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Using the Libraries

Connecting from off-campus

Accessing databases and subscriptions

Access subscription databases and ereserves from off campus through the proxy server. Log in using your Vassar email name and password. If you have problems, email proxysupport@vassar.edu. Once you log in successfully, you will be taken to the Libraries' home page. If you are already on campus, you'll simply be taken to the Libraries' home page.

Please note: only current faculty, students, and staff may access licensed resources.

Problems connecting to our resources?

If you are a Comcast/Xfinity customer, you can use a workaround →

If you are still having issues, please reach out to proxysupport@vassar.edu to report any problems.

Creating a proxied URL

If you have a URL that you'd like to prepend the proxy to, use this tool to do so and copy it to your clipboard!

Comcast/Xfinity Customers

We have received reports that there is a problem for some Comcast internet customers when they try to access the library’s proxy server, which allows off-campus access to library resources.  Despite efforts by both Computing and Information Services and the library’s Digital Scholarship & Technology Services department to resolve the problem, Comcast has yet to provide a resolution for this issue. Therefore, the Libraries suggest two workarounds for this problem.

Your options:

Workaround #1
Turn off your Advanced Security. It is recommended you do this only while you are using the proxy resources. Comcast/Xfinity outlines the steps for Disabling and Re-Enabling Advanced Security (scroll to the bottom of the page).
Workaround #2

All Comcast users can visit: https://vapps.vassar.edu and log in with your Vassar login.  You may be prompted to download and install a Citrix Receiver application.  You will then see a Chrome app icon; click on it and then, within the just-launched Chrome browser, navigate to https://library.vassar.edu or to the URL of the library resource you are trying to access.  For more information on how to use Vapps visit our Service Desk knowledge base article.  For help accessing VApps, contact the Service Desk at 845-437-7224 or email servicedesk@vassar.edu.

 

Problems connecting?

If you are a Comcast/Xfinity customer, you can use a workaround →

If you are still having issues, please reach out to proxysupport@vassar.edu to report any problems.