The campus Virtual Private Network (VPN) is an alternative to the proxy server for off-campus access to the Library's electronic resources. You will need to download the VPN client software, install it on your computer, and set up for Duo Authentication. Note that the proxy server does not require special software or Duo authentication.
Once you have downloaded, installed, and configured the client, and registered for Duo Authentication, 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 the Insight Client software and EndNote desktop with connection files.
This service is managed by UCSB Campus IT.
- 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.
- What You Need - Requirements for setting up your VPN.
- Get Connected - Installation, usage, and removal instructions, plus VPN client download.
- As of August 2, will require Duo Authentication. See the links to instructions from UCSB campus IT below:
- VPN FAQs
Each Time You Want Access to our Electronic Resources
- Open your VPN client software.
- Sign in using your UCSB NetID and password.
- Once you have connected, you can open your browser and begin your research.
- NOTE: First time users should read the Installation and Usage Instructions for your computer type or device. If you do not follow these directions, the VPN will not work and you will be unable to access our subscription electronic resources.