OpenAthens for Remote Access

All about off-campus authentication using OpenAthens

OpenAthens Current Issues

Campus Multi-factor Authentication for Faculty and Staff

As part of an ongoing commitment to securing university data, multi-factor authentication (MFA) will be activated for faculty, staff and student employees starting March 18, 2020

Read more about getting MFA set up.  After you have configured your personal device for MFA, you will see a dialog box asking your to confirm your login by responding to a phone call, text,  or app when logging into UARK through OpenAthens.

Multi-factor challenge screen: enter the 6 digit code from your device

Multi-factor authentication login screen; approval needed on your personal phone or device


After successfully confirming your login you will be redirected to the desired library resource. 

In testing, we have found that MFA challenges appear in each new browser session or if you clear your browser cache.  ITS staff believe that these challenges will lessen after the first few weeks of implementation. 

We have also found that once connected through MFA to OpenAthens, you may also be authenticated automatically to Blackboard and other web-based campus services. 

Questions about multi-factor authentication?  Visit the ITS help page.

Welcome to OpenAthens!

OpenAthens is an identity and IP-based authentication system that provides access to our licensed online resources via single sign-on (SSO) technology. OpenAthens offers a more secure and reliable experience for our remote users, without the “proxy error,” “cache error.” “upstream error” and other annoyances that have proliferated in the last few years.

On-campus users will still navigate directly to resources without a login.

Off-campus users will see the familiar campus login page and will use their UARK email and password for access to resources.

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