Answered By: Caltech Research Librarians
Last Updated: Mar 01, 2016     Views: 508

Current Caltech faculty, students and staff can access all of our journals, ebooks and databases from off-campus. 

You have several different access options:

  1. Proxied Links:
    • Links on the library webpages, including those in the library catalog and those found on the Find E-Journals page are proxied. When click on a link for the first time you'll be prompted for your access.caltech username and password.
  2. VPN
    • Sign up for a VPN account and download VPN software from IMSS's VPN page.
    • You must use the "Caltech-Tunnel All" option.
    • VPN will slow down connections to all web sites.  For most library resources, proxied links are the preferred method.
  3. Caltech Library Proxy bookmarklet
    • The Caltech Library Proxy bookmarklet lets you easily reload the current page via the library proxy to see if we have access. Works with any browser, though not for all publishers.
  4. Shibboleth
    • Some publishers provide access through Shibboleth. Look for California Institute of Technology as the institution name.
  5. LibX
    • LibX is a browser plugin that can be used to apply the proxy to the current webpage.  The proxy bookmarklet is a better choice for most people who only want off-campus access.