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Off-Campus Access (Proxy Server and VPN)

Use this guide to log into the proxy server, get access to electronic resources from off-campus, and get tips on how to use off-campus access.

Login to the Proxy Server for Off-Campus Access

You can log into the proxy by following this link: Log into EZproxy

Trouble Logging In?

Remember that EZproxy now uses two factor authentication through Duo, so you need to check your phone. However, our Duo integration is a bit different from your email or other campus systems, so you won't see the campus Single Sign On screen when you log in. If you haven't set up the Duo application and you are using Duo's call feature, you may need to check your Duo settings to ensure the correct phone number is set up as the first number on your account. Our Duo integration will not ring multiple numbers. You can check your Duo settings by going to and clicking on the "manage enrollment" button. If you're still having trouble, here are some other steps to try.

  • Try checking your caps lock   
  • Type your credentials in again (often we see users simply mistype credentials)   
  • Try clearing the cache of your web browser  
  • Check the 2FA help site: 
  • If these methods do not work consult the library help desk at 314-935-5420.

Helpful Hint

Do you frequently access library resources from off-campus?  Bookmark this page ( in your web browser, and start all of your research from here, if you wish.  You will be directed to the Library homepage after logging in to the proxy server with your WUSTL Key.

What is a proxy server?

Why is a proxy server needed? How does it work?

Most of the databases and e-journals provided by Washington University Libraries are on the Web but are not free. The Libraries purchase access to them from companies. The agreements with these companies limit access to current WU students, faculty, and staff. If you are not on the WU campuses, you must logon with your WUSTL key and have your affiliation with the University recognized. 

After you have logged in, you should not be challenged again for your ID and password - until you turn off your computer, or close your browser. Need help with your WUSTL Key or password? Click here for more info.

You'll know you are 'proxied' when you see '' in the first part of the URL in your browser's address bar.
If you type in a new URL in the browser’s address box you will leave the proxy service.

Proxied Links for Common Search Tools

Click on the images below to be taken to the proxied links for these search tools.  By using these links, search results will display Get It @ Wash U links for articles, and links to ILLiad requests for books, journals, and other materials.

Google Scholar