Methods include…
IP-based access
Registered user account
Remote access – proxies

Remote access – Shibboleth
Remote access – OpenAthens

IP Address Authentication

The primary and most common method of access to ADL is via IP address authentication. Your institution provides us with your IP addresses, we enable them, and then users coming from those IP addresses are able to access the Digital Library. IP addresses must be static (not dynamic, meaning that they do not move outside of the range that your institution has provided) and restricted (only authorized users at that institution are able to access those IP addresses). When going to, a user who is coming from an IP address we have activated for access will see this page:

A user who is not coming from an IP address we have activated for access will see this page:

The difference can be found in the login box in the upper right, and in the search box. Authenticated access will show “access provided by _____” and the search box text will say Search. Unauthenticated access will show “Welcome to Artstor’s public collections” and in the search box the text will read “Search Public Collections” More information about public access can be found in this article.

Artstor Digital Library User Accounts

Registering for an Artstor User Account provides users with access to many additional features in the Digital Library, including 120-days of remote access. This 120-day remote access grace period is renewable – every time a user logs into their account from an IP address that’s activated for their institution (i.e. from on-campus or the proxy), the 120-day remote access period is renewed.

Remote Access – Proxies

There are several ways to access the Digital Library remotely. For more information, see this page.

Many institutions utilize a proxy to provide remote access to their electronic resources. Proxies are set up and managed by the institution. The institution provides us with their proxy IP address, and we activate it for access, as above. The most common types of proxy used by Digital Library subscribers are EZproxy and Innovative. There are proxy settings that must be configured to ensure that the Digital Library access works properly (see: setting up proxy access for your institution). Institutions can contact us to add their proxy URL to our institutional login, so that users can access it directly from the dropdown in the Digital Library login screen. Users can typically access their institution’s proxy link via their institution’s library website – commonly the library’s A to Z list of databases.

Remote access – Shibboleth

Please visit this page for detailed information about connecting to Artstor once you have Shibboleth up and running.

Remote access – OpenAthens

If your institution uses OpenAthens and you haven’t yet added Artstor as a resource, you’ll need to set it up in your OpenAthens administrator interface in order to access Artstor from this service. Use the OpenAthens admin tool ( and add “ITHAKA” as a resource and enter this as the entitlement: `urn:mace:dir:entitlement:common-lib-terms`

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