with a email 

If you have a Banner Health email, you can utilize single sign-on with your email, password, and the Microsoft Authenticator App.    

Affiliated users without a email 

You will need an OpenAthens account to access library resources off-site. Start at the portal to easily access library resources. OpenAthens registration form 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact library staff. We are available by phone or chat weekdays from 8:00am – 4:30pm and may also be reached at

Eligible Users

Banner Health Library Services signs license agreements with publishers when subscribing to electronic/online resources. The terms of these agreements limit off-site access to eligible users. Eligible users are all Banner Health physicians and employees and some interns and students. If you are an intern or student, contact the library to determine eligibility. 

Methods for Access

IP Address 
All library resources are accessible from on-site Banner computers. Our content providers can verify the computer location through the external IP address. This does not apply to personal devices on the Banner Health guest wifi. Access by IP authentication means that you do not need to use your Banner Health network credentials or an OpenAthens account to view any of library's full text content. If you are unable to access a resource from an on-site Banner computer, please get in contact with the library at so we can investigate the problem.       

VPN (Global Connect)
“What Is a Virtual Private Network (VPN), and How Does It Work? When you switch a VPN on, it creates an encrypted tunnel between you and a remote server operated by a VPN service. All your internet traffic is routed through this tunnel, so your data is secure from prying eyes along the way.” VPN connection is provided by Banner Health IT. If you have the Microsoft Authenticator VPN connection you appear to be on an on-site Banner computer. Therefore, you will have unfettered access to library resources.

Banner Health Network Credentials & Microsoft Authenticator on your Personal Device
If you have a Banner Health email, you will be able to utilize single sign-on (SSO) with your Banner Health email and password. The Microsoft Authenticator App is required to access library resources off-site. To learn more about the Microsoft Authenticator App, please refer to these instructions for using the Microsoft Authenticator App. Please also check Banner's Azure MFA FAQ for updates. No smart phone?: enroll in Microsoft Azure Multifactor Authentication without using the Microsoft Authenticator App. 

OpenAthens Account
If you do not have a Banner Health email, upon request, the library will issue you an OpenAthens account. OpenAthens is a single sign-on (SSO) service that provides access to all the library resources by using a single password, thereby reducing password fatigue, and provides better security. Start by logging into and use the provided links to access our resources. Request an OpenAthens account

Access Using a Personal Account (Required for BoardVitals & UpToDate)
Some resources provide a personalized experience such as for tracking CMEs, test prep materials, or personalized book collections. In most cases, you are required to create an account while using a Banner Health computer or VPN connection or Banner Health email address. A personal account may be needed to access the mobile version of a resource. Products which require a personal account are BoardVitals and UpToDate

Access on Your Mobile Device
The library offers several different apps and web-friendly resources for your phone. In most cases, you will need to have a Banner approved mobile device to access the library resources. Approval for your personal device is a straightforward process which is handled by Banner Health IT.  

Specific Resources