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Cook Children's
Schwarz Health Sciences Library

Access Library Resources from Off-campus – no VPN or Citrix MyAccess required

The Library website is available to everyone at any time and on any device, even if you are not on the Cook network. If you are non-exempt (hourly) you may still have use of the Library resources for personal use outside of your work hours. Search ULearn for the Remote Access Acknowledgement form.  

  1. Whenever possible, it is best to access the Library's resources directly from the Library website (
  2. Add it to your bookmarks/favorites so you can pull it up anytime you want without having to visit CookNet first.
  3. You will be required to download and install the Imprivata ID app on your personal cell phone. This app provides Multi Factor Authentication to access Cook resources remotely. See the instructions from the IT Service Desk.
  4. The links to resources provided on the Library website will take you to the following screen which will prompt you for your Cook Children's username and password.
  5. After signing in, you will be redirected to your chosen resource.
  6. Once logged in, you will remain authenticated throughout your browser session and shouldn't be challenged to login again if you visit other resources.


Will I need to log in when I am on campus?

No, your experience when on the campus network will not change. However, you will no longer HAVE to be on the network to search and use the library's books, journals, and databases.

How can I access the Libraries' resources without coming through the library website first? I often start at Pubmed, Google, or Google Scholar.

  1. When visiting a publisher website, you will often see a statement that asks you to "sign in via your institution or OpenAthens" as in the image below.
  2. Search for Cook Children's Medical Center and click on it when you see it.
  3. Occasionally you may be asked to choose a "region or federation". If you are, choose OpenAthens Federation and then search for Cook Children's Medical Center.
    OpenAthens SignIn

Will the login link or screen look the same for all resources?

No, the login may differ by publisher website. Look for login links, usually in a menu at the top of the screen. For example, below is the login process for the AAP and for Wiley Online Library.

AAP Login

Wiley Login Process


When connected to the Cook network via VPN* or MyAccess:

  1. Go to CookNet
  2. Locate the Health Sciences Library under the Quick Links section
  3. Select the Health Sciences Library and proceed using the resources

*Some of the Library's resources are not accessible with the VPN connection. 

What happens if I change devices or use a different browser? Will OpenAthens remember me?

OpenAthens uses cookies to remember your device’s IP address. If you change web services – from Firefox to Chrome or Internet Explorer – you will be asked to login again. Additionally, if you change devices, like from a laptop to a mobile phone, you will be asked to login again.

What happens if I clear my cookies daily, weekly, or monthly?

You will be asked to login again.

What happens if I never clear my cookies or change my browser?

It depends on your browser, but generally, OpenAthens' temporary browser cookie expires every eight hours. After eight hours, you will be prompted to log in again. Also, if you clear your browser cookies or close your browser session, the cookies are lost and you will need to log in again.

My saved links or bookmarks to the Libraries' resources no longer work. What should I do?

The best solution is to create a new bookmark following these steps:

  1. Start from the Library.
  2. Search for and locate the saved or bookmarked resource in the library collection.
  3. Save a new link or bookmark using the permalink provided by the database or publisher website.
  4. If saving a link or creating a bookmark to one of the Libraries' databases, click on the Share icon to the right of the database title () and use the friendly URL.
  5. You can also use the OpenAthens Link Generator to create an OpenAthens link to the resource.

The site I am accessing doesn't load right or my browser presents an error message, what should I do?

Modern browsers store copies of viewed web pages in a cache so that, if requested again, these pages can be viewed more quickly. However, if a page does not load completely or correctly, your browser may store a corrupted version of the page that will be shown when you attempt to load the page again. Clearing a browser's cache will fix these problems, and should always be a first step when confronting page load errors. In some cases clearing a browser's history may also fix these problems. This website tells you how to do this for each browser on the market. 

picture of iphone w/ library website

Access Schwarz Health Sciences Library resources from off-campus using your computer, phone, or tablet. Watch this 3 minute video to learn more.