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UVA Proxy Service

Access Restricted Resources Remotely

Some University of Virginia resources, such as library materials, online databases, news resources, and downloadable software, have license restrictions that limit their use to the University community. You can access these restricted resources only if your computer is physically on Grounds or, if you are working remotely, through an off-Grounds option to access restricted UVA resources, such as the proxy service.

Using the UVA Proxy Service

To use the UVA proxy service, you must be faculty, staff, or a student of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, and you must have NetBadge access. No special web browser configuration is necessary; simply browse a University Library website such as LibGuides and click a link to a resource. Library websites have links to restricted resources that send your browser to the proxy service. For example, the link to is

If you are off-Grounds and are not using a VPN, then the proxy service authenticates you with NetBadge and your browser accesses the resource via the proxy service. Your browser sends web requests to the proxy, which relays them to the restricted resource. The resource sends its responses back to the proxy, which relays them to your browser.

If you are on Grounds (or off-Grounds using a VPN) then the proxy service does not require authentication and it redirects you to the resource. From then on you access the resource directly, without using the proxy service.

  Page Updated: 2017-10-25