How to Map a Network Drive

In addition to the Group Directory (G: drive) and Home Directory (H: drive), you may have access to other shared network folders (also called drives) on a Library server.

A Step-By-Step Guide to Mapping A Drive

Access to H Drive, G Drive and the Library Web Server (Cooper) from off-campus

To access these services from off-campus your computer must be connected to the University of Illinois network through the CITES VPN.   Information on configuring the VPN connection are available here:  CITES VPN connection.  If you have problems, please contact the CITES Help Desk at (217) 244-7000 or (800) 531-2531.

System requirements for the VPN are Windows XP, 2003, Vista, or Windows 7. (Note: Windows 95, 98, and ME will not work.) 

Accessing a network drive from a PC

With Windows 7 click on Start > Computer > Map Network Drive

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 Depending on which network drive you wish to connect to, type in one of the following lines (only the text in bold):

  • Group directory (G: drive) \\libsys5.library.illinois.edu\ groupfiles
  • Home directory (H: drive) \\libsys5.library.illinois.edu\ username$
  • Library web server (Cooper) \\cooper.library.uiuc.edu\ deptwebshare

Please note: the username, and deptwebshare need to be replaced with your own specific information, and the $ sign must be added after your username if you are trying to connect to the home directory (H: drive).

You will be prompted for a username and password. Your username is your Active Directory account and in the format of UIUC\ username (for Cooper) or UOFI\ username (for G & H drives). Your password is your Active Directory password.

Accessing a network drive from a Mac

You can use the Mac's 'Connect to Server' function to access a network drive. Keeping your system up to date is very important since it may affect your access (you can do so by clicking "Software Update" from the menu or allowing updates when the system prompts you).  

To find "Connect to Server", with the Finder selected, click the Go menu and look at the bottom of the menu, "Connect to Server" is the last item on the list.

Click "Connect to Server" and a new window will open. Under the Server Address, depending which network drive you want to connect, enter one of the following:

  • H drive: smb://libsys5.library.illinois.edu/NetID$
  • G drive: smb://libsys5.library.illinois.edu/groupfiles
  • Cooper: smb://cooper.library.uiuc.edu/deptwebshare

Please note: the groupfiles  and   username need to be replaced with your own specific information, and the $ sign must be added after your username if you are trying to connect to the home directory (H: drive).

Click the Connect button and another window will pop-up to authenticate. 

    Under "Workgroup or Domain", enter: UOFI
    Under "Name", enter your NetID
       (When connecting to Cooper, enter "uiuc\ yourNetid" instead. Be sure to use the left-leaning slash "\", not the slash used for URLs.)
    Under "Password", enter your active directory password

Hit OK and the drive should show up on the desktop.