Off-Campus Access to UCSF Library Resources
- 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
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?
- The Library does not subscribe to this particular online journal or issue. Check the Library Catalog to determine holdings.
- The Library needs to adjust the EZproxy configuration for the resource you are trying to reach. Report the problem.
- You've gone straight to a journal's website from off campus, rather than going through the UCSF Library website. Be sure you start on the Library website , or use the UCSFLib bookmarklet to reload the page through EZproxy.
- 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.
Review some Frequenty Asked Questions.
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.