Connect from Off Campus

VPN Change Notice

As of June 13, 2016 — the web-vpn and proxy server will no longer be available. Follow the links below to update to the VPN Client (Pulse Secure).

If you are using What to do
Web-VPN Install the new VPN Client (Pulse Secure)
Proxy-Server Remove the proxy configuration and install the new VPN Client (Pulse Secure)
old client VPN No action required. Your client should automatically upgrade to the new version when you connect on or after June 13th.
Why did the library change to the Pulse Secure VPN Client?

The new VPN client improves access to many databases, and allows patrons to be connected through all browser windows.

VPN access is limited to current UC Davis faculty, students, and staff, and requires a valid UCD LoginID


A virtual private network (VPN) provides a secure method of accessing licensed web resources restricted to systems assigned a campus IP address. Using the VPN Client, current UC Davis students, faculty, and employees may access our licensed resources from off campus with their UCD LoginID. The Harvest UC Davis Library catalog, Melvyl catalog, and free resources are open to all and do not require use of the VPN.

Your computer does not have a campus network address, and you are not able to access licensed resources. If you are currently affiliated with UC Davis, follow the directions below to use the VPN client. Continue reading.

VPN Client for Desktops and Notebooks: Installation & Use

The VPN Client (Pulse Secure) needs to be downloaded and installed on your personal computer. You only need to do this once. You need administrator rights to install it, if you do not have them, contact your department IT staff. After installation, make sure the client program is running before accessing licensed resources.

The VPN Client (Pulse Secure) should work for the majority faculty, staff & students; but it may not work with all operating systems. See Questions & Known Issues.

Windows 7/8/10
Mac OS X

Once installed, launch the application and log in with your UCD LoginID

HELP! I've tried and it's not working. Submit a Technical Support Request


Linux is not officially supported by the UC Davis Library. Those using Linux may try the Pulse client for Linux. Information for it can be found on our FAQ.

VPN App for Mobile Devices: Installation & Use

Pulse Secure is a VPN app for Apple iOS and Android devices. Use Pulse Secure to log into the UC Davis network using either wifi or your telecommunication provider's services.

Pulse Secure is free. You may have network charges from your telecommunication provider, depending on your service plan. It may be downloaded from ITunes or from Android app providers.

Chrome OS

Once installed, launch the application and log in with your UCD LoginID

HELP! I've tried and it's not working. Submit a Technical Support Request

Connecting On Campus:

On-campus locations already have access to library resources. It should not be necessary to use the VPN or proxy server to access library resources from these locations:

  • Campus offices
  • Campus computer networks (including Open Access Labs)
  • Dormitories
  • UC Davis offices located off campus