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Connecting to the Library Online: Home

This guide tells you how to access library databases, e-books, and your library account online.

What's in this Guide?

This is a guide to help Valencia students, staff and faculty access Valencia library databases, articles, e-books, videos and your library accounts online.

How to Log In with OpenAthens

What is OpenAthens?

OpenAthens is an authentication service that allows you to access Valencia's electronic library resources on and off campus. It replaces the Borrower ID and PIN.

How do I login with OpenAthens?

OpenAthens works with your Atlas credentials and allows you to login from any entry point. You can start from Atlas, the library catalog, a library database, or the website of a resource Valencia College Library subscribes to.

Start from a library database (or a specific library eBook, article or video):

  1. Click on a direct link to a library database: (Example: JSTOR)
  2. You will be prompted to enter your Atlas credentials.
  3. Type your Atlas username and password.

Start from the website of a resource that Valencia subscribes to:

  1. Find the website of a library resource, for example, using Google Scholar. (Example: Nursing Outlook)
  2. Look for a link to sign in or log in with "your institution," "institutional access," or "OpenAthens."
  3. Search for Valencia College. (Note: if Valencia College is not listed, we may not subscribe to that particular resource. Contact us for questions.)
  4. Type your Atlas username and password.

Connecting to the Library: Quick Start from Atlas

Start from Atlas:

  1. Go to the MyAtlas tab, Courses tab, or Employees tab.
  2. Under Libraries, Click Search the Library. The Library Catalog opens.
  3. In the upper right corner, click Sign In.
  4. Click Login Using: Atlas Login to complete your login.

Visitors & Guests: Searching the Library

Visitors and Guests may search the library without logging in, but will not be able to access subscribed content such as online databases, full-text articles, or e-books. To search the library, go directly to the library catalog:

If Atlas is Down


"Atlas is down or too slow and I can't log in."

The problem: Atlas may be experiencing technical difficulties.

What to do: Please contact us for help accessing resources.