Off-Campus Access to E-Resources: VPN

To use licensed e-resources (e.g. e-journals such as JAMA, or databases such as ArtSTOR) you need to be identified as a Yale University Library patron*. You do this by making sure your computer appears to be on the Yale network. This is easy when you are on campus using your laptop - just connect to the YaleSecure wireless network. When you are off campus, you will use Virtual Private Network (VPN) to put your laptop or desktop computer back on the Yale network.

Three Steps to Use VPN

  1. Download and install the free VPN software (AnyConnect) from the Yale Software Library. You do this once.
  2. Start AnyConnect each time you wish to use Yale resources.
  3. Click Connect in the AnyConnect window. Then log in using your netID and netID password.

Follow steps 2 and 3 each time you use library materials, even when you find them through Google Scholar or directly on a publisher's web site. 

Full Instructions

Get detailed VPN instructions from ITS.

Help is Available


A good first step in troubleshooting access is to check if you are on the Yale network. If not, you should try VPN. If you are on the network and cannot access a resource, send a report to Ask Yale.

*Only currently-enrolled Yale students, faculty and staff are eligible for remote access to online resources. Others will need to come to a library to use online resources. Many public libraries offer remote access to online resources for the general public.