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Access to the licensed resources provided by the MIT Libraries is established by MIT IP address or authentication via MIT’s Touchstone. Search Vera to see additional access restrictions for each resource.

Current members of the MIT community:

  • Off-campus with a non-MIT IP address: Usually simulating an MIT IP address via VPN is enough, but for some publishers, you must authenticate via MIT’s Touchstone – see instructions for both below.
  • On-campus with MIT IP address or on “MIT Secure” network: You can go directly to most resources and the publisher will recognize your IP address. Some resources require authentication via MIT’s Touchstone – see details below.
  • On-campus and on “MIT Guest” network: You won’t be able to access most resources due to publisher restrictions. Switch to the “MIT Secure” network and most resources will recognize your IP address. Others may require authentication via MIT’s Touchstone – see details below.

To simulate an MIT IP address use IS&T’s VPN service: 

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN)
    NOTE: Please connect to library e-resources via the Cisco VPN rather than the new beta Prisma Access/GlobalProtect VPN, while some technical issues are worked out.

Connecting with mobile devices:

To connect via MIT’s Touchstone:

Visitors:

To access most licensed resources, you must be on campus and either:

If you have a laptop, you’ll be able to connect to the “MIT Guest” wireless network from on-campus, but you won’t be able to access most licensed resources due to publisher restrictions.