How do I access the Library electronic resources?
  • Off-campus*

From outside University of Nicosia premises, you can use either the OpenAthens based authentication system or the Proxy based authentication (more instructions can be found at OpenAthens Authentication and Proxy Server Authentication sections - menu on the left).

*[This service is only available for currently enrolled/ employed University/ Intercollege students and staff]

  • On-campus

From University of Nicosia premises, access is open for all through the Library website and no passwords are required. 

How do I gain access using my UNic email credentials?

The new OpenAthens based authentication system enables active UNic members to gain off-campus access to e-resourses using their Office 365 (UNic email) username and password:

  1. Select an e-resource and click on its title (for available e-resources see Electronic Resources & Tools section – menu on the left)

(e.g. Library home page > eBooks > EBSCO eBook Collection)

  1. You will be directed to the OpenAthens authentication page
  2. Select your status (UNic Students or UNIC Faculty & Staff)

OpenAthens authentication page

  1. Sign in with your Office 365 (UNic email) username and password

Office 365 username

Office 365 password


*If you enabled multi-factor authentication you will be prompted for an Authentication code

multi-factor authentication


  1. You will be re-directed to the resource home page. Most e-resources provide a small UNIC logo or text (e.g. Access provided by UNic…) on the page, which indicates that you have successfully gained access and all features are available.

UNIC logo or text


*Important Note: Some e-resources are excluded from OpenAthens authenication. You can gain access to them using Proxy Server Authentication (see menu on the left) or personalized credentials, as indicated by UNic Library.


Your Office 365 subscription (UNic email)

University of Nicosia provides Office 365 Pro subscription to all enrolled students. Office 365 Pro gives you access to online office applications i.e. (Word, Excel, etc.), an e-Mail address that can be accessed either through Outlook Online, or by using Outlook, or any other e-mail application, in addition to several collaboration tools that you might need during your studies.


Your account will be provided during your first registration. You can find your account name (email address) from the Student Intranet:

  1. Log in to the Student Intranet.
  2. Click the ‘My Data’ tab
  3. Scroll page down until you see your email address on the right of ‘My Live Id’ field (i.e.


Your Office 365 account is provisioned using the same password as your Student Intranet password:

  1. Ground program students receive their password during registration in person
  2. Distance Learning program students receive their password by e-mail included in the general instructions


If you forgot your username/password, you can contact the UNic Computer Center (+357 22 367000,

How do I connect with the University’s proxy server to gain access remotely?

If you have an active Library account (Join the Library), you can connect with the University’s proxy server to gain access remotely*.

*[This service is only available for currently enrolled/ employed University/ Intercollege students and staff]

To access e-resources remotely you need to connect with the University proxy server. Choose the browser or device you use from the list below and follow the instructions to change your proxy settings and gain access.


Change proxy settings on your computer:

·         Mozilla Firefox  

·         Google Chrome 

·         Microsoft Edge 

·         Mac browsers

Change proxy settings on your tablet/ smartphone:

·         iOS devices

·        Android devices

Library electronic resources and tools


When you set up your browser and your proxy codes are approved (see Off Campus Access section), you will be able to access all of the Library’s electronic resources (without need for extra passwords). The available electronic resources and tools can be found below:


Discovery service for searching simultaneously most of the Library resources, both electronic and print. (The search box found on the top of the Library home page)

E-book collections from various vendors/publishers.

E-journal collections from various publishers.

Specialised collections of sources (e.g. journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters etc.) focusing on a certain subject area. Organised alphabetically and by subject.

Reference management tool that allows you to compile, edit and format bibliographies.