Accessing library resources when on the VPN

Many of you have noticed that you can no longer access articles, ebooks, and other content the library subscribes to when on the VPN unless you begin at the library’s website.

This change in access results from a change made to Wesleyan’s VPN to accommodate the significant increase in VPN traffic while we are all working off-campus during the pandemic.

The VPN is not required when accessing library resources from off-campus.

To access library resources from off-campus — even if you are connected to VPN — you should begin at the library website, OneSearch, or Databases A-Z list in order to ensure that you will get full access to the resource.

If you forget to start from the library and find yourself at a journal or database that is denying you access to the content there are a couple of workarounds you can use instead of starting over. These will only work to access resources the library subscribes to.

The simplest solution is to install the LibKey Nomad browser extension which will work for accessing most of our journal content. See this post for instructions.

Slightly more technical is to add our proxy server address to the front of the URL you are accessing.  For example, if you are at the Taylor and Francis site and the URL is , add before the vendor’s URL. This will force it to go through the library’s proxy server to authenticate you first. In this example the resulting URL would be:

If you are still having problems accessing our online resources, please use Report a Problem with a Library Resource so we can help you (that’s available under Contact Us on the library website).