Access materials from home

Did you know? If you are a Cal Poly student, faculty or staff member you can use most of our online services from the library, your dorm, your home, or anywhere you have online access.

Avoid paying for articles

Are you being asked to pay for an article? Tell the resource you are from Cal Poly by reloading the page with the Cal Poly library Proxy Bookmarklet as described below.

Proxy Bookmarklet information

When you’re off-campus, the proxy bookmarklet lets you reload a web page through the Cal Poly Library’s proxy server.

If the page you are visiting is one that the library has a subscription for, using the bookmarklet will enable you to access the resource as if you are on-campus. You will be prompted to log in to My Cal Poly and will be returned to the web page you were on when you clicked the bookmarklet.

How to use the Proxy Bookmarklet

Simply right click on the bookmarklet link and save it as a favorite or bookmark or click and drag it to your bookmarks toolbar. Then, click on your new bookmark whenever you find yourself at an Cal Poly-subscribed resource that requests a password.

(Right click and add to favorites/bookmarks)

What if it doesn’t work?

If the library doesn’t subscribe to a particular title or does not subscribe to the resource, you may be still be unable to access the material, or even receive a Proxy Error page. Check out our Interlibrary Services to see about ordering the material from another library.

Click the resource from our web site

In other words, click the link you need from our web site.

Need an article database? Need to use Google Scholar? Click the link from our site and you will be prompted to put in your Poly credentials. From there you will be able to access that resource.

Helpful resource links

You can also access databases from the Library Tab at MyCalPoly.

Need help with this?

No problem. Ask us – we’re here to help.