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How do I connect to UVA library resources from off-Grounds?


Electronic databases for which the Library pays a fee to vendors are restricted to our primary users (UVA faculty, staff, and students). The databases have various licensing constraints; some are explicitly restricted to our primary users.

Electronic access is not permitted to other users from outside of the University of Virginia. Non-UVA researchers are able to access online resources from within UVA library buildings.

Below are the ways primary users can access resources from off-grounds.

Ways to Connect

Library Website

To use the proxy to connect from off-Grounds:

  1. You must access the licensed resource from a library web page. Start at either HSL or any UVA Library homepage.
  2. When prompted for Netbadge, log in with your UVA computing ID and your Netbadge password.

UVA Anywhere - VPN

VPN provides authorized users with secure, authenticated access to restricted resources, some of which are limited to on-Grounds use.

  1. Click here to view instructions on how to download the UVA Anywhere VPN.
  2. For help with installation, please call the ITS Help Desk at: 434-924-4357.


  • For additional technical help with Netbadge ot setting up a VPN, contact the UVA ITS Help Desk at 434-924-4357.
  • For help with specific resources that don't seem to be working with proxy, contact the Health Sciences Library at Ask Us .
  • Note to Health System VPN users: Many journals and databases cannot be accessed through the Health System VPN connection. Use the methods described above for full access to UVa Library resources from outside the University.

Non-Paid and Adjunct Faculty

Individuals who have an ongoing non-paid or adjunct appointment with the School of Medicine or the School of Nursing may request to have remote access to electronic resources. Access to licensed resources is always available at the Health Sciences Library.

Host departments for non-paid and adjunct faculty must complete several steps to enable remote access for these individuals:

  • Obtain approval for the appointment through their respective Dean's Office.
  • Confirm the appointment has been made and personnel information added to Oracle.
  • Contact ITS Accounts to request creation of a proxy account. In doing so, the department acknowledges that the individual requesting access has an official relationship with the University.

To create the account, send an email to to request that the individual be added to whois for remote access to library resources. The following must be included:

  • Full name of the individual requesting access
  • Whether the request is for an email account, a proxy account (to access library resources), or both
  • Faculty sponsor (if other than the department head)
  • A statement that the department ensures on the behalf of the individual that all use of the University's computing and electronic resources will be conducted in a responsible manner
  • Accounts will be valid for one year, beginning with the date of the request but not to exceed the appointment period. The account will have to be renewed by request from the department at the end of one year.

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