Off-Campus Access to E-Resources

Virtual Private Network (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. Enter the address and then 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. 

Multifactor Authentication (MFA)

In summer 2015 Yale ITS instituted an additional security layer for remote access to e-resources and all resources requiring a login to the Yale network. Remote access to library e-resources will require you to use both VPN and MFA.  

If you have not yet done so, register your device(s) with ITS for MFA use.

Full Instructions for MFA

Yale ITS support MFA and provides registration and instructions.

ITS Help


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 Library.

*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.

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Friday, March 13, 2020 - 7:41am