Yale University Library


Off-Campus Access: Set Up Your Computer for VPN

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To use online resources that the Library licenses  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.

Yale ITS provides VPN for all Yale users who are off campus. There are three steps to using the VPN:

  1. Download and install the VPN client software, called AnyConnect. (You only do this part once.)
  2. Each time you want to use Yale resources, e.g.  library e-journals or databases, start the AnyConnect program.
  3. Login using your NetID and password in the AnyConnect window and click "connect."
Note that you must follow step 2 and 3 each time you wish to use library materials - even when you find them through Google Scholar or directly on a publisher's web site. To avoid being asked to pay for articles that the Library already licenses on your behalf, it's best to run AnyConnect VPN whenever you are doing research.

Setting Up:

Get full instructions from ITS, including web-install and download links.

Getting Help:

Get help from ITS. Yale College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students may also consult the Student Technology Collaborative's  Technology Troubleshooting Office located in the Bass Library.