What is it?

OpenAthens® is a single sign-on authentication service that enables access for authorized users to subscription-based electronic resources both on and off campus.

How do I use it?

Screenshot of the OpenAthens "Choose how to sign in" window

If you have a Princeton Theological Seminary email address (this includes Alumni* and official Visiting Scholars), select "Please sign in with your seminary email" when prompted. Login with your email address (e.g. lib.web@ptsem.edu) and password, just like students, staff and faculty do when using Microsoft Office 365.

On-site visitors (e.g. users without a Princeton Theological Seminary email address*), select "Sign in with an OpenAthens account" when prompted. Guest credentials are on the desktop background of (and printed on the placard below) the computers on the Library Concourse (e.g. first floor between the Circulation Desk and Reference Desk).

If you are not sure where to begin, login to this database and then keep the browser open as you search and explore library resources. You will not need to login a second time. (See Notes below for more information)

*If alumni are visiting the library in person, they should log in as a visitor instead of logging in as they do from outside the library. Alumni interested in remote access to a selection of online resources may contact the IT Help Desk to get started. Contact information and more details are on the Alumni page.


  • Authentication via an OpenAthens session lasts for 8 hours.
  • Once you login to one subscription-based library resource via OpenAthens, you will not need to log in again to use others, unless you close your browser.
  • OpenAthens login is required for licensed content, even when inside the library, with the exception of a few resource platforms.
  • On many publisher/provider platforms, you can look for a login button, click it and use the "find your organization" box to search for Princeton Theological Seminary. After selecting Princeton Theological Seminary, follow the prompt to log in with your Princeton Seminary email and password. If you are asked to select a federation when logging in, please select OpenAthens Federation.
  • See also: Browser Extensions (below)

Browser Extensions

LibKey Nomad and Lean Library (free) browser extensions increase seamless access to valuable research.

On-Campus Only Resources

The following resources are only accessible from on campus due to the technical limitations of the providers' platforms:

  1. Dominicana (Washington, D.C.), https://www.dominicanajournal.org/
  2. International Philosophical Bibliography, https://pob.peeters-leuven.be/content.php?bib=IPBfull
  3. Lumen Vitae, https://www.cairn-int.info/journal-lumen-vitae.htm
  4. Peeters Publishers journals, including:
  5. Praxis Gemeindepädagogik, https://christenlehre.eva-leipzig.de/
  6. The World Today, https://www.chathamhouse.org/publications/the-world-today (2 months ago to present is available open access. While some additional content may also be available through JSTOR and ProQuest, the rest are only available on campus)