How to access the library resources remotely

The digital resources of the library are restricted to INRS users only. These resources are easily available from our local networks through IP recognition[1] or from outside the network, by authorized members of the INRS.

Please note that we are currently in transition between two modes of authentication. If you only want to access online resources (journals and databases), follow the procedure below. But if you want to reserve a book, request scanning or other services through our new Sofia tool, at the moment you must request a specific account for this tool.

To access a resource (journals, databases) from outside INRS, there are many ways.

The Portal Way

  • Select the resource that you wish to access from the web site menus.
  • If you are outside the local network, you will be prompted to authenticate yourself.
  • Attention! These are not your usual INRS ID and password you use for email. They are SDIS (library) specific and can be obtained via the Registration page :
  • Pros: you will always know if we have access or not to a specific resource
  • Cons: it might prove a little cumbersome in some cases, like if you don’t know the exact title of the resource you are looking for.

The Parallel Way

  • If you’d rather navigate freely on the web, to your favorite journal or from a search result
  • Open the URL generator in a new parallel tab or window of your browser:
  • When you get to a restricted resource, copy the URL of this resource and paste it in the box of the URL Generator
  • Click on the bold blue link

  • Pros: easy to use
  • Cons: you will not know in advance if we have access or not to a resource until the proxy tells you so. Getting a link from the URL generator does not mean we have a licence to the content you want.

The bookmarklet way

  • A bookmarklet is like a button that you add to your bookmarks/favorites in any browser. Once on the webpage of a document that interests you, click this via EZProxy bookmark. It then uses JavaScript to dynamically rewrite URL of the page you are viewing and gives you access through the SDIS proxy at that URL. If you are already logged in, the page should show you the content you are looking for. If you are not, you will first be prompted to log in.
  • To install the bookmark via EZproxy, drag and drop the button below to your bookmarks menu. It is recommended to put via EZProxy somewhere clearly visible in your bookmarks so that it is easy to find while browsing the web. You can also edit and rename the bookmark.
  • Please note that via EZProxy will only work if you are on a restricted access page, and not on a page that is freely accessible, because the address of the freely accessible page does not appear in its directory of URL to be managed.
  • For the visual-minded, a short video of 16 seconds explaining the installation and use of the bookmarklet via EZProxy.
  • Pros: really easy to use and works on any browsers under PC. We did not test on the Apple side of things.
  • Cons: You won't be able to know in advance if your library has a licence for this document or not. If you get an error message (forbidden access, etc.), or if in doubt, consult the list of resources on the SDIS portal.

The VPN Way

  • The INRS allows its registered users to access its local network through a VPN. By logging in to the VPN, your home computer becomes virtually part of the local INRS network and your IP becomes one that is recognized as belonging to the INRS. You can thus access all eresources as if you were on campus.
  • Read the Installing FortiClient VPN page (in French only) for more info


Some (rare) publishers forbid the use of a proxy to access their content. Check out the AZ list on the portal to know more about it.

Some resources might be accessible only to users of a specific INRS center. These resources will be identified by the words "Accès réservé aux usagers du centre XYZ [Access restricted to users of the center XYZ]". The proxy will then give you the message "Vous n'avez pas le droit d'accéder à cette ressource” [You do not have the right to access this resource].

If you get an error message (in French) saying your number and password are invalid, it may be that your user account has expired. To find out, visit MonSDIS and try to connect to your user account. If it works, it's not your account that is the cause of the problem. To reactivate your account OR for help, please contact us at

If you get an error message (in English) asking you to contact the administrator, something is wrong with our system. Despite our efforts, it sometimes happens that errors may creep into the configuration of our management system. A message requesting you to contact the administrator is an indicator of this kind of bug. Please send us the contents of the error message and other information about the resources to We’ll correct it as soon as possible and let you know the result.

You can’t even reach the authentication page? Users from outside of the INRS are sometimes in specific workplace contexts (internships, partnerships, etc.) that place them under other stricter rules (firewalls, etc.) with different security policies.  Contact us for more information.

Still not working? Contact us with as many details as possible: the browser you use, its version, your operating systems, the article you wanted to access, the time of day, all error messages, etc. You may also tell us about the weather and your favorite food, although we do not really need this information.


[1] Every computer linked to the Internet has a unique number, the IP, somewhat like a phone number. It is through this number that the right of access is granted (or not) when one tries to get to a restricted resource behind a paywall available only to authorized subscribers.