Off-Campus Access

Most, but not all, of the digital resources that the Library subscribes to are available from off campus for current students, faculty, and staff. None of the Libraries resources requires VPN for access.

Reciprocal, alumni, and visiting borrowers are not allowed to use subscription resources from off campus due to licensing restrictions but can use most of the resources by coming to the Libraries.

Some databases are freely available for all users.

The most critical aspect for success is to follow the links from the library homepage to the resources. Searching for a database or journal via Google, Bing, etc., will frequently not work for subscription resources.

Assuming that the browser is correctly configured and the associated programs installed, following the links from the library page should result in being presented with a login screen. If a login screen is not presented, the most common cause is not having cookies enabled/accepted.

Once the username and password have been accepted, you should have access. If there is no access, check the browser configuration below and check that your virus protection or other security software has not overruled the settings in the browser. If there is no success after checking the settings, contact a librarian for assistance.

Browsers supported

Chrome is recommended as the primary browser. Internet Explorer and Safari generally will work, though there are some resources that may not work as well with these browsers. It is recommended that users use the latest release of one of these browsers.

Browser Configuration

The most common problems encountered when using the library website and its resources are caused by excessively securing the browser so required functionality is eliminated.

Set up the browser following options:

  • JavaScript is enabled
  • Accept cookies (while it is possible to have the browser prompt the user if they want to accept a specific cookie, this is not the recommended setting and might lead to unexpected denial of service)
  • PopUP blockers are turned off
  • Recommended screen size is 1024 x 860 (800 x 600 is the minimum size)

Associated Programs

A number of associated programs might need to be installed to allow access to all the content:

  • Get Adobe Reader - Adobe Acrobat Reader - ver 10 + preferred
  • Get the Macromedia Flash Player -Adobe Flash