Frequently Asked Questions
I use VPN to access University resources from off campus. Why doesn't this work to access Library databases?
Current University of Minnesota-Twin Cities staff and students should be able to access all licensed library resources from home as long as you have:
* An active staff appointment, recorded in the University's Human Resources Management System (UM HRMS), a.k.a. PeopleSoft
* A current student registration, recorded in the Office of the Registrar's web registration system (including the Graduate School zero-credit registration)
Note that web browser "bookmarks" or "favorites" set on campus and then used from home may not work, since most of our database vendors restrict access to computer addresses located on-campus, but if you start from links on the Libraries' home page (http://www.lib.umn.edu) you should be able to access all resources that the Libraries license for University use.
As is the case with the modem pool, VPN software does not currently screen for library access entitlements as encoded in one's UM Internet account. As a result, UM alumni and holders of "sponsored accounts" can use most modem pool and VPN services; however, alumni and sponsored account holders are not able to be covered by the Libraries' e-resource licenses. To comply with these legally binding licenses (and thus ensure that campus access is not cut off by the database publishers due to breach of contract) the Libraries require off-campus users to log in via "proxy" links available on its home page.
For help connecting to library resources go to http://infopoint.lib.umn.edu/