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Connect from Off-Campus

Most of our e-journals, e-books, databases, and electronic reserve materials are restricted so that only current UC San Diego faculty, staff, and students can use them off campus. To do this, you must configure your electronic device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer) to use the VPN AnyConnect.

VPN AnyConnect (Client-based)

VPN AnyConnect is the preferred way to access the Library's resources from off campus.  An Active Directory (AD) username and password is required to download and login to VPN AnyConnect. Note: you need to be able to install software on your device to install it.

Download VPN AnyConnect

Important Note

Select 2-Step Secured - Allthruucsd from the "Group" drop-down menu when authenticating.

Note: 2-Step login is required for faculty, staff, and student VPN connections.

Username & Password

A UC San Diego username and password is required to use VPN services. See the UC San Diego Active Directory (or AD) Password Change Tool if you don't know your password.


See our troubleshooting page for help.

Watch step-by-step instructions on how to install the VPN.


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.