Off Campus Access

COVID-19 Update

During the COVID-19 outbreak, IT has made changes to support the increased traffic through our VPN. You will need to use the Proxy Server to access resources from off-campus even if you are connected to the VPN. If you are having problems connecting to a database, refer to our databases page to make sure you have the most up-to-date URL.

Library resources can be accessed off campus by students, faculty and staff by using the campus proxy server. Most of our databases and links in the catalog are automatically configured to use the proxy so you can access them when you're not on the main W&M campus. 

Using the Proxy Server

If you need to embed a link to a library resource in Blackboard, make sure the URL is prefixed with the address of the proxy server:

Having problems accessing materials off campus?

There are two methods of accessing library resources off campus. One uses our Proxy Server, and the other is a program you install on your home computer or laptop to use the campus' VPN (Virtual Private Network).

  • Proxy Server
    Make sure the link you're using has the proxy address in it - the URL should start with "". You may want to try accessing the database by using our list of databases and following the links there. Those links are formatted to include the proxy. If you continue to have problems, please contact us or email Learn more about the proxy server and why we use it in this guide.
  • VPN for faculty, students and staff
    William & Mary's Virtual Private Network (GlobalProtect) allows for secure remote access to William & Mary's technology resources.  It is now available to all W&M faculty, staff, and students. Instructions for installing and accessing the VPN can be found on the IT website.

Need to connect to your H drive or desktop from off campus?

W&M IT provides several services for accessing your desktop and network drives, including your H drive from off campus. 

  • For Faculty and Staff
    IT offers a Virtual Desktop for faculty and staff which allows you to allows you to log into a virtual desktop with a standard William & Mary computer image.  It's similar to logging in to a lab computer or classroom podium computer.  Network drives, Microsoft Office software, standard computer applications, and various browsers are all available through VDI. Instructions for accessing a virtual desktop can be found on the IT website.