Please note, your institution's IT or Identity & Access Management (IAM) team may be needed to help answer questions in this section.
The OpenAthens single sign-on service has the ability to connect to existing user accounts. This means that a user’s initial log-in to the SSO service will be with their institutional account – in most cases, the same email or username they already use to log into their school email and so on. Connecting to your institution’s Identity Provider (IdP) is a one-time process. We establish a secure connection and your IT or IdP team release any data attributes needed to OpenAthens.
To connect to your institution’s Identity Provider, we will first need to know where user accounts are stored. Types of IdPs we can connect to OpenAthens include:
- Microsoft Active Directory (ADFS or LDAP)
- Microsoft Azure
- Other SAML-compliant IdP applications, such as Google Suite, PingFederate, Okta, etc.
- CAS version 5.x or later
If the library's institution does not use an Identity Provider, OpenAthens can store accounts; select the relevant option below for more information.