Libraries

Off-Campus Password Access

WIU students, faculty, and staff connecting to the Internet through an off-campus Internet Service Provider (e.g., macomb.com, AOL) may gain password access to specific databases by using their 14-digit Library Identification number (i.e. 21711 plus their 9-digit University ID number).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my Library Identification Number?
Your 14-digit Library ID Number begins with the library's five-digit 21711 prefix and ends with your nine-digit University ID number which you were assigned when you enrolled at Western Illinois University (it is printed on the front of your campus ID card). The Registrar's Office assigns University ID numbers. Contact Library Access Services if you are enrolled at WIU, but your Library ID does not work.
Image of a WIU Student ID with the ID number and Library number circled with an arrow
Which e-journals can I access from off campus with my library identification number?
Virtually all of WIU's electronic journal subscriptions are available at remote locations with your WIU ID Number or WIU ECOM username/password. Consult the Periodicals Holdings List to locate available online journals.
Which databases can I access from off campus with my library identification number?
Virtually all library subscription databases are available at remote locations with your WIU ID Number or WIU ECOM username/password. Consult the alphabetical list of online databases for more information about specific databases (select the "Info" button beside each database).
After clicking a database link, I never see a login screen or I get an error message that says: "This identity certificate uses an unknown signature algorithm." What does this mean?
It is likely that you are using an outdated browser. Patrons using Macintosh versions of Internet Explorer may see this message if they are still using IE4.1 or 4.5. There was a "bug" in this earlier version of IE that did not handle 128-bit encryption and security certificates correctly. Patrons using Windows may have similar difficulties if using a Netscape browser older than 4.07.
Solution: Upgrade your browser (for free!) to at least Firefox 1.5+