Off-Campus Access to UCSF Library Resources

Off-Campus Access

Access Privileges

  • Subscription contracts with journal and database publishers require the Library to restrict access to faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students of UCSF.
  • Most of the Library’s online resources are also available when away from campus, after authenticating as a member of UCSF.


EZproxy is the recommended way to get subscription Library content from off campus, since most people find it easier to use.

  • Requires only a web browser plus a MyAccess username and password 
  • No software or computer set-up required 
    Steps to use EZproxy
  • 1. Start on the Library website. 
  • 2. Click on a link to an article, database, ebook, etc. 
  • 3. When prompted, log in with MyAccess. 
  • 4. View all full text content to which UCSF Library subscribes. 
  • 5. No need to log in again, as long as you remain logged into MyAccess. 

Not starting from the Library website?

  • Use the EZproxy bookmarklet if you go directly to a journal rather than through the library's website
  • Go directly to a an article or ebook, then click the bookmarklet in your browser toolbar to reload the the page using EZproxy/MyAccess to gain access to UCSF subscribed content.
  • To install on your laptop or desktop, simply drag button or right click > Add to Favorites if using an older version of Internet Explorer.

Drag this button to your bookmarks toolbar →      Reload via EZproxy

NOTE: When going to another journal or source during the same session, you may need to click the bookmarklet again to trigger UCSF access, but you will only have to enter your MyAccess information that first time. 

Using an iPad or Android device?

The Steps to use EZproxy outlined above are the same. But, if you need to go directly to a journal rather than through the library's website, you might need the bookmarklet. Mobile installation takes a few more steps, but it's simple to use once you have it.

Problems Accessing a Journal or Database?

  1. The Library does not subscribe to this particular online journal or issue. Check the Library Catalog to determine holdings.
  2. The Library needs to adjust the EZproxy configuration for the resource you are trying to reach. Report the problem.
  3. You've gone straight to a journal's website from off campus, rather than going through the UCSF Library website. Install and use the bookmarklet to reload the page through EZproxy. 
  4. Your MyAccess login is invalid. Verify your account.

What About vpn@UCSF?

EZproxy does not replace vpn@UCSF as they serve different purposes. As part of the university IT infrastructure, VPN will continue to support a broad range of academic activities requiring remote connection.

EZproxy, on the other hand, is a service provided by the Library only for remote access to library-licensed content. If you happen to be using VPN Network Connect for another purpose (e.g. connecting to a remote UCSF computer or server) you might also have access to library subscription content, if you are authorized.


Need More Help?

  • Need help with EZproxy? Contact Library Support. If you are having problems with a specific resource please include the URL you are trying to access in your message. 
  • More detailed information about MyAccess is available from the UCSF IT website.
  • More detailed information about vpn@UCSF is available from the UCSF IT website. 
  • For help with vpn@UCSF, please contact the UCSF IT Service Desk. Submit a ticket online or call (415) 514-4100.