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Remote Access

Not on campus? You can still access Miner's Resources

Electronic resources to which the library subscribes are governed by license agreements that restrict access to active University of Rochester Faculty, Staff, and students. 

The easiest way to access library resources from offsite is to connect through the Library website. The library's website provides seamless access to electronic resources through the Proxy Server. When you click a link to a database, article, e-book or e-journal  you will be prompted to log in to the proxy server with your URMC AD username and password, or NetID. After logging in, you will be directed automatically to the desired resource.

The three means of access are:

Proxy Server:  Remotely access online resources via our Proxy Server.   If you try to connect to a database, e-book, or other online resource and you are connecting from off campus the proxy server will automatically ask for your URMC AD Username and Password,  or NetID.

  • Advantage: No additional software needs to be installed on your computer.

VPN Server: Active Students, Faculty and Staff may use VPN to access library resources. When you are connected via the VPN Server, your computer will connect to resources as if you are on campus.

  • Advantages: VPN is the most complete solution and provides reliable, secure, encrypted access. Works with nearly all resources.
  • Disadvantage: More complicated.  Software needs to be installed on your computer.

 ISD's VPN Instructions URMC AD login is required.

Remote Desktop: Any URMC network user wanting to connect into a computer on the URMC network from a non-campus location.

For more information, see ISD Remote Desktop. URMC AD login is required.

  • Advantages: RD Gateway can provide secure remote access which does not require the VPN software.
  • Disadvantage: For remote desktop use only.

Help with Log-in


If you are unsure if you have an Active Directory account on the URMC domain, or don't remember the password, please contact URMC Information Systems Division (ISD) at (585) 275-3200 or email. If your department is not supported by ISD, please contact your department administrator for assistance.

Questions? Please contact the Computing Center Help Desk at (585) 275-6865 or email.