Connect to JMU’s Online Resources from Off-Campus

Most of the Libraries’ online resources are available from off-campus if you log in with your JMU eID, password, and Duo. However, resources listed here require another login procedure using SSL VPN. Please follow the instructions below to connect from off-campus, or contact us through Ask the Library. You might also consider installing LibKey Nomad. It is a browser extension that links you directly to articles that are library-licensed or open access. You will still be prompted to connect to library resources when off-campus.

Method 1: OpenAthens

OpenAthens simplifies your connection to library resources from off-campus.


  • No software to install
  • Login with eID, password and Duo
  • Only provides access to library resources

Here’s how it works:

  1. To access library resources from off-campus, start at the JMU Libraries website
  2. Find and click on the resource you want to access
  3. Log in to the JMU page with your eID and password
  4. Authenticate with Duo (Duo Enrollment Guide)
  5. Access your resource

Once logged in, you will remain connected for 1 day or until you close the browser.

Please note that while most library resources can be accessed through OpenAthens, not all providers and publishers are set up for OpenAthens. If you are unable to access a particular resource through OpenAthens, please use Ivanti Secure Access (formerly Pulse Secure) to access the resource. Click here for the list of known resources that require Ivanti Secure Access (formerly Pulse Secure).

Method 2: SSL VPN

SSL VPN provides access to library resources and secure JMU materials.


  • Requires installation of software
  • Log in with eID, password and Duo
  • Provides access to library resources and sensitive JMU files (e.g. N: drive)

Ivanti Secure Access (formerly Pulse Secure) is software that is used to connect to JMU’s SSL VPN service.  It can be downloaded from JMU IT’s Software Services page under the appropriate “Available Software” link. 

Further information about the SSL VPN service is also available, and you may contact the IT Help Desk for questions or issues with SSL VPN and/or Duo.

Please note that while you are connected through SSL VPN, all network traffic to and from your computer is routed through JMU’s network as if you were on-campus. Click here for the list of known resources that require SSL VPN.