OpenAthens for Remote Access

All about off-campus authentication using OpenAthens

OpenAthens, Your Privacy, and Data Secutiry

What OpenAthens Collects

In order to authenticate you to specific resources (databases, e-journals, and ebooks) OpenAthens collects your name, email address, and department  when you sign in to the system.

This information is generally not passed on to vendors.  Instead, OpenAthens passes a system-generated numeric ID to resource providers.


  • Specific vendors, including HathiTrust, OneSearch, and Knovel need your email address to establish an account. 
  • If you wish to opt in to special account features, you may with to affiliate your OpenAthens account with your name and other personal information.  See Personalization for more informaiton. 

What the Libraries Use

The Libraries use the aggregate data concerning

  • resources (databases and publisher platforms) accessed
  • user departments or majors
  • user Internet providers and network locations

The Libraries will not share this data with vendors.


OpenAthens connects with UARK's central directory to ensure that the familiar UARK username and password remain the one set of login credentials to access licensed online resources.

Read more about OpenAthens, Data Security, and User Privacy on the Ebsco support site.

Read more about the University of Arkansas Privacy Policy.