Off Campus Access

The University Libraries subscribes to thousands of scholarly journals and electronic books that you can access remotely from your computer.

Due to licensing restrictions, only current students, faculty, and staff have access to these resources off-campus. 

See additional Distance Education services available to you if you are a student or instructor of a Distance Education course.

Accessing Mason Databases with EZProxy

Remote access is provided through a "proxy" service called EZProxy. When you connect to a website through the proxy, you will be asked to login using your Mason email login and password. Once you are authenticated, you’re able to use all of the University Libraries’ online resources.  

If you are not asked to login and/or cannot access a resource that Mason has a subscription to, you might need to add the Mason Proxy server. Below are some ways to do so. You might also see Troubleshooting Off-Campus Access


In the Location Bar, just add the proxy url to the beginning of the link:


The popular (Mason-created) citation manager Zotero, when installed as an add-on to the Firefox browser, will automatically detect the proxy when you first use a link with the Proxy URL and ask if you wish to continue to use it. See more about Zotero Proxies


The Chrome Browser has several extensions supporting EZProxy. One that automatically supports GMU's Proxy is EZProxy Redirect. After installation, right click on the button and choose Options. Select "George Mason University" from the list of Schools and press Save. 

Any Browser

Drag the link at the end of this sentence to your bookmarks to create a bookmarklet that will reload a webpage through the Proxy server: Mason Proxy Bookmarklet

Accessing Software with the Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)

DoIT's  Virtual Computing Lab also provides remote access to licensed software including ArcGIS, SAS, Maple 16, SPSS, Stata, MatLab, and Mathematica for Mason students, faculty and staff. Learn more about the VCL and be sure to see the video walkthroughs or step-by-step instructions (for Macs or PCs) to help connect the first time.