Connecting to Library Resources from Off-Campus - General Information

Connect Through the Library Website (Preferred Method)

Connect to your resources via EasySearch or on of our many search tools. These paths will send you through the “proxy server” and prompt you to login with your U of I NetID and password. Graduate students and University faculty and staff will also need to confirm their login in with a 2FA device.

VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Installing the campus VPN client will allow you to securely connect to databases from any off-campus location by routing your activity through the campus network. Once connected, this will let you operate in the same way you would if you were on campus. This method is especially useful if you’re using a lot of different resources, browser bookmarks, or links you find outside of the library domain (e.g., Google or Google Scholar). NOTE: Do not use the default “Split-Tunnel” profile, please select “Tunnel-All” for this to work.

Installing a VPN client will allow you to securely connect to databases from any off-campus location by routing your activity through the campus network. Once connected, this will let you operate in the same way you would if you were on campus. This method is especially useful if you’re using a lot of different resources, browser bookmarks, or links you find outside of the library domain (e.g., Google or Google Scholar).

  1. Follow instructions for VPN download and installation provided by campus Technology Services.
  2. Very important: make sure it’s set to “Tunnel All” (see VPN for accessing library materials for more information).

Proxy Bookmarklet Add-on for Web Browsers

If you find yourself on a subscription-based resource that doesn’t recognize that you are affiliated with the U of I and prompts you to pay for the article, you can click the proxy bookmarklet so that it will then prompt you to login as a U of I user then reload the page giving you full access.  See proxy bookmarklet for installation instructions.

Manually Add Proxy String to URL

This option just allows you to manually do what the proxy bookmarklet does for you automatically – just by editing your URL. This can be especially useful if you want to share a link to an electronic resource with other people (like on a syllabus or course site).

Just add https://proxy2.library.illinois.edu/login?url= to the beginning of the link,

(for example: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25432036 would become https://proxy2.library.illinois.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/25432036).

NOTE: if the electronic resource provides a “stable URL” or “permalink”  use this as your base URL instead of the address shown in your browser’s address bar.