The Springer 2024 eBooks are not yet available due to an ongoing issue with the publisher. We are working with them to resolve this matter.

Get access from anywhere

Current students, faculty, lecturers, post-​doctorates, visiting scholars and staff may connect to the library's online resources from anywhere.
Alumni have access to selected alumni electronic resources.

Connect to library's resources

Log in via Get access from anywhere proxy server. You'll be prompted to enter your login information; you can use one of the following log in options:

  • Log in with WatIAM: If you have a WatIAM username, you can log in with your WatIAM username and password. Students, faculty, staff, lecturers, post-doctorates, and visiting scholars will be able to use this option.
  • Log in with your library credentials: If you don't have a WatIAM username, you can log in with your last name and the 14-digit barcode number from your WatCard (for example, 21187000000000).

Click the Login button. You will know you are connected when you see "" in your URL.

Important: If you logged into the proxy from a shared or public computer, close the web browser after you finish. This will prevent non-legitimate use of these resources or services in your name.

Make persistent links to library's resources

To create a link to any resource licensed by the UWaterloo Library, use Make a Link to Licensed Resources form.

To create get-access-from-anywhere-friendly bookmarks, which preserve persistent URL information, right click on the hyperlink and select "Add to Favorites" (Internet Explorer) or "Bookmark This Link" (Netscape and Firefox).

Next time, you will be able to use these get-access-from-anywhere-friendly bookmarks without losing your connection.

Note: Due to the dynamic nature of some URLs, it may not be possible to successfully bookmark certain pages.


Most of recent 'Get access from anywhere' proxy server problem reports have been traced to browser caching. Please clear your browser cache and any autocomplete function before you try again.

If you still experience problems with logging in or accessing a resource, use the problem report form.