Off-campus Access

Current students, faculty and staff can access our electronic resources from off-campus. You can do this in two ways: using the library website to connect to resources with your UWinID, and connecting to the university network with a VPN.

Use the library’s website with your UWinID

The easiest way to access online resources while off-campus is to access the resources directly from the library’s website ( With this approach, you shouldn't attempt to go directly to journal, book or database websites — you will need to get to them from our website.

Simply start from the library website and connect to articles, journals, eBooks and videos through Omni, or one of the subject-specific databases through the research tools page. You will be prompted to log-in with your UWinID to prove your affiliation. You will notice that the URL for the resource will change to include a university address (such as “”) — this means its working!

Durable links to library resources

Create bookmarks to our online resources that are durable and reliable when you want to connect to them, both on- and off-campus. Shortened links from Leddy Library that begin with already contain a proxied link and will work both on campus and off. You can find these shortened links from our A to Z list of online resources (e.g., These shortened links are updated by our staff when there are changes to the resources.

Connect to the university network with a VPN

Access our online resources just like you are on campus by using a virtual private network (VPN) to connect to the university network while you're off-campus. A VPN provides secure remote access from your device to the university network and makes it seem as if it is on the campus network by setting up a tunnel that encrypts all traffic between your computer and the university firewall. When you visit a journal, book or database website directly, you will be identified as a UWindsor user without needing to go to the library website first.

Visit the campus ITS website for instructions on how to set up a VPN for your computer: