Thursday, January 23, 2014

Simplifying access to electronic resources at the University of Hull: Athens to Shibboleth

In the week beginning 27th January University of Hull will be changing the authentication system used to provide access to ebooks and ejournals from Athens to Shibboleth. When logging in with Shibboleth, use your Hull IT userID and password instead of the one specific for Athens, meaning that you will drop the "hul" from your username when logging in.  If you are already logged into one of these services you will not need to login to e-resources again during the same web session.

To use Shibboleth, please look for this login option when visiting e-resources (it may also be labelled as 'Institutional login' or 'UK Federation', or similar), select 'University of Hull (Shibboleth)' from the list of institutions and log in as directed.  The Library Catalogue will also provide instructions where appropriate for different resources.  If you have any difficulties, please contact

While most resources will change to Shibboleth, there will still be some resources that use Athens and some that offer both Athens and Shibboleth for a while, but these will be phased out by 31 July 2014. Resources that are currently accessible through the library proxy server or using a generic username and password stored on the University of Hull portal will be unaffected by these changes.