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Laptop user accessing Library databases from off campus

The Kathryn A. Martin Library offers a large number of online research databases, some of which have licensing restricted to current UMD students, faculty, and staff. Electronic documents placed on Course Reserves are also restricted. To use resources that require you to be on a UMD IP address, select one of the options below.

Option 1. The UMD EZproxy Server

When you use the Library's licensed databases, the EZproxy server will detect that you are not in the library and will serve you the standard University of Minnesota sign-in screen. Enter your UMD Internet ID and password to gain access.

Important: Many database providers have their own login screens. If the screen is not branded University of Minnesota, do not enter password information.

Option 2. Virtual Private Network (VPN) Connection to UMD

If the EZproxy option doesn't work, try option 2. You can connect securely to University resources from a non-UMD connection (such as cable, DSL, or a wifi hot spot) by using VPN (Virtual Private Network). UMD's VPN service makes your computer seems as though it is directly attached to the UMD network, giving you the same security and direct access to restricted resources that you have while on campus. It encrypts and routes your Internet communications through UMD. Here are instructions for installing VPN.

If you have trouble getting VPN to work, turn off Internet Connection Sharing (ICS). Once VPN is installed, you can switch it on or off as needed. For further help, contact the ITSS Tech Center Help Desk at 218-726-8847.

More Information about Connecting from Off Campus:


If you are connecting from off-campus, your firewall may prevent access to the library's databases. It may relate to the ports your computer allows access to. If you are at a workplace, check with your computer security personnel to see whether some ports may have been restricted. Otherwise, check your own firewall software - it should have settings where you can open and close specific ports. Keep in mind that routers may also have a built-in firewall, so you may have to consult your router's instructions as well.

To use library databases or the library catalog, allow outbound traffic on port 2443 for If this doesn't solve the problem, you can also try opening port 2048.


If you are a current UMD student, staff, or faculty member who is off-campus, you can access library databases via an intermediary EZProxy login screen. If the computer you are using off-campus is also running a proxy server, it can interfere with the library's proxy server. If you have trouble connecting to library databases, first verify that you can connect to the library's proxy server. Go to and enter your UMD x.500 user name and password. If you see "invalid user name or password," please contact or call 218-726-6120 for assistance.

If you get "page cannot be displayed" and you are at at a place other than UMD, please consult your network administrator. If the appropriate ports have been opened in the organization's firewall, there may be a competing proxy server in use at your site. The network staff will have to help you select the right settings so the two proxy servers are not in conflict with each other.

How to Access a Library Link When You Are Off Campus

The library may own a resource, but still deny access. For some reason, the necessary EZProxy prefix might be missing. Just add the EZProxy prefix to the front of the resource's URL to gain access.

Paste this in front:

The result might look something like this:

Graduate Students Not Currently Enrolled

No access to library resources? If you are not currently enrolled, contact your department about enrolling in GRAD 0999 - Graduate School Active Status. Fees still apply, but not tuition. This will grant access to the library resources.