About Licensed Resources

The UW-Madison Libraries website is openly accessible and presents a wide range of electronic resources. Many of these resources are purchased.

Purchased resources:

  • Require licenses
  • Have copyright restrictions
  • Are restricted to specific users, usually UW-Madison students, faculty and staff

You are a validated UW-Madison Libraries patron if you are in a campus library or using a computer on campus via a campus LAN (Local Area Network).

If you are currently affiliated with UW-Madison but using a different ISP (Internet Service Provider), or using DoIT’s WiscVPN, or accessing our resources from another university, you need to login via the remote proxy service.

Resources unavailable off-campus

Some library databases are only available to users on the campus LAN or in a specific library.  You can learn about the restrictions of different databases by viewing their records in the Database Library.