Off Campus Access

Off-Campus Access of Library Resources

The University Libraries subscribes to thousands of scholarly journals and electronic books that you can access online.

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.

Mason Students: If you are having trouble connecting to content like electronic journals, articles or e-books from off-campus, make sure your Username and Password have been activated. If you have forgotten your email account password, or never activated your MasonLIVE email account, visit this site and follow the instructions:

Common problems:

  • You have bookmarked a library database or article within the database. These links are not “permalinks” and will not be stable. If you would like to link to Mason subscribed content, see the guide, Linking to Library Content or contact the Libraries’ Distance Education Office for more assistance.
  • Disable the pop-up blocker while you are using our databases. You can always go back and enable it again for general Internet use. For personal firewall software, such as Norton Security, make sure that cookie blocking is set to "none" and that the browser privacy box is unchecked.

Virtual Computing Lab

The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) provides an online, virtual computing environment that allows all faculty and students to select and use academic software resources remotely.

Login, then select the desired software and/or operating environment, schedule a time for use, and remotely connect from any location to the appropriate virtual machine(s) at the scheduled time.

Software currently available on the VCL:

  • Microsoft Office
  • SAS
  • SPSS​
  • Matlab​
  • Mathmatic

Questions? Contact