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OpenAthens: MCW Employees

Learn how to create persistent and proxied links to our resources to ensure that library users have access to our books, chapters and articles from anywhere.


OpenAthens is the gateway to getting access to MCW Libraries subscription resources from anywhere.

Sign in to OpenAthens

Register for an OpenAthens Account

Connecting to MCW Libraries' Resources from Anywhere

Link Generator

Use OpenAthens Link Generator to create Athenized links.

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Connect from Off-Campus

MCW Libraries resources are available anytime, anywhere, and on any device. 

To connect to resources from off-campus, start out at the library's publicly accessible homepage or at any of our LibGuides. If you click a link to a subscription resource, you will be prompted to login to OpenAthens. Those with MCW accounts can use their account information to login. Other users, including Children's Wisconsin and Froedtert Health employees need to register for an account. 

Logging in is easy! If you have an MCW account, choose the first option and sign into Duo. If you are staff at Children's Wisconsin or Froedtert, a volunteer or adjunct faculty, or you have a library account, use the second option and login with your OpenAthens account.

OpenAthens User Groups

OpenAthens Access on Journal Websites

If you come across OpenAthens links out in the world wide web, you can use them to get access to our library subscriptions. It's as easy as:

  1. Find the OpenAthens link, or a link that says "Access through your institution."
  2. Find your institution: Medical College of Wisconsin.
  3. Sign in with your MCW login information.

Note: If you are a Froedtert, Children's Wisconsin employee or have a non-MCW library account, you can skip steps 2-3 and use the "Sign in with your OpenAthens account" log in area. If you don't have an OpenAthens account,  register here to set one up.


OpenAthens links on journal websites

Find your institution


Sign in with MCW username

Athenize Your Links

Use the Athenizer to create links to library content. Copy and paste a persistent link to an article, ebook, or journal here to generate a link that will authenticate you when off-campus.

Be sure to test the links before you share them. If you run into problems, or have questions, send us an email!

Note: Ebsco and ProQuest do not need to be Athenized.



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