Using the Library Off-Campus

Accessing electronic resources off-campus 

PUL recommends accessing electronic resources (databases, eBooks, eJournals, etc.) off-campus via the links on the Library’s website, by searching the websitecatalogArticles+the A-Z Resources ListResearch Guides, etc. These links are configured to provide authorized users with access even while off-campus. Users will be required to enter their University NetID and password to authenticate and gain access to electronic resources.

Additional tools for accessing electronic resources

The Library offers additional tools for accessing electronic resources. Click HERE for details. 

SonicWall VPN

The SonicWall VPN is available to provide off-campus access to e-resources that are unavailable without a VPN (e.g. MBC Archive and SnapGene). Click HERE for more information.

GlobalProtect VPN

The GlobalProtect VPN does not allow access to PUL electronic resources, except for data files hosted on local servers provided by Data and Statistical Services (DSS). GlobalProtect can be used to access DSS data files. 

The majority of the Library's electronic resources (databases, eBooks, eJournals, streaming media, etc.) are available to registered students, faculty, and staff when away from campus, including while abroad. If you have questions about access to specific electronic resources, or have issues with off-campus access, please email

How do I access data files hosted on Princeton University servers?

To access data files hosted on Princeton University servers (DSS, GIS, etc.), you first need to connect to the GlobalProtect VPN (Virtual Private Network). Instructions can be found here: After you have connected to GlobalProtect, you will then be able to access data files via the links on the Library’s website.

Alumni Access to Electronic Resources

A limited number of the Library’s electronic resources are available to alumni. Please review the options listed on our Alumni Access page.