Off Campus Access


Access to online databases and electronic journals subscribed to by the Library is restricted to current Abu Dhabi University Faculty, Students and Staff members. Many of these electronic resources are now held off-campus on vendor servers/systems. Authentication to these vendor systems often relies on IP addresses or IP ranges which are registered as belonging to Abu Dhabi University . This means that users on-campus and coming from a campus IP address are allowed access to the database but those using computers with a different IP number are refused access.

We use OCLC WMS Authentication to facilitate off-campus access. It enables access to sites requiring IP authentication by serving as an on-campus intermediary and providing a valid IP address; passing information between off-campus users and restricted online resources. So it makes a request to the vendor system appear to come from on-campus.

OCLC WMS authenticates users as Abu Dhabi University Faculty, Student or Staff members by requiring a login, thus ensuring compliance with vendor restrictions.

For Faculty and Staff members, the login used is your ADU E-mail as user name and password.


Username: first name.last

Password: Password provided by ADU

For students the login used is your ADU student email and password.



Password: Password provided by ADU

For databases and electronic journals, you will only be required to authenticate against OCLC once when accessing resources from off-campus IP addresses.

OCLC does not require any configuration on your part. From wherever you are, just click on a link to an online library resource (eg. database, electronic journal) from our website.

You should be able to authenticate yourself using any standard browsers. Almost all databases are now available to remote users however there are still a few that are restricted to on campus use only by their license conditions, so these are not set up to go though the OCLC WMS server.

Enquiries related to access to the Library-subscribed electronic resources can be directed to the Library Reference Desk at: +971 2 5015 772 / +971 2 5015 773 or by contacting the Library on:

Get in touch

+971 2 5015773