Off-campus users

Who is an off-campus user

An off-campus user is any Tufts University staff, student, or faculty member who wishes to access library materials and resources while they are not physically located on campus. 

If you're an alumnus, please see our page on access for Tufts alumni. Visitors from outside of the Tufts community can find out more about accessing the library on our Visitors page.

Accessing e-resources while off campus

If you are a current student, staff, or faculty member you can access all e-resources, such as journal articles, books, and databases, no matter where you are physically located. You can begin your search using JumboSearch or one of our many databases and log in with your Tufts username and password when prompted.

Downloading and using the Tufts VPN (Virtual Private Network) AnyConnect application from TTS makes this process even easier by minimizing the number of times you need to log in. The VPN will allow you to access library resources (as well as other Tufts on-campus-only resources), as if you were physically on campus.

You can also create and use the Check Tufts Libraries bookmark to automatically check for access to an article or ebook that's asking you to pay with just a single click.

Creating shareable links to library resources

Please refer to this guide to creating links to library resources that you can share with others, as long as they have a Tufts username and password.

Accessing print resources while off-campus

Tisch Library provides a service called scan & deliver that allows current students, staff and faculty to request scanned copies of print resources that the library owns. You can request that we scan one journal article, two chapters, or 20% of a book at any one time.

Questions and Troubleshooting

If you have trouble logging into a resource from off-campus:

  • Check to make sure that you are using your Tufts username and password.
  • Try logging in using a different browser--sometimes browser plug-ins can interfere with library access.
  • If the problem still persists, please let us know via chat or email.