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In January of 2021, we changed our off-site access method to make it easier for our customers. You can now use your Banner Health login to access library resources off-site or on your personal device. If you don't have a Banner Health login don't fret. You can still conveniently access everything with a library issued Open Athens account.  

With a email 
  • Start on the library website and click on anything. You will be asked to login once with your Banner Health email, password, and Microsoft Authenticator App.    
Without a email 
  • Start at OpenAthens Portal. Login with your library issued Open Athens account and use links provided on the list of resources. Don't have an OpenAthens account, use this form to request an account. It may also be helpful to view this OpenAthens video for detailed information on each of the resources.

Limited to 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 Protect)
“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 your OpenAthens Account and use the provided links to access our resources. Request an OpenAthens account

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

Personal Mobile Device
The same steps apply as those listed above under the heading, Banner Health Network Credentials & Microsoft Authenticator on your Personal Device. The library offers several different apps and web-friendly resources for your phone.

Specific Resources