Connect from Off Campus

Current UC Davis students, faculty, and employees may access our licensed resources from off campus.

The Harvest UC Davis Library catalog, Melvyl catalog, and free resources are open to all.

Due to growing issues with the Web VPN and compatibility with changes vendors make to their sites and methods of delivering electronic resources, UC Davis Library no longer recommends the use of the Web VPN. We encourage all patrons to switch to using the VPN Client.

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 or set up proxy server. Proxy service is needed. Continue reading.

Two options for connecting from off campus

1. VPN Client

Choose the VPN Client (Network Connect) if you:

  • Tend to use multiple windows and tabs in your browser
  • You often connect to PDFs which have URL links
  • You want to use the "Find Full Text" feature in EndNote
  • Use MyNCBI in PubMed
  • Rely on licensed resources not accessible via the Web VPN
  • Prefer uninterrupted access to licensed resources from your own computer
  • Prefer OS-level rather than browser-level access to licensed resources

The VPN Client (Network Connect) can be downloaded directly onto personal computers. It does not work with all operating systems. See the Known Issues FAQ.


You will need to download and install the VPN Client only once. After installation, make sure the client program is running before accessing licensed resources.

VPN app for Mobile Devices

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. You will have network access to resources such as online journals and books, and other licensed resources.

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.

2. Proxy Server

Choose the Proxy Server if you:

  • Are using an operating system or browser which is not supported by the Web VPN or VPN Client.
  • Use another VPN (probably work related) and it conflicts with the University Library's VPN. It is best to install a browser that you will only use with the proxy server.


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