Remote Access to Databases

Troubleshooting remote access to licensed databases.
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Off-Campus Access to Licensed Databases

  • To access York's licensed databases off-campus, you must be a currently enrolled student or a faculty/staff member with an active ID in the York library system. Check at the York Library circulation desk to make sure your ID is active. See CUNY's FAQ for more information about remote access to licensed resources.
  • You then need to enter the 14-digit Library I.D. (barcode) number from the back of your York I.D. card.
  • Users can also access all of the licensed resources after logging into York's VPN (Virtual Private Network): use these links to connect to the Faculty/Staff VPN or the Student VPN. Contact the IT Service Desk (ext. 5311) for more information about VPN.
  • AOL users may need to launch Internet Explorer in order to access online databases.
  • Several New York State Library databases now offer remote access using your New York State DMV Driver License or Non-Driver Photo ID Number.
  • You can also access CUNY-wide E-journals and Reference Databases off campus by logging into the CUNY Portal. Logon to the Portal and click on: E-Journals and Reference Databases.
  • See information on using Find It!

Still have problems/questions connecting to the library databases remotely? Send e-mail to: reference@york.cuny.edu.

Include your name, barcode number (i.e., Library I.D. #), name of the database you were trying to access, and the time of day you attempted access. Also include the error message, if any.

If you have problems with your VPN/network account, contact the I.T. Help Desk at x5311.

Have comments/questions concerning the York College Library website? Send e-mail to: reference@york.cuny.edu.

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