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Please Note: Froedtert Health has implemented a new security protocol which has resulted in the degradation of on-campus access to MCW Libraries' electronic resources. Users on the Froedtert network must sign in via OpenAthens when attempting to access electronic library resources (including UpToDate, VisualDx, etc.). MCW Libraries is aware of this change and is working to provide a permanent access solution. If you have MCW credentials, please sign in via MCW employees and students when prompted. If you are a Froedtert employee, click here to register for an OpenAthens account or view more information.

OpenAthens: Non-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 for Non-MCW Employees

MCW Libraries uses OpenAthens to connect users to library resources. Most Froedtert and Children's Wisconsin employees, and MCW volunteer or adjunct faculty are eligible for access to MCW Libraries' subscription resources. Complete the registration form to request an account. After we verify your status, you will receive an email with access instructions.

If you encounter any problems, please contact the library here.

Request an OA account

Connecting to MCW Libraries' Resources from Anywhere

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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 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


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.
  2. Sign in with your OpenAthens Account.

Sign in with an OpenAthens account

If you are using links on the library's website or our LibGuides to access subscription content. choose to "Sign in with an OpenAthens account."

Sign in with an OpenAthens account


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