The campus Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an alternative to the proxy server. You will need to download the VPN client software and install it on your computer.

Once you have downloaded, installed, and configured the client, you can sign in to the VPN and will be given a UCSB IP address for the duration of your VPN session.

You can then open a web browser and use any of our subscription electronic resources.

The VPN will also provide authentication for databases that require proprietary software to use. These software packages will not work with the proxy server. Examples of these software packages include SciFinder Scholar, databases that use the Insight Client software, and EndNote.

Set-Up Instructions

  • Download the client software.
  • Be sure to follow all the instructions for installation.  If you do not do it correctly, the VPN will not work.
  • Leave the client in "full-tunnel" mode, which is the default setting. Otherwise, it will not work with the library databases.

Each Time You Want Access to our Electronic Resources


  • Find the small “tunnel” icon in the upper-right corner of your screen.
  • Click on the Tunnelblick icon and select “Connect ucsb-vpn (Deployed).”
  • Sign in using your UCSB NetID and password.
  • If you have succesfully connected, the icon will turn light. Otherwise the icon will remain dark.


  • Open your VPN client software.  It is called OpenVPN GUI.
  • Sign in using your UCSB NetID and password.
  • When you have connected, a message will pop up and the OpenVPN icon will turn green.

Frequently Asked Questions (the Basics)