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Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Use the CIT's Virtual Private Network (VPN). When you run the VPN all of your network activity is funneled through a secure server and you will be recognized as an Oberlin College user and will not be asked to log in to resources. More about the VPN.

September 2017 UPDATE from the CIT: The VPN server was upgraded during Fall Break, 2017. This upgrade requires you to download and install a new version of the VPN client and connect to VPN in a different way.

Please visit the CIT downloads page and choose the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client appropriate for your computer. Cisco AnyConnect is also available for Apple iOS and Android devices.

For complete installation and connection instructions, visit the CIT Wiki VPN page. If you have additional questions, contact the CIT Help Desk.

Proxy Server Authentication

If you use links to research resources from OBIS, the Library's web site, or our list of databases you should be automatically asked to provide your name and barcode number (on the back of your OCID) to gain access.

If you are not automatically prompted to enter your name and barcode you can authenticate with Oberlin College Proxy Server or with OhioLINK.


If you encounter problems accessing a database or journal, follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.ohiolink.edu/content/ohiolink_connection_information
  2. Copy and paste the information about your browser and IP address into an email message to reference@oberlin.edu
  3. Include the name of the database and the date and time you experienced the problem
  4. Describe or copy and paste any error messages you received while trying to access the database

Attention Students

Off campus access to online databases and electronic journals is restricted to current students. During academic leaves (including enrolled-not-in-residence programs) and over the summer, student privileges are modified to allow uninterrupted access to online resources.

Continuing students who find that their access is unexpectedly restricted should contact the Main Library Circulation Desk at main.circ@oberlin.edu or (440) 775-5016.

We regret that students who are graduated, withdrawn, or on personal leave cannot be authorized for remote access.

Note: Off campus RefWorks users (including graduated students) experiencing login problems should contact reference@oberlin.edu or call 440-775-5031.

Last updated:
December 19, 2018