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Switch to the new VPN

Switch to McGill's new, more secure VPN. As of November 12, 2014, the old VPN, inside.mcgill.ca has been deactivated. Find instructions for setting up the new VPN.

Due to strict licensing agreements with publishers, most electronic library resources such as databases, full text electronic journals and textbooks, as well as other online services are restricted to McGill students, faculty, staff or other authorized users of the McGill Library. For access available to retired faculty, please collections [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca (subject: Electronic%20resources%20access%20for%20retired%20faculty) (contact us).

Use of all electronic resources is governed by McGill University's Code of Conduct. Certain resources may be restricted by faculty, for example, Law, or by location, for example, on-campus.

On-campus access to resources

Library resources and services may be accessed on campus using computers located in the Library, in McGill computer labs or from any laptop or device connected to McGill's wireless network

Note: Due to licensing restrictions, some resources and services may require additional authentication both on and off campus. More »

Off-campus access to resources



EZproxy is a quick, easy, and convenient method to gain off-campus access to McGill Library subscription databases and other online resources.

Unlike the Virtual Private Network (VPN), it requires no prior computer or browser set-up. All you need to do is to login using your McGill username and password when prompted. You will be asked to login only once per browser session.

EZproxy will not replace the McGill VPN as they serve different purposes: VPN, as part of the university IT infrastructure, will continue to support a broad range of academic activities requiring remote authentication. EZproxy, on the other hand, is a service provided by the Library for remote access to library-licensed content.

See also: EZproxy FAQ

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

McGill's Virtual Private Network (VPN) service gives you access to Library resources from home or off-campus if you are accessing the Internet using a non-McGill Internet service provider (such as Videotron, Bell Sympatico, etc) or other wireless service.

The McGill IT web site provides instructions for setting up a VPN connection on different operating systems.

For IT help setting up your VPN connection, contact the ICS Service Desk.

Reminder: Although you only need to set-up the VPN connection once, you will need to re-connect to it whenever you want to access Library resources.

eduroam - Roaming Wireless Authentication Service

McGill University is a member of eduroam (EDUcation ROAMing), an authentication service allowing users from participating educational institutions to securely access the wireless network of any eduroam-enabled institution by using the same credentials they would use at their home institution.

If you are traveling to any of the educational institutions participating in eduroam, your McGill Username and McGill password will give you access to wireless Internet on those campuses.

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