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Off-Campus Access to Library Resources and Services

Off-Campus Access Links

Articles, Journals, and Research Databases

Option 1: Access to the library's research databases and films on Kanopy is available via the Library's Database List.  Select the "off-campus link" found in each database's description.  Access is available to all SLU students, faculty, and staff.  Note that some database features may not be available using this option.

Option 2: Use the SLU VPN client with your SLU network ID and password to get access to all of the library's databases and journals.  (The VPN is not a good option for viewing films on Kanopy, as users may experience delays.)  

Option 3: SLU Windows Desktop allows users to connect to a virtual Windows desktop from any computer or tablet with a Web browser and Internet connection.  It is available to all SLU students, faculty, and staff. 


More than 250,000 ebooks are available through the SLU Libraries.  To search for ebooks, go to ODYsseus, and select eBooks as the Material Type. 

Reference & Research Support from Off-Campus

Our research consultation program connects you with a librarian on the reference staff who can give you more extensive one-on-one help with a research paper or project.  We are available via e-mail, phone, and video conference (via Zoom).  To make an appointment, contact:

If you have a question about accessing library resources remotely, please feel free to contact any of these librarians for help.  If it is a technical issue, you can submit an IT Problem Ticket.


Use your RefWorks credentials (St. Lawrence email address and password) just as you would on campus. 

Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan is now available for journal articles, which can be delivered electronically via ILLiad.  Requests for books and other physical materials can be submitted via ILLiad starting July 1.  There may be some delays due to library closures around the country.  For questions about ILL services, please contact

For Faculty:

Ordering Library Materials

The library staff are continuing to process orders for digital collections, including ebooks and films on Kanopy, and you can place those orders as you normally would.  Note that vendors usually take 3-5 days to fulfill an order.  Requests for print books and other physical materials can be submitted starting July 1.

To order a book or ebook, use the Item Request form. 


Kanopy is a streaming film service that includes over 30,000 documentaries and other educational films.  When you search Kanopy, the first films that come up are the ones that are currently available through the SLU library.  At the bottom of the screen you can find a section called "Videos you can request for your library."  If you see a film in that section you would like to assign for your class, contact Renee Dominie to place a request that the library purchase access to that film.  It takes 3-5 days for Kanopy to "unlock" a film.  (Note that the library cannot add new films to Kanopy; we can only purchase access to films that are already available through the service.)

Linking to Films from Sakai

If the library has a film available on Kanopy, you can add a link from Sakai.  Search for the film in Kanopy, click on the film, and look for the "Share" link, which you can then copy and paste into Sakai.  Students will be prompted to login to Kanopy using their SLU credentials.  

Films that the library has on DVD can be added to Ensemble, but this requires physical presence by IT staff so there will be some delay.  Go to the Ensemble Broadcast page to request that a film be uploaded.  Please allow at least two weeks.

Future Plans

The Owen D. Young and Launders Science Libraries will reopen on Monday, July 6.  Visit the Hours page for more information.