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Help: Off Campus Access

Using your Rush account to access the library's online resources

Members of the Rush community may access most library resources (e.g., PubMed, CINAHL, eBooks, ILLiad, etc.) from off campus with their Rush username and password.

To access materials, start at the Library of Rush University Medical Center's home page. Click the link to the resource you need, and you will be prompted for your username and password. Once you have entered your information, you will be taken to the resource.

Use your Rush account for off-campus access to library resources

Students and employees at Rush University Medical Center, Rush-Copley Family Medicine residents, and residents and fellows at Rush University Medical Center or John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County are automatically granted access to the library's online resources and do not need to complete an application or request access. 

If you are a Rush-Copley Family Medicine resident or a Rush student, faculty member, resident or employee, the proxy server will accept your Rush username and password. These are the same credentials you use for your Rush email (, your on-campus PC, the University Portal, My Apps, or your RUMC Epic access. If you have a working login for one of these services but aren’t able to access a specific library resource, please contact the Library Services Desk by phone at (312) 942-5950, by chat, or by email at for assistance using it. If you cannot remember your Rush username or password, please contact the Help Desk by phone:

Rush University students, facutly and staff should call the University Help Desk at (312) 563-2527 (or 3-CLAS from any campus phone).

Rush University Medical Center staff should call (312) 942-4357 (or 2-HELP from any house phone).

Library staff cannot reset your Rush password.

If you are a resident or fellow at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, your credentials were delivered to your Cook County Health and Hospitals System email account when you began your program.

Preparing off-campus links to library resources

When preparing links that will be provided to off-campus users, it's important to make sure that the user is given an opportunity to log in with their Rush username and password. Otherwise, they may be denied access, prompted to purchase the content, offered the option to log in with a personal account which they do not have, or experience other confusing behavior. 

This is done by adding a prefix to the link that directs it through Rush's EZproxy server. EZproxy will ask the user to sign in with their Rush username and password, and then work its magic in the background to make it seem like the user is on campus.  

The library is happy to provide assistance with off campus access to our resources. Please contact us with any questions about EZproxy, proxied links, or any other aspect of this topic.

Rush's EZproxy prefix is:

For example, the following is a link to “4.3.8 Lining of the nasal cavity,” a video in Acland's Anatomy. For most on-campus users, the following link is sufficient:

However, this link won’t work for off campus users, who would be denied access. In order for Rush users to sign in and use this link from off campus, the EZproxy prefix must be added. With the prefix, the full URL would be:

Important notes and exceptions:

  1. Be sure that you aren’t providing (or prefixing) URLs that have already been rewritten to pass through the proxy. Proxied links will have a domain (the part of the URL immediately following https://) that ends with Using the example above, the proxied domain for Acland's Anatomy would be Note that links copied from your browser when accessing resources from off campus (and many on-campus locations) are likely to be proxied. 
  2. There's no need to prefix "friendly" links from the library's website. Friendly URLs begin with For example, the friendly link to CINAHL is

Rush EZproxy Bookmarklet

If use a link in an email alert, RSS feed or a non-Rush website, the link may not have the Rush University Library proxy prefix. The proxy prefix routes your request through a Rush IP address, allowing the publisher to identify you as a Rush user. When it is absent, you may be asked to purchase articles even if they are covered by Rush's subscriptions.

Drag this button to your bookmarks toolbar → Reload through Rush

If you reach one of Rush's IP-authenticated resources from a non-Rush IP address, clicking the bookmarklet will attempt to re-load the page through Rush's proxy server. Note that reloading non-Rush resources with this tool will result in an error message; it can only work when reloading a domain that the proxy server has been configured to use.  

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