How to Setup Barcode Access


Instructions on how to set up barcode access to ProQuest

You can configure ProQuest to permit remote users, such as library customers connecting from home, access using a barcode or other remote user ID. The settings ensure that your ProQuest links are protected from unauthorized use.

This remote access method validates the patron barcode on the basis of correct length, prefix and checkdigit calculation.

Note: The ProQuest Administrator Module is for authorized library institution personnel only. Please contact customer service if you do not have an account set up, or if you forgot your login information.
  1. Log into ProQuest Administrator Module at
  2. Click on Authentication / Access on the left side of the page.
  3. Click on the Barcode tab.
  4. Click Add Barcode Pattern.
  5. If you have set up more than one usage group, select the group you wish to set up authentication for from the drop-down list.
  6. In the Barcode Pattern area, enter the pattern to use when matching barcodes. The pattern can be from 5 to 50 characters in length. If you want to match a specific alphanumeric character (A-Z, or 0-9) enter that character. For example, to match a prefix, such as 12345, enter 12345. To match any alphanumeric character, enter the * character.
    Note: The prefix cannot contain the * character. If you are using a checkdigit, enter the checkdigit using the * character.
  7. Select the desired Checkdigit Method. To use multiple checkdigit methods, you can enter multiple barcode patterns.
  8. Click Add Pattern.
  9. Repeat steps 1 through 8 to add any additional barcode patterns.

Checkdigit methods
This section on the Add barcode pattern page lets you select how checkdigits are handled. Checkdigits are a form of error checking consisting of a single digit generated from the other digits in a barcode; this enables the detection of input errors. Select the option you want to use:
  • Codabar – there is no officially designated checkdigit, but many libraries use their own standard; see for more details.
  • Dynix - Prefix value is numeric and included in the checkdigit calculation.
  • DRA - Prefix value is alphanumeric and not included in the checkdigit calculation.
  • Mod10 – the simplest and most widely used form.
  • Mod11 – a weighted code.
  • None: Checkdigit calculation is not used.
Note: Both the Dynix and DRA checkdigit calculations are based on MOD10 checkdigit calculations.

If you don’t use pattern matching, you may then need to use our barcode look-up list option. For instructions on configuring access by barcode lookup, please click here.
It is advised that customers set up the ‘preferred redirect URL’ to go to the barcode page. This way you will only need a single link for both on-site users and off-site users. The ‘preferred redirect URL’ can be set up in the PAM, using the following instructions:
  1. Once you have set up barcode access, log into PAM with your administrator username and password
  2. Then click on the ‘Authentication/Access’ tab on the left hand side
  3. On the top right side of the screen, click on ‘Additional Authentication Options’

  4. Under the ‘Preferred Redirect Page for Remote/Manual Access’ click on ‘Edit remote user redirection’

  5. Select ‘Barcode login page’ from the drop down menu
  6. Click on ‘Save changes’