Before you can begin your Library research, you must first ensure you have completed the required access set-up.

Obtain Your Library Card and Network Access

All Acadia students registered in Distance Education courses or programs receive an Acadia ID card through Open Acadia or Acadia Divinity College and are also set up with a computer account as well as a username and a password for the Acadia network.

Once these are in place you have the "keys" you need to access Library resources and services. The Acadia ID card functions as a Library card and the network account allows you to identify yourself as an Acadia student through the VPN client when off-campus.

Establishing your Acadia status is important because only current Acadia students, faculty and staff are eligible to access licensed electronic resources.

Access Acadia's Electronic Resources from Off-Campus

While accessing licensed resources from the library website when you are not on campus, you will be redirected to our EZproxy server where you'll be asked to log in with your Acadia network username and password. You can then search and view resources without encountering any paywalls.

It's a good idea to hit the "Home" button on your browser or close your browser when you've finished using the licensed resources. That way you're not using the proxy server when you don't need to.

Obtain a CAUL Card for On-Site Privileges at Other Canadian University Libraries (Optional)

If you are registered in a course at Acadia but would prefer to borrow from another university library, we can help! You must first obtain a CAUL (Council of Atlantic University Libraries) card from the Vaughan to use along with your Acadia ID. Once you have this, you can borrow from most Canadian university libraries when you visit in person. Contact us at for further information.