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Virtual Library Access: The physical library space is closed until further notice. Online library resources will continue to be available and MSOE librarians will be providing remote support. For more information view the Virtual Library Guide.

Off-Campus Access Alert: You may encounter errors when accessing library databases from off-campus. If you encounter an error, please try disconnecting from the GlobalProtect VPN. You can also try clearing the browser's cache or try accessing the resource using another browser. For more information view the Off-Campus Access Guide.

Virtual Library: Off-Campus Access

The Basics

Access electronic library resources from off-campus using your MSOE username and password.

Resources listed on the Library Research Site, LibGuides, and Summon are set up to work with the library proxy server via MSOE's Single Sign-On (SSO) system.

To access a protected database or resource from off-campus simply click on the direct link to the resource.


When you click on a direct link to a database from off campus, you will be prompted to sign in with your MSOE username and password. After you successfully input your MSOE username and password, you will be able to access the protected database.

The Details

The library's protected databases are remotely available to MSOE students and employees through the library's proxy server, EZproxy. EZproxy is set to work with MSOE's Single Sign-On (SSO) system. When you click on a protected link using a non-MSOE Internet Service Provider, you will be prompted to log into the proxy server via MSOE's SSO. Once you have successfully logged in, you will be able to access protected library resources.

Some Things to Note

GlobalProtect VPN
The library's proxy server will not work while using the GlobalProtect VPN. Be sure to disconnect from the VPN before accessing library resources.

Web Browsers
Web browsers save information from websites in their cache. This stored information can cause access issues and errors in website content display and formatting.  Clearing your browsing history, cache, and cookies can help fix these issues.

Here are instructions for completing this in some commonly used web browsers:

Please note clearing your browsing data may remove saved passwords, autofill data, and other information saved on websites.

Google Chrome
You may encounter an error when accessing databases and database content with Google Chrome. If you encounter an error, please try accessing the resource using another browser, such as Firefox or Internet Explorer.

The library's proxy server may not function properly while logged into MyMSOE. Be sure to log out of MyMSOE before accessing library resources.

Accessing Library Resources at the Workplace
One common access problem can occur when users try accessing library resources while using a workplace computer. Many workplaces maintain firewalls. A workplace firewall might allow you to log in to the proxy server via single sign-on, but the firewall typically will not allow you to retrieve data. In these cases, a connection will seem to “hang,” but in reality, the connection is being blocked. If this situation occurs when you try to access library resource, simply try again outside of the workplace

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