Beginning Tuesday, April 5, UMBC is instituting single sign-on for Library resources. This means that once you have logged into myUMBC you will be able to access your catalog account, Research Port, and our other electronic resources without an additional log in. All Library resources will be accessed using your myUMBC username and password instead of your 14-digit Library ID.
- Will this change the way I renew books or check my catalog account?
You will still renew books through your catalog account, but the log in process will be different. After clicking on the "My Library Account" link you will still be asked to select your campus. After selecting UMBC, you will be taken to a standard UMBC log-in screen where you will log in with your myUMBC username and password. This last step will be bypassed if you are already logged into myUMBC and you will be taken directly to your catalog account.
Special borrowers and alumni card holders are currently unable to access their library accounts. We are working on this problem and hope to have it resolved soon. In the meanwhile, please contact the Circulation Desk at 410-455-2354 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to check due dates or renew items.
- Will this change the way I access Library resources (article databases, e-journals, etc.) from off-campus?
There will be no change if you use the UMBC VPN for off-campus access.
If you access Library resources directly from the Library's website, or if you use Research Port for off-campus access, the log in process will be different. As noted above you will still need to select UMBC as your campus, but from there you will be taken to a standard UMBC log-in screen where you will log in with your myUMBC username and password. If you are already logged into myUMBC you will be taken directly to your selected resource once you select UMBC as your campus.
Some patrons have reported receiving a message stating that their account has expired when trying to access Research Port through single sign-on. If you receive this error message please send the following information to Janet Hack:
- Your name
- Your campus ID
- Your Library ID (from your myUMBC Profile)
- The 14-digit number above the barcode on your UMBC ID card
- Please indicate if you have ever used a different 14-digit number to access Research Port
If you are not able to access Research Port through single sign-on, please try using the UMBC VPN for access. See our page at http://aok.lib.umbc.edu/services/remoteaccess.php for more information on using the VPN.
- Will this change the way I use Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
ILLiad is not part of the switch to single sign-on. You will still need to use your self-selected ILLiad username and password for all ILL requests.
Thank you for your assistance as we work our way through the unanticipated problems encountered during the switch to single sign-on. We hope that this change will ultimately make it easier to access Library resources. Please send any comments or concerns to Janet Hack, or contact the Reference Desk at 410-455-2346