Help with institutional access provides a modern dictionary experience with a user-friendly design, fast searching, accessibility across mobile platforms, and effective access and authentication. Subscribing institutions have access to one or more of our language subscripions.

Please read the notes below on access for your users. If you experience problems with your institutional subscription, please do contact us.

Important information for EZ Proxy users

Please note that if your access to Oxford Dictionaries is delivered using EZ Proxy you will need to update your proxy configuration. More information is available on our Help for Proxy Users page. 

Automatic authentication

If you are visiting the Oxford Dictionaries website from an institution that has a subscription you should be able to enter the site automatically, based on authentication of your IP address. IP authentication now takes place automatically on every page of the Oxford Dictionaries site. 

Institutional pricing and free trials

For information on pricing and to arrange an institutional trial, please follow the links below.

How to subscribe (Institutions in the UK, Europe, and ROW excluding Americas)

How to subscribe (Institutions in the Americas)

Logging in from a subscribing institution using Shibboleth/Athens access

If your institution uses Athens or Shibboleth to control access, please log in at the bottom right of the login page. If you encounter problems with this, please consult your system administrator or librarian.

If your institution is not listed on the Athens page, please contact us. Please note that this email addresses only deal with institutional access queries.

Logging in with a library card

Some public libraries allow remote access to websites to which they subscribe. Your librarian can tell you if that option is available to you. If your library does allow remote access, visit the login page and type in your library card number where it says ‘Log in with a library card’. If you encounter difficulties entering the site using your library card number, please consult your librarian.

Remote access

Remote or off-site access is available to all institutional subscribers at no additional cost. For further assistance setting up remote access, please contact us: 

UK and ROW

North and South America

Subscribing to the newsletter and Word of the Day with institutional access

Site users with IP authentication through an institution can set up personal subscriptions to our newsletter and/or Word of the Day emails by creating their own account. From this page, you will be able to create your own free account (or link up your Facebook or Google profile) from which you can manage subscriptions to the newsletter and Word of the Day.

To return to your Gold institutional subscription, and the accompanying resources, log out of this personal account. You will automatically be redirected to your Gold access.

Subscriber services

Visit our subscriber services page for help with usage statistics and to download MARC records.