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Off-Campus Access to Library E-Resources

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Electronic Course Reserves
Electronic Course Reserves will also require you to use your SacLink username and password to access restricted electronic course material.
SacLink Dial-In Services
If you use the campus as your Internet Service Provider (ISP), you DO NOT need to use VPN or the Proxy Server. More information about SacLink (CSUS's ISP)
Virtual Private Network (VPN) Access
Installation, configuration and technical information as well as where to go for assistance.
If you are having difficulty logging in, please contact the Library Systems Office
Off-campus access is available to all current CSUS students, faculty, and staff to a wide variety of Library electronic resources. Connecting to electronic resources from off-campus requires authentication before access is allowed.

There are two methods of authentication: (1) Authenticated access through the Library's Proxy Server and (2) through the CSUS campus network. Both methods require a SacLink username and password. A SacLink Account can be created online or contact the University Help Desk (ARC bldg. room 2005) at (916) 278-7337 or for assistance.

  1. Go to the Library's Database page
  2. Click on one of the databases
  3. When prompted, enter your Saclink UserID and Password

  • CSUS students, staff and faculty who use SacLink Dial-In Services have full access to electronic resources offered by the Library. Connecting to the Internet through SacLink Dial-In Services provides authentication required for access to databases, e-journals, etc. No additional authentication is required.

  • CSUS students, staff and faculty who use a non-CSUS Internet Service Provider (ISP) can use the campus Virtual Private Network (VPN) to log into the campus network. VPN provides an easy alternative to the library's proxy service for accessing licensed resources provided by the library. To use the VPN, current CSUS students, faculty, and staff will need to install the VPN software on their computer, then login into the VPN whenever access to a database or electronic journal is needed. An active SacLink account is required for logging into the VPN. The VPN should work with a wide variety of Internet service providers (ISP) and browsers.

    Downloading and Installing the VPN Software
  • NOTE: If a resource vendor has changed its IP addresses without notifying the Library, access to resources at this particular vendor's sites may not work with VPN. If this happens to you, please disconnect from VPN, restart your browser, and try again. Please also inform us about the issue, so we can update the campus VPN configration.