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Connecting from Off Campus

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Anyone may freely access our library catalogs, and most of the Library's web pages, from any computer with an Internet connection. The Library's home page is the best place to start.

Some premium electronic resources, such as journal article databases, are made available under special licenses with access restrictions. Your affiliation with UC Berkeley determines what resources you may access from off campus:


Current UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff
You may access any material on our site, including licensed resources.

  • If you connect to the Internet through the UC Berkeley network (in a campus office, dorm, etc. or via AirBears), you should be able to access all library resources.

  • If you are off campus, connecting through a commercial Internet Service Provider (such as Comcast cable, DSL, or EarthLink), you can get full access to library resources in either of two ways:

    »  Proxy Server:
    After you make a one-time change in your web browser settings, the proxy server will ask you to log in with a CalNet ID or Library PIN when you click on the link to a licensed resource. This is usually the most convenient method, but there are known problems for those connecting through a firewall or using AOL, Internet Explorer versions 4-6, some browsers on Macintosh computers, or older browsers in general. For more information, see the setup instructions, FAQ, and Troubleshooting pages.

    »  VPN (Virtual Private Network):
    After you install and run the VPN "client" software on your Windows computer, Mac, or iPad, you can log in with a CalNet ID to establish a secure connection with the campus network. Some resources that are not web-based require VPN for off-campus use: ARTstor (Macintosh only), JSTOR (Mac OS X), Luna Insight, the java client in UC Image Service, and the Connect function in EndNote.

    Current Lawrence Berkeley National Lab employees must use the LBNL VPN service.

    Important: VPN must be turned on before you access licensed library resources. Be sure to turn off VPN when you have finished using these resources. For more information, see our VPN FAQ.

Current Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory staff
You may access any material on our site, including resources licensed by LBNL and the UC Berkeley Library.

  • If you connect to the Internet through the LBNL network (in an office or lab at LBNL), you should be able to access all resources licensed by the UC Berkeley Library and LBNL.

  • If you are off campus or away from LBNL, and connect through a commercial Internet Service Provider (such as Comcast cable, DSL, or EarthLink), you can get full access to resources licensed by the UC Berkeley Library and LBNL in either of two ways:

  • »  Proxy Server
    If you are an LBNL employee who has a dual UCB appointment, you must use the Library Proxy Service.

    If you are soley an LBNL employee, please use the LBNL Proxy Service.

    »  VPN (Virtual Private Network)
    Current Lawrence Berkeley National Lab employees use the LBNL VPN service.

Others currently affiliated with UC Berkeley
Off-campus access to our licensed resources, using the Proxy Server method described above, is available to:

  • Continuing UC Berkeley students who, although unregistered, are in good standing and working towards a degree
  • UC Berkeley emeritus professors and retired staff
  • UCOP (University of California Office of the President) staff with valid UC Berkeley library cards
  • UC Extension students with valid UC Berkeley library cards (must be a California resident and apply for the card in person)
  • UC Extension faculty with valid UC Berkeley library cards (for details, contact the Privileges Desk)
  • Visiting scholars and post-doctoral fellows who are registered with the Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs office.


Persons not currently affiliated with UC Berkeley
Due to license restrictions, off-campus access is not available to:

  • alumni
  • former employees, domestic partners, or volunteers
  • persons unofficially or only loosely affiliated with UC Berkeley
  • associates of other University of California campuses
  • those who have purchased a UC Berkeley library card
  • the general public.

However, anyone may come into the library and use these resources through the "Research Access" option on our public computers.


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