Most of the Library's electronic resources are available to registered students, faculty, and staff when away from campus, including while abroad. The Library offers two means of remote access, EZproxy and SRA. A select number of electronic resources are also available to Alumni.
The EZproxy service requires no configuration. It can be used directly from our Articles and Databases listings. Off-campus users will be asked to supply their Princeton netIDs and passwords when first attempting to access a resource that requires authentication. Resources in the listings marked "Princeton Only" do not work through EZproxy and are available only from designated Library workstations within our physical libraries.
Need help with EZproxy? Contact Library Support. If you are having problems with a specific resource please include the URL you are trying to access in your message.
Secure Remote Access (SRA)
The SRA service is managed by Princeton's Office of Information Technology (OIT) and requires installing and configuring software compatible with your computer's operating system. Instructions for Windows, OS X, Linux, and mobile devices are provided. Please note that SRA works for most, but not all, Library resources. Use the EZproxy service if you are using a public computer (hotel, public library, Internet cafe, etc).
Please note that Mac OSX versions 10.6.8 and older are incompatible with the SRA service. You will need to upgrade to OSX version 10.7 or later to use SRA. If you are unable to upgrade your machine at this time you can still use OIT's legacy VPN service for a limited amount of time.
Special note for OS X users: If you are able to establish a VPN connection but are still unable to access Library Resources, try the following:
- In System Preferences, choose Network
- Highlight VPN connection
- Click Advanced
- Under Options, check "Send all traffic over VPN connection"
- Under TCP/IP, set Configure IPv6 to Off (or, in Lion, choose "Link-local only" from the pull-down)