Access to documents: Universal URLs can lead to you being asked which ebrary site to use

ebrary URL's attempt to redirect the user to the ebrary site stored in their browser's ebrary cookie.If you are offered access to several ebrary sites, including yours:

You just need to select your institution from the ones listed; you will only need to do this once

If you're only offered access to ebrary's TitlePreview site:

ebrary's bookshelf URLs don't indicate a particular ebrary site (so that they can be shared and opened by users at different ebrary sites).  If you are using a bookshelf URL, and you haven't opened your ebrary site in the browser you're using (or you've cleared your browser's cookies since then), you'll need to open your ebrary site in the browser first, THEN paste the URL into a new browser tab.

The reason ebrary uses Universal URLs:

ebrary URLs are in the format http://site.ebrary.com/lib/xxxxxwhere xxxxx is your ebrary site name (often same as domain name)

For users who only visit one ebrary site, behavior is unaffected.  All users from UNIVERSITY A when accessing will be passed through automatically and a cookie will record them as having access to UNIVERSITY A.  Here is where the feature comes into play.  ebrary URLs are in catalogs all over the internet and our links are indexed in numerous places.

For example, lets say a student from UNIVERSITY A is browsing the web and comes across the following URL on UNIVERSITY B's catalog.

http://site.ebrary.com/lib/universityb/docDetail.action?docID=1234567

While the user will not have access to UNIVERSITY B's ebrary site, the system will check the ebrary sites that the user has had access to and then check to see if the document is available there.  So if the student were to click on the above link, the new URL redirect system should recognize that the students has access to UNIVERSITY A's ebrary site and that the document is available there and automatically redirect correctly.  Before, the student would have simply gotten an unauthorized access message from the UNIVERSITY B ebrary site.