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About Off Campus Sign In

Some of the library's resources—databases, ebooks, ejournals, and selected Virginia Tech electronic theses and dissertations - are restricted to currently employed faculty/staff, currently enrolled students registered in degree or credit courses, and retirees.

Users on the campus network (wired, wireless, or via VPN, including users on the Blacksburg campus or extended campuses) are automatically recognized by the providers of these resources as being part of the Virginia Tech community.

Users outside the campus network who access the Internet through a commercial ISP, their cellular network, a company's free wireless, or through their business or school network would not be recognized as being affiliated with Virginia Tech and thus must go through an extra step to gain that recognition. You can use either Off Campus Sign In system, or connect to the campus network via VPN (Virtual Private Network).

You are authenticated through a system called Off Campus Sign In that prompts you to enter your Virginia Tech PID and password, and then your second factor (phone app, text message, or manually enter code). It then authorizes you if you are a current student, faculty, or staff member. There is no need to sign in in advance; as long as you use links on the library's websites, if a login is required, you'll automatically be directed to the appropriate screen.

Off Campus Sign In access

All links to our subscribed resources on our website, in Summon and Addison, through look up services like the Journal Title Database, and on our Subject Guides, are automatically routed through the Off Campus Sign In (OCSI) system. If you are on the campus network, whether in Blacksburg or at one of our remote campuses, the connection does not require logging in (except for trial databases, streaming video services, and a small set of password-protected resources). Just click the link and you can use the resource.

If you are not on the campus network, you'll be presented with the standard PID/password login screen (just like you'd use to access HokieSPA, MyVT, or Canvas), followed by the second factor screen. Once you've submitted your credentials and are verified as a valid user, you'll pass through to the resource and can use it as if you were on campus.

Once you've logged in once, you should stay logged in for at least an hour, or until you close your browser.

LibX browser extension

LibX is a browser extension for Firefox or Chrome that can make reconnecting to a resource via Off Campus Sign In much easier. If you have reached a restricted resource, such as a database or ejournal directly, because you used an emailed link or Googled the site, and thus are not able to access the resource, a simple right-click on the page will bring up a menu including a Reload via Off Campus Sign In option. Simply log in and the page you were trying to access will now work.

Bookmarklets for other browsers

If you use a browser other than Firefox or Chrome or use a mobile device that does not allow installation of browser extensions, you can use a bookmarklet to gain the same functionality to reload a page through Off Campus Sign In. If you land on a restricted resource page, simply use the bookmarklet and sign in. 

Google Scholar

If you use Google Scholar while on the campus network, Google will recognize you as a Virginia Tech affiliate and will automatically connect you through Off Campus Sign In to our resources. If you are not on the campus network, you have three options to make that process work so you can access full text:

  • Use our link to Google Scholar from the Databases search tab or databases listings
  • Configure Google Scholar to show Get VText links:
    1. Click on Scholar Preferences
    2. Search for Virginia Tech in the 'Library Links' section
    3. Select all three instances listed for Virginia Tech
    4. Click Save preferences
  • Use LibX as above to reload restricted pages through OCSI

Problems with Off Campus Sign In access

See the Off Campus Sign In Frequently Asked Questions if you have any problems using the service.