Answered By: Robert Sebek
Last Updated: Aug 28, 2017     Views: 1252

Some of the library's resources - databases, journals, ebooks, and selected Virginia Tech electronic theses and dissertations - are restricted to current Virginia Tech faculty, staff, and students.

When you are on the campus network (including wired and wireless networks on the Blacksburg campus, NCR campuses, the VTCRI, and select AREC sites), you have direct access to these resources via the library's web pages. Users outside the campus network must take the additional step of authenticating their university status.

You can either use Off Campus Sign In or the campus's VPN to access library resource remotely.

Off Campus Sign In

You are authenticated through a service called Off Campus Sign In that prompts you to enter a Virginia Tech PID and password, then your second factor for authentication. You'll get the prompt automatically when you use links to our resources from the library website.

Once you have authenticated, your browser will be redirected through an on-campus computer, making it appear you are on campus and thus part of the Virginia Tech community. There's no need to login in advance; as long as you use links on the library website, if a resource requires authentication, you'll see the usual login screen.

Remember, never enter your PID and password on a site. Third party sites, including library subscribed databases, ebooks, and ejournals, have absolutely no access to Virginia Tech's passwords; entering your password on these sites will just reveal your password to that third party. This is one way people unwittingly give others access to their passwords. Don't do it.

Virtual Private Network

Download the VPN software if you have not already done so. Then be sure to select the option to route all traffic through the VPN (and not just traffic to on-campus servers).