Off-Campus Access

Most of our e-journals, databases, and electronic reserve materials are restricted so that only current UCSD faculty, staff, and students can use them off campus. Eligible users desiring off-campus access must configure their electronic devices by using one of the options below:

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN AnyConnect (client)

VPN AnyConnect is the preferred way to access the Library's resources from off campus. However, you cannot use AnyConnect if you cannot load client software on your computer.  Be sure to select allthruucsd from the group drop-down menu while authenticating.

Download VPN AnyConnect for:

VPN EasyConnect (web-based)

VPN EasyConnect does not require you to install any software on your computer. It is fast and simple to use, though there are some drawbacks:

  • EasyConnect does not work with the following resources:
    • ArtSTOR
    • SciFinder
    • Reaxys
  • Some database features may not work in the following:
    • ProQuest databases
    • PubMed
  • You cannot type URLs into your browser's address bar.
  • You cannot use bookmarks.

To use EasyConnect,

  1. Go to
  2. Enter your Active Directory (AD) username and password.
  3. Select EasyConnect from the Group drop-down menu, and click Sign On.

    You can now access resources by typing a URL in the address field, like

For more details on using the web VPN, see our Web VPN online guide.

Proxy Server

Campus ITS plans to discontinue the Proxy Server starting in July.  Accessing library resources is still possible using the VPN - it is available now so you can switch immediately to using it. Check out our online guide if you need instructions for finding and removing the proxy settings.  If you need instructions on setting up the VPN, please check out our page for VPN instructions.

The proxy server can be used for access to e-journals and web-based databases.

UCSD username and password are required for both options. See Getting or Changing Your UCSD Password if you don't know your username or password.


For more information about Remote Access, Ask a Librarian.