Off-campus access

Off-campus, VU and VUmc staff and students have access to e-journals, e-books, online articles and databases for which the University Library (UL) has acquired a license as well.

Via LibSearch
When searching via LibSearch, you need to log on (via SURFconext) only when prompted. No special settings or software are required.
- VU students and staff log on with their VUnetID
- VUmc staff log on with their VUmc-account (PDF)

Elsewhere
If you are searching elsewhere, you may hit upon a link that is not off-campus enabled. You may receive a warning that your IP-address is unknown, a vendor’s login screen may appear, or payment is required. Simply restore access to such a resource by installing - one time only - one of the tools below:

•    Library Access browser extension (Google Chrome and Firefox) "The Library in your browser!"
Currently the Library Access browser extension is only available for Google Chrome and Firefox. Other browsers are expected to follow in due time.
Adding this so-called plugin to your browser simplifies the process of getting access to licensed e-resources. You will be prompted automatically to log on with your VUnetID or VUmc-account.

The Library Access browser extension can be installed with just a few mouse clicks.

Google Chrome
- Open this link in Google Chrome;
- Select "Add to Chrome";
- Select "Add extension";
- Under "Select your library" choose "Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)" and click the "Save" button.
N.B. By unchecking the "Skip the pop up and automate my access" option you can have a popup displayed first which alerts you about material for which the Library has acquired a license.

Firefox
- Open this link in Firefox;
- Choose “Toestaan” (“Allow”) and "Installeren" ("Install") when being prompted;
- Under "Select your library" choose "Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU)" and click the "Save" button.
N.B. By unchecking the "Skip the pop up and automate my access" option you can have a popup displayed first which alerts you about material for which the Library has acquired a license.

•    UBVU Off-Campus Access bookmark (all browsers)
After installation of this bookmark, a simple click will provide access to the desired resource with your VUnetID or VUmc-account.

Add the link below to your browser’s bookmarks. Do not click, but drag the link to the bookmarks bar of the browser or right-click the link.

UBVU Off-Campus Access

For manual installation:
- create a random bookmark;
- edit the properties;
- change the name of the bookmark to UBVU Off-Campus Access;
- copy the code below as the URL of the bookmark:
javascript:void(location.href='http://vu-nl.idm.oclc.org/login?url='+location.href)

Tip: use the bookmarks bar to display the bookmark as a button.

To test the installation of the bookmark, go to this article. Then click the UBVU Off-Campus Access bookmark and log in with VUnetID or VUmc-account.


Note! Obviously access is only granted when the UL has acquired a license for that source. Due to technical reasons, access to some resources is restricted to VU and VUmc.


Previous settings
If you have used the previous settings for “working from home” we recommend you to remove these settings.


Google Scholar

Use this guide (PDF) to display the “VU LibSearch” links in Google Scholar when off-campus.


For questions, comments or to report a problem, please Ask your library.