Accessibility from a distance

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Most electronic journals and databases are payable and can only be consulted "on campus"; i.e. when your pc is connected to the UHasselt network.

Via VPN connection (staff) and/or EZproxyserver (staff/students/emeriti) these sources can nonetheless be consulted from a distance (f.e. at home, on holiday,...). For fast, one-click access to subscribed and open access articles anytime & anywhere, you can also use 'LibKey Nomad', a very user-friendly browser extension

External library users, not connected to Hasselt University as a student, staff or emeritus, do not have external access. Consulting (payable) electronic library sources is only available to them in the reading rooms of the university library.

Accessibility via VPN connection

This option is only available to Hasselt University members of staff. In short, you create a secure connection between your computer and the UHasselt network, and get an IP address in the institution's range. Essentially, the VPN client makes it appear as though you are on campus (i.e. subsequent access to subscription content is via IP authentication).

In order to do so, VPN software first needs to be installed on your UHasselt work laptop. Visit Intranet --> ICT-facilities (CID) --> Download software --> Network.

To connect via VPN, log in to the VPN server with your UHasselt user name and password.

Accessibility via EZproxyserver

This option is available to Hasselt University members of staff, emeriti and students. In short, for external access to (payable) e-sources you are directed automatically via the EZproxyserver.

After clicking the required e-source link on the library website, you are requested to log in with your UHasselt user name and password, and are then able to consult the source the same way as "on campus".

Good to know

  • Some databases are never accessible outside Hasselt University campuses, regardless using an EZproxyserver. Consultation from a distance is in these cases not admitted in the contract. For example, this is the case for several legal databases.
  • Working via VPN connection from home provides a broader access to electronic articles or databases than simply searching the internet. The library catalogue, databases and electronic magazines, as well as Google Scholar, etc. have extra options when consulted via the university library.