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Off Campus Access: Library Access via VPN

VPN

The VPN provides GW faculty, staff, and students with seamless, integrated access to all electronic resources. Users must have a GW UserID to use the VPN.

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 the VPN (Recommended)

Installation

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 (Palo Alto GlobalProtect or Cisco AnyConnect).
  2. Login to VPN using GW Single Sign-On (Palo Alto) or your GW UserID and password (Cisco). 
    • 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 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.

Troubleshooting

Students, Faculty & Staff: GW SMHS Help Desk at 202-994-4948 or cass@gwu.edu

VPN Frequently Asked Questions

What is VPN?

The GW VPN is a network that you can connect to using a program on your computer or mobile device to provide off-campus access to GW resources. VPN allows your computer to function as though it is on the GW campus and therefore allows you to access most databases, e-texts, and e-journals without additional logins.

How do I download the VPN client?

To download the VPN client (the program that connects your computer to the VPN), access the Virtual Private Network (VPN) page managed by GW IT. You can currently choose between two options. The Cisco AnyConnect VPN has been the GW client for several years but will be retired in August 2023. A new client, the Palo Alto GlobalProtect client, is now available for use as well.

How do I login to VPN?

Logging into the VPN is easy, with slight differences between the two versions of the client:

VPN login methods
  Cisco AnyConnect Palo Alto GlobalConnect
Settings

The GW profile is included by default when you install the client.

If it is missing, enter the following in the box next to the Connect button: go.vpn.gwu.edu

The GW profile is included by default when you install the client.

If it is missing, enter the following in the box under Portal: gwvpn.gwu.edu

Login

Click Connect, then enter your GW UserID (the portion prior to the @) and password.

Check your Two-Step Authentication (i.e. text, Authenticator app, etc.) to authorize your VPN login. For detailed instructions, please consult Microsoft Two Step Authentication for VPN.

Click Connect and follow any prompts to log on through the GW single sign-on page (UserID@gwu.edu + password).

If you are already logged in to another service, the single sign-on page may not appear.

Check your Two-Step Authentication (i.e. text, Authenticator app, etc.) to authorize your VPN login. For detailed instructions, please consult Microsoft Two Step Authentication for VPN.

 

Do I need to download and install software to use VPN?

Yes. You should access the GW's AnyConnect downloads website to download the VPN software. This site will prompt you to login in order to access the download; login with your GW UserID, the username, and password associated with your GW email account.

I have a copy of an older VPN which I downloaded to my computer. Will it still work?

The Cisco AnyConnect VPN will be retired on August 8, 2023. After that date, the Palo Alto GlobalProtect VPN will be the only client that works with the GW network.

How can I access Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals using VPN ?

GW's VPN works by allowing your computer to function as though it is on the GW campus. Therefore, after logging into the VPN, you can access Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals directly from the Himmelfarb Library website without any additional logins.

I'm using VPN but can't get into Himmelfarb Library's databases, e-texts, and e-journals or the GW network. What should I do?

  • Check that you are logged into VPN. In order for VPN to work, you need to connect using the VPN client each time that you use it.
  • Check that you have completed Two Step Authentication after submitting your login and password.  
  • Check that VPN is connected. VPN may logoff automatically after periods of inactivity. If this occurs, you will need to login again. To check if VPN is running:
    • Look at the notifications area in the lower right-hand corner of your computer screen.
      • Find the icon for your VPN client, and mouse over it to see if it is connected.
        Client Icon / text when connected Icon / text when disconnected
        Palo Alto GlobalProtect

        Palo Alto VPN icon (connected)

        Connected

        Palo Alto VPN icon (not connected)

        Not Connected

        Cisco AnyConnect

        Cisco AnyConnect icon (connected)

        Cisco AnyConnect
        VPN: Connected

        Cisco AnyConnect icon (not connected)

        Cisco AnyConnect
        VPN: Disconnected

    • To connect or disconnect the VPN, click on the icon and then click on Connect or Disconnect.

Which browsers and operating systems work with VPN?

The VPN is not browser dependent. You should be able to use any web browser available on your computer.

I'm having trouble accessing or running VPN. Who can I contact for assistance?

The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library
Questions? Ask us.

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