Access Online Materials from Off Campus

Pulse Secure Client client connects to the Library VPN

By connecting to the library VPN Client with their UCD LoginID, current UC Davis students, faculty and employees may access our licensed resources.

The UC Davis Library catalog, Melvyl catalog, and other free resources are open to all and do not require use of the VPN.

In order to access licensed library resources from off-campus, you must first sign into the Library VPN using your Kerberos credentials.  This must be done every time you want to access library resources from off campus.

Pulse Secure is the VPN Client, and it must be downloaded and installed on your personal computer or device. Use the appropriate links below for instructions and a video on how to install, configure, and use the VPN client/Pulse Secure. You only need to install the VPN once on each device you want to use to access library resources. Note: you need administrator rights on your computer to install Pulse Secure; if you do not have them, contact your department’s IT staff.

Make sure Pulse Secure is running each time you wish to access licensed resources. The VPN client/Pulse Secure should work for the majority of faculty, staff, and students; although it may not work with all operating systems. See Questions & Known Issues.

If you run into problems installing the VPN or connecting to licensed resources, see the help links below.

Windows 8/10



  • Linux is not officially supported by the UC Davis Library.
  • Users can try the Pulse client for Linux. Information can be found on our FAQ.

After using the above instructions to install and configure the VPN Client, launch the application and log in with your UCD LoginID

HELP! I’ve tried and it’s not working. Check our FAQ or submit a Technical Support Request

Pulse Secure is a VPN app for Apple iOS and Android devices. Use Pulse Secure to log into the UC Davis network using either wifi or your telecommunication provider’s services.

Pulse Secure is free. You may have network charges from your telecommunication provider, depending on your service plan. It may be downloaded from ITunes or from Android app providers.



Chrome OS

Once installed, launch the application and log in with your UCD LoginID

HELP! I’ve tried and it’s not working. Check our FAQ or submit a Technical Support Request

On-campus locations already have access to library resources. It should not be necessary to use the VPN to access library resources from these locations:

  • Campus offices
  • Campus computer networks (including Open Access Labs)
  • Dormitories
  • UC Davis offices located off campus

Electronic resources available through the UC Davis libraries are licensed by the university for non-commercial use by UC faculty, staff, students and on-site users, for educational or research purposes only. Additional restrictions may apply to on-site users of certain databases. The terms and conditions of the UC and UC Davis agreements with the vendors and publishers of these electronic resources regulate the use of these resources. These conditions include, but are not limited to, restrictions on copying, republishing, altering, redistributing and reselling the information contained therein. Fee-for-service providers may not copy and resell texts from licensed sources to non-subscribing individuals, institutions or organizations.

Specific examples of prohibited uses include systematically retaining or printing licensed content like an entire issue of a journal, transmitting an article to a mailing list or an electronic bulletin board, or enabling others to be able to dispense with a subscription. Restrictions vary from resource to resource and you should not assume that a permitted use at one site indicates a general rule applicable to all sites.

You are personally accountable according to the UCD Computer Use Policy for respecting copyright and licensing requirements. Breaches of University license agreements could result not only in loss of your own access, but loss of access for the entire UC Davis community.

Copies of agreements entered into by the California Digital Library (CDL) on behalf of the University of California system can be viewed at: CDL License Agreements. For further questions about conditions of use or other licensing restrictions, contact the library.