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Off Campus Access

How to ConnectClick on the Library Off Campus Access (Proxy) Button to login with your UC ID username and password. Once you login, you'll be returned to the main Library homepage and can begin your research.

  • Logging in with Proxy is now recommended, instead of the VPN. 

UC Access Only

How to ConnectFirefox or Chrome browsers are recommended

  • Go to 
  • Login using your UC ID username and password
  • Once logged in, click the link to UC Libraries
  • You will be sent to the libraries home page.
  • Once here you are now in the new VPN. DO NOT CLOSE THIS TAB OR PAGE

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Your username and password

For off-campus access login, accessing your library record, and Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad) request form you will need to enter your username and password. If you forgot your username use the Get My Username page. If you forgot your password use Password Self Service.

Troubleshooting tips

The troubleshooting tips below will assist you with some of the scenarios that can arise upon your first time accessing UC Library resources from off campus.

Common Problems With Library Off Campus Access (Proxy)


  • Minimum browser requirements: please use current versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer , Mozilla's Firefox, Google's Chrome, or Apple's Safari. Some students have found that problems with one browser are not present with another browser.


  • Cookies: Set your browser to accept cookies. Check your browser's Help file for instructions on how to modify your settings.
  • JavaScript: Set your browser to enable JavaScript.
  • Pop Up Blockers: Turn off.
  • After reconfiguring your computer, you may need to clear the cache (delete cookies), history, and temporary files.


When trying to access certain databases or online tools (Academic Search Complete, RefWorks, etc.) off-campus, your web browser may display one of the Security Certificate warnings shown below. This problem is caused by a discrepancy between the University's authentication system and the database's security system.

If you encounter one of the errors messages below, please do the following.

  • Click "Continue to this website" for Internet Explorer

IE 7 Security Certificate Warning

  • Click "Add an Exception" for Firefox

Firefox 3.0 Security Certificate Warning

  • Click "Advanced" and then "Proceed to" for Chrome

Chrome Security Error

  • "Continue" for Safari

Safari Security Certificate Warning

You can also download certificates for IE and Firefox. Please see instructions in the box below.


  • "Maximum users exceeded." A few of our databases only allow a limited number of simultaneous users at one time. If you get a message stating this and are blocked from access, wait a few minutes and try again.
  • Do NOT bookmark or set favorites for internal database pages, such as search results or specific articles, they will not work.
  • Call waiting may interfere with your connectivity when using your telephone service. You will need to disable call waiting or it may disconnect you from the database when a call comes in.


If you continue to have problems accessing any of the library's electronic resources, contact us. Please be as SPECIFIC as possible when reporting problems by email.

  • Which database were you trying to use?
  • What browser are you using? (example, Internet Explorer 5.5)
  • Was there an error message? What did it say?
  • What kind of operating system are you using? (example, Windows 7, Mac)
  • Did you follow any of the above recommendations to solve the problem?

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Download security certificates

If you are experiencing a certificate error, you can download the two most common certificates for Internet Explorer and Firefox.

To import these certificates to Firefox

  1. Extract the files from the .zip file to your desktop.
  2. Launch Firefox.
  3. Open the Tools menu and select Options.
  4. Select the Advanced icon followed by the Encryption tab.
  5. View Certificates.
  6. Under the Authorities tab, click Import.
  7. Navigate to the unzipped files.
  8. Select one file, click Open, then OK.

Repeat steps 3 through 8 for the remaining file.

To import these certificates to Internet Explorer

  1. Extract the files from the .zip file to your desktop.
  2. Launch Internet Explorer.
  3. Open the File menu and select Open.
  4. Click Browse and navigate to the unzipped files.
  5. Select one file, click Open, then OK.

Repeat steps 3 through 5 for the remaining file.

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