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Niven Library - FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology Library Guide: Off Campus Access to Library Resources

The library supports a number of themes - African ornithology, conservation biology, Antarctic and sub-antarctic biology, specifically birds.

Off Campus Access to Library resources

Off-campus access to the Libraries Electronic Resources

To access the Libraries' electronic resources from home, or from anywhere off campus, you need to log in via the proxy server, EZProxy. 

If you are not on campus, please use the Off Campus Login Button. This login allows you to access electronic journals, databases and other library resources from off-campus. This button can also be found on the library web page

What is EZProxy?
At UCT, EZProxy is a service that provides authenticated off-campus access to selected web content for staff and registered students of the University of Cape Town.  It is a reverse proxy system that enables UCT Libraries' users to access databases, e-journals, and other electronic resources from home, or anywhere in the world.

How to use EZProxy:

  1. Access the internet as usual via your Internet Service Provider (ISP).
  2.  Go to the Libraries web site ( and click on the button: "Off-campus login" on the right side of your screen, or go directly to:  
    Depending on your browser settings, you may see a screen advising you about security certificates.  If you do, click the Yes button on this screen.
  3.  You will now see an EZProxy log-in screen.  Log in using your staff/student number and your UCT network password.


Once you have logged in, you will see the University of Cape Town reverse proxy screen.


Selecting the UCT Libraries link will take you to the Libraries Home Page.  Once there, you will notice that the Libraries’ URL in the address bar at the top of the page has changed to:  This indicates that you are now accessing the Libraries' site via the proxy server.  (If you do not see “ezproxy” in the URL, click the Back button in your browser until "ezproxy" reappears, and begin navigating again from there.)

For more information about EZProxy, go to our EZProxy information page.  EZProxy is supported by ICTS, so if you experience problems with this facility, contact the ICTS Help Desk at or phone 021 650-4500.