Connect from Off-Campus

The USF Libraries subscribe to many online research materials subject to license restrictions that limit off-campus access to USF students and employees only. There are two options for remotely connecting to the USF Libraries:

1. Sign on with your USF Net ID

Off-Campus Remote Access login
  • This system verifies that you are a current USF student or employee and then enables access from any computer worldwide.
  • Log in with your Net ID: Login

2. Use the USF Virtual Private Network (VPN)

USF Information Technology Communications’ Virtual Private Network (VPN) is more robust and comprehensive than the proxy options, providing umbrella authentication for all browsers and USF-subscribed resources. Some specialized and advanced databases require this mode of authentication. To find out more and download the client software (for PC, Mac, or Linux), Click here »


  • Make sure you are a currently enrolled student, or active faculty/staff member. Students who have graduated or are not enrolled will not be permitted access.
  • Third-party Internet security software such as McAfee Personal Firewall or Norton Internet Security should be disabled.
  • Contact the USF Tampa Library Services Desk at (813) 974-2729 if your access is granted and you still cannot get into a resource to use it.
  • For help with myUSF, NetID, or proxy settings contact the IT Help Desk at (813) 974-1222 or 1-866-974-1222 (Florida toll-free).
  • Contact one of the following Library Services Desk numbers for issues concerning your Library ID number or for more information regarding how to get a Library ID:
Tampa: (813) 974-2729
St. Petersburg: (727) 553-3405
Sarasota-Manatee: (941) 359-4225
USF Health Libraries: (813) 974-8432
1 (866) 550-8036 toll-free in Florida