Connect from Off-Campus

Most of our e-journals, databases, and electronic reserve materials are restricted so that only current UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can use them off campus. Eligible users desiring off-campus access must configure their electronic devices by using one of the options below.

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

As of January 30, 2019, two-step login is required for faculty and staff VPN connections. Two-step login for student VPN connections is optional until October 16, 2019. Learn more about two-step login.

VPN AnyConnect (client)

VPN AnyConnect is the preferred way to access the Library's resources from off campus. However, you cannot use AnyConnect if you cannot load client software on your computer.

Be sure to select allthruucsd from the group drop-down menu while authenticating. (Faculty and staff will need to select 2-Step Secured - Allthruucsd). Problems? See our problem troubleshooting page for help.

Download VPN AnyConnect for:

VPN EasyConnect (web-based)

VPN EasyConnect does not require you to install any software on your computer. It is fast and simple to use, though there are some drawbacks:

  • EasyConnect does not work with the following resources:
    • ArtSTOR
    • SciFinder
    • Reaxys
  • Some database features may not work in the following:
    • ProQuest databases
    • PubMed
  • You cannot type URLs into your browser's address bar.
  • You cannot use bookmarks.

To use EasyConnect,

  1. Go to
  2. In the "GROUP" dropdown, select allthruucsd (unless you are already set up for 2-step, then use 2step-secured-allthruucsd)
  3. Enter your Active Directory (AD) username and password.
  4. Select EasyConnect from the Group drop-down menu, and click Sign On.
  5. You may have to repeat the process on the next screen. 
  6. You can now access resources by typing a URL in the address field, like

For more details on using the web VPN, see our Web VPN online guide.

A UC San Diego username and password is required to use VPN services. See Getting or Changing Your UC San Diego Password if you don't know your username or password.


For help with connecting from off-campus using the VPN, contact the ITS Service Desk.

For more information about using library resources, Ask a Librarian.