Off-Campus Access with Passkey

Use Passkey when you’re off-campus to connect to databases, journals, and e-books that would otherwise be restricted or hidden behind paywalls. Just drag the Passkey icon (below) to the top of your browser. Next time you hit a restricted website, click the Passkey icon. If we have a subscription to the resource you’re trying to access, you’ll then be prompted for your NetID.


Passkey bookmarklet

In Firefox, drag the icon to your bookmarks toolbar.

In Chrome or Microsoft Edge, drag the icon to the bookmarks toolbar (the toolbar needs to be visible).

In Internet Explorer*, right-click the icon, add to Favorites.

For the iPad: In Settings/Safari, select Always Show Bookmarks Bar. Bookmark any page and add it to the Bookmarks Bar. Now edit the bookmark. Name it whatever you want, and then paste in the following (including the semicolon at the end):


Or add the direct link to your bookmarks or favorites on your favorite browser:


Visit the Passkey library guide for more information about installing Passkey.

*Internet Explorer will no longer be supported as of June 2022; Microsoft recommends using Edge.

Using Passkey

Passkey allows you to access electronic resources when you’re not on campus. After installing Passkey, it will show up as a bookmark in your internet browser. To use it, just go to any website you’re trying to access, click the Passkey bookmarklet, and Passkey will “show” the website that you’re affiliated with Cornell.

For example:

Step 1. If you would like to use Web of Science while off campus, you would navigate to the Web of Science home page.

Step 2. Now you can use the Passkey bookmarklet to “show” Web of Science that you are affiliated with Cornell and gain access to it. Click on the Passkey bookmarklet that is either on your bookmark bar or in your bookmark folder.


Step 3. After clicking on the Passkey bookmarklet, you will be prompted to enter your NetID and password to verify your Cornell affiliation.

Step 4. Web of Science will now recognize you as a member of the current Cornell community, and you will have access to the site.

Web of Science displays Cornell University Library or Cornell University branding

Step 5. When you find an article you want, you can use the Get it! Cornell button to access the full text.

For more information on installing Passkey consult the Adding Passkey Library Guide.

There are some cases in which Passkey will not work properly. Here are a couple of reasons it might not work:

  • The resource is free and does not require authentication.
  • Cornell University Library does not subscribe to the resource. Please check the library catalog or ask a librarian for assistance. It is possible the resource is available elsewhere and we can help you find it!