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Open Athens and Resource Access

Remote Access

Remote access is offered only to the six institutions listed in this guide. Registered users from other Texas Medical Center (TMC) institutions have Walk-in Access to our full collection of resources. 

The TMC Library offers resource access in accordance with contractual agreements with various publishers. These contracts govern the Library's permissions regarding who may have access and how. Your level of access is determined by your institutional affiliation. 

For more information on which level of access your institution has, please check this page:‚Äč

What is Open Athens?

OpenAthens is a user authentication and e-resources access system that acts as your gateway to electronic resources licensed by The TMC Library. The user's right to access full text is validated on the resource side by using your institutional login.

The OpenAthens login option presents itself at resource provider sites. Once you’ve logged in with one site, you probably won’t need to log in again unless you’ve ended your browser session.

With OpenAthens, you can bookmark your favorite resources and use them from anywhere on the web you happen to be.

Baylor College of Medicine, UTHealth & MD Anderson


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BCM, UTHealth and MDA users do not need to register for OpenAthens; they will be recognized by their institutional email account.




Users from these institutions will need to complete a library registration form:

  • Houston Community College - Coleman College for Health Sciences
  • Prairie View A&M University College of Nursing
  • Texas Southern University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

First, get a library card number from The TMC Library to register for remote access. Within two days, your institution should verify your affiliation. OpenAthens then sends you an email with a link and an activation code to set up your individual login. The activation code expires after 10 days.