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What is OpenAthens?

OpenAthens is a single sign-on (SSO) authentication system that allows you to access PBSC's electronic library resources anywhere. While you can still sign on via Canvas or Workday, this will replace the previous login system of a borrower ID and pin for services such as databases, electronic journals, and e-books. 

Once you authenticate (log in) via OpenAthens, your session will stay active for up to 8 hours, or until you clear your browser cache and cookies, or switch browsers. The authentication process can vary with resources. 

Please note, almost all resources have migrated to OpenAthens. Permalinks and bookmarks linking to databases, eBooks, and articles need to be updated to avoid broken links. These may be located in your syllabus, courses, or personal collections.

If you need assistance updating these links, please contact:

OpenAthens Login

Accessing online resources via A-Z Databases (library websites)

After choosing a resource, you will be prompted to log in with your Panther ID and password.


Accessing online resources directly from content provider websites 

You can access the library's subscribed content directly from content provider websites. This can be done through Google, Google Scholar, or an OpenAthens enabled site. Providers vary, but find the OpenAthens prompt (Institutional Access) and then Find your organization.  


Example: Sage Publications - notice the option for Institutional Access, choose Open Athens
Under Find your organisation, type in Palm Beach State College


Example: Elsevier Login - Type in name of school


Confirming Access

Look for Signed in as Palm Beach State College, or a notification similar to the images below:

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Guest Access

Guest, community user, and other limited access is on-campus only and must be granted at the desk for temporary access. Once obtained, use your guest credentials to log in here: