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Off-Campus Access Service

License agreements for most of the Library's electronic resources permit access from off-campus ONLY to currently-enrolled Brown University students, staff, and faculty. Brown users must log in with a Brown username and password before gaining access to these licensed resources. You must activate your account to obtain a Brown username. If you have forgotten your username or password, contact Computing Accounts by calling the CIS Help Desk at 863-HELP (863-4357) or send email to

Please direct questions about Off-Campus Access to:   Report an Eresources Problem

    There are currently two methods of off-campus access:

  1. EZProxy

    EZProxy allows users to access Library electronic resources from off-campus. There is no need to download software to log in as a Brown user. With EZProxy, each time you open a new browser session you will need to re-authenticate.

    For assistance with EZProxy, contact:

  2. Virtual Private Network (VPN)

    The VPN is another method that allows you to connect to Brown's network from any location. The SSL VPN F5 Big-IP Edge is available via a web browser by downloading and installing a client from

    The VPN is supported by CIS. For more information and instructions, see VPN Documentation. For assistance with the VPN, contact the CIS Help Desk: or 863-HELP (863-4357).