Proxy Server Bookmarklet

These instructions are for setting up the proxy bookmarklet for your desktop or laptop computer.
Please see the
Proxy Bookmarket for iPhone and iPad page for instructions for instructions for the iPhone and iPad

What it Does

The proxy bookmarklet lets you reload a web page through the U-M Library's proxy server. If the page you are visiting is one that the library has a subscription for, and you're presently off-campus, then you should get you immediate access to the resource once you've logged in with your uniqname and UMICH password and have been verified to have a valid library account. 

Video Demonstration

How Do You Add It?

There's a different method for different browsers:

Google Chrome

Right-click on the following link, then select "Copy Link Address":
Reload in U-M Library Proxy Server

Go to "Bookmark Manager" under the Bookmarks menu.

Navigate to the place you want to create this bookmark (the Bookmarks Bar, or elsewhere).

Click the vertical three dot icon to the right of the Bookmark search box (normally on a blue background) and select "Add New Bookmark"

Give the Bookmark a name (for example, "U-M Library Proxy Bookmarklet") and paste in the URL you copied in the first step in the URL field.

Click "Save".


Note: In the latest version of the Mac OS (Yosemite), the Favorites bar is hidden by default. If you do not see the Favorites bar just below the URL, above the web page content, go to the View menu in Safari and select "Show Favorites Bar."

Drag this link to your Favorites toolbar:
Reload in U-M Library Proxy Server


Right-click on the following link, then select the "Bookmark This Link" option:
Reload in U-M Library Proxy Server

Internet Explorer

Right-click on this link
Reload in U-M Library Proxy Server

Select the "Add to Favorites..." option. You may be warned that you are adding a link which may be unsafe. While some links like this may be unsafe, we believe this one is safe. You can click whichever option is required to continue.

iPhone and iPad

Please see the iPhone and iPad instructions.

Once you've added this bookmark to your web browser, selecting it will attempt to reload your current page through the the MLibrary Proxy Server. If it's a resource that your University of Michigan affiliation gets you access, you'll pass through a login screen and be granted access to it. Otherwise, you'll get the same page you started with.

About University of Michigan Library Labs

This is a trial service from the University of Michigan Libraries. As an experimental service, it may behave unexpectedly. We want you to try it out and -- most important -- let us know what you think by sending an email to

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Last modified: 01/10/2019