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Off Campus Access: Online Library Access

Off Campus Access

The Himmelfarb Library provides access to 125+ electronic databases, 6,700+ electronic books, and 6,500+ electronic journals licensed by Himmelfarb Library, the Gelman Library, and/or the George Washington University for use by faculty, staff and students.  To use these resources when off-campus, you must login using your GW UserID and password.

To login from off-campus, users must know their GW UserID and the associated password.  GW's Identity and Access Management

  • allows user to set up their GW UserID or reset their password.
  • provides instructions for users who experience difficulty setting up their GW UserID.

Instructions for connection via Web Login

  1. Access the Himmelfarb Library website, and select the database, e-text, or e-journal which you would like to access.
  2. When the 'George Washington University Single Sign-on' webpage is displayed, securely login with your GW UserID followed by "".
    • Accounts created before May 22, 2022: Your GW UserID is the portion of your email address prior to @.
    • Accounts created after May 22, 2022: Your GW UserID is your GWID (G#).
  3. Check your Two-Step Authentication (i.e. text, Authenticator app, etc.) to authorize your login.
  4. The database, e-text, or e-journal that you selected will display automatically.

Instructions for connection via the VPN


Download and install the VPN client, following the instructions on the Virtual Private Network (VPN) page managed by GW IT.

Connecting to the VPN

  1. On your computer, start the VPN client.
  2. Login to VPN using GW Single Sign-On, or your GW UserID and password if using the legacy client.
  3. Check your Two-Step Authentication (i.e. text, Authenticator app, etc.) to authorize your VPN login.
  4. You can now access databases, e-texts, and e-journals via the Himmelfarb Library website without any additional logins.

For additional information, go to GW Information Technology: Software.