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Access to Galter Library Online Resources


Why create an account on the Galter Library website?

Your Galter Library website account is your gateway to the services and online resources available to library users. Galter Library website accounts have the following benefits:

  • Access full-text journals and books from any location (aka remote or proxy access)
  • Register for library classes


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Eligibility to use online services at Galter Library

Full remote access to Galter's resources are available to the following groups:

  • currently-affiliated Feinberg School of Medicine faculty, staff, students, and residents
  • physicians and staff at NMH
  • Feinberg School of Medicine faculty at Northwestern Medicine (NM) locations* other than NMH

*Feinberg School of Medicine faculty and residents who work at Lurie Children's, Lake Forest Hospital, and other NM locations have online access privileges (i.e. remote access to online resources). Staff and physicians at these locations without an FSM faculty appointment do not.

Interlibrary loan and document delivery services are also available to these groups.

For a complete listing of access privileges, see this Access Privileges grid.

If you are not a member of one of these groups, but are still affiliated with Northwestern University, you may still be able to create an account on our website, but will not have access to resources that are licensed for only Feinberg School of Medicine affiliates. Please use the Northwestern library with which your school is affiliated to get access to services such as remote access and document delivery. If you think you should have access to online services at the Galter Library and you are unable to access or register for our services, please contact the Reference Desk at 312-503-8109.

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What about NU Students and Faculty not affiliated with FSM?

NU students and faculty who aren't affiliated with the Feinberg School of Medicine but have an interest in the health sciences are also welcome to create and use Galter library website accounts. However, they will not have access to resources restricted to Feinberg School of Medicine affiliates. 

SPS students should choose Schaffner Library when registering for Interlibrary Loan services.

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Do alumni have remote access to online library resources?

Alumni of the Feinberg School of Medicine are not eligible to create a library website account, but have access to some library services for a fee. The Galter Health Sciences Library is unable to provide alumni with remote access to licensed online journals, books or databases to which the library subscribes. Alumni are welcome to visit the library in person or use the library's Loansome Doc service to obtain journal articles for a fee. Please see the Alumni Guide for further information.

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I'm a nurse/staff member/physician at a Northwestern Medicine clinic. Can I use the online resources?

At this time, we can only provide remote access to online resources to the groups listed above. Nurses and staff at locations other than NMH cannot get online access.

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What you need to create an account

All users wishing to create a Galter Library online account should register with the librarian at their institution. See the list of affiliated hospital libraries to identify your contact.  The librarian at your institution will help you with your research and information needs as well as validate (or possibly help you obtain) a Northwestern NetID.

Once you have spoken with the librarian at your institution, use your Northwestern NetID and password to sign in to the Galter website.  Your account is created the first time you successfully sign in.

NetID help:

  • The library does not issue or maintain NetIDs and associated passwords.
  • Check to see if you have a NetID by searching in the NU Online Directory.
  • If you already have a NetID, but don't know your NetID password (because it's forgotten or expired), you can try to reset your NetID password online.
  • If the online option does not work for you, you can visit the NUIT Support Kiosk located in the WildCARD office in Abbott Hall. Here you can receive an activation code that you can use to log in to NU Validate and update a forgotten or expired NetID password.
  • If you cannot reset your NetID password online or are unable to visit the NUIT Support Kiosk, contact NUIT at 847-491-HELP.
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Get the Galter Proxy Button

Are you in the habit of forgetting to sign in to the library website before you begin your search? The Galter Proxy button is the solution for you!

The Galter Proxy Button is a bookmarklet you can drag to your browser toolbar. The Galter Proxy Button reloads a web page through the Galter Library proxy server. If you're at home and not yet signed in to the library website, you can quickly access a library-subscribed article by clicking on the Galter Proxy Button. After clicking on the button you'll be prompted to sign in to the Galter Library website. After signing in, the article will be reloaded through the Galter Library proxy server and you'll be able to read the full text.

Let's say you're doing research from home, using Google or some other web search engine, and stumble upon an article you want to read, only to find out that a subscription is required to view the full text.  If you hadn't started your research at the Galter Library website, you would have to sign in to the Galter Library website, locate the journal, and locate the article again. After installing the Galter Proxy Button the process is seamless. When you discover that article, just click on the Galter Proxy Button, sign in to the library website with your NetID/password and you will be redirected back to the article. If that journal is licensed by Galter Library or other Northwestern University Libraries, you'll be able to start reading it right away. Caveats of using the Galter Proxy button are that the library may not subscribe to the journal you are trying to proxy or the library may subscribe to the journal through a third-party vendor and you are trying to access the article directly from a link to the publisher website. In the latter case you may be able to access that article from the third party vendor found in GalterSearch.

For more information, see our guide which explains how to install the Galter Proxy Button.

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Updated: March 22nd, 2019 16:53