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Accessing MeL Databases remotely

All of the links on the main MeL Databases page new-window-icon.png are geo-IP URLs. When a user clicks on a link, it will check to see if the user is coming from Michigan (based on their IP address). If a user is seen as coming from Michigan, then they will be allowed to access the resource. If the user isn't seen as coming from Michigan, then (for all databases but ChiltonLibrary.com) the user will be directed to authenticate using a valid Michigan driver's license number or an official State of Michigan ID card number (available at any Secretary of State's office for Michigan residents who are non-drivers). Patrons of participating MeLCat libraries new-window-icon.png may enter their library barcode numbers. Libraries may also create library specific geo-IP URLs. Contact MeL Databases Support Staff for details. See below for information concerning ChiltonLibrary.com.

The contracts for each MeL Database vendor have different provisions regarding allowable remote access for library patrons. The following is a summary of what other forms of remote access libraries are permitted to make available for each database vendor. Contract guidelines restrict the use of passwords. Usernames and passwords may never be posted on any webpages, in newsletters, newspapers, etc. They may only be shared with individual patrons

For information on configuring your library's RPA system or for technical support, please contact the MeL Databases Support Staff. To register or report any addions or changes to your library's IP address, use the IP Reporting Form.

EBSCO

Libraries may offer remote access to EBSCO's databases if the library has its own remote patron authentication system that requires patrons to enter a patron ID to gain access to the databases. Patrons may also create their own accounts at the library, then log on to the EBSCO eBook collection remotely by using the EBSCO URLs listed on the direct URLs page.

Gale

Libraries may NOT give out their original Gale/InfoTrac password to patrons. Libraries that wish to provide a remote password for their patrons should contact the MeL Databases Support Staff to have a remote password set-up for their account. Libraries should not post the password on the web or in a newsletter or newspaper or other publication. Libraries may offer remote access to the Gale databases to their patrons if the library has its own remote patron authentication system which requires patrons to enter a patron ID to gain access to the databases.

ChiltonLibrary.com

The link for ChiltonLibrary.com on the main MeL Databases page new-window-icon.png is a geo-IP URL. When a user clicks on that link, it will check to see if the user is coming from Michigan (based on their IP address). If a user is seen as coming from Michigan, then they will be allowed to access the resource. If the user isn't seen as coming from Michigan, then Michigan residents will be able to fill out a form to request access.

LearningExpress, LLC

Libraries may offer remote access to LearningExpress Library if the library has its own remote patron authentication system that requires patrons to enter a patron ID to gain access to the databases or uses IP authentication. URLs with library specific authentication tokens are also available. Contact MeL Databases Support Staff for help. Patrons may also create their own accounts at the library, then log on to LearningExpress Library as a "returning user."

Scholastic

Libraries may offer remote access to the BookFlix for their patrons if the library has its own remote patron authentication system which requires patrons to enter a patron ID to gain access to the databases.

Turfgrass Information File

Libraries may offer remote access to TGIF if the library has its own remote patron authentication system that requires patrons to enter a patron ID to gain access to their databases.