How to Access Middlebury Resources from Off Campus

Many Middlebury resources and services are available from off campus.

There are several different methods for accessing these resources; look through the options below and choose the one that is right for you.


VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a way to simulate being on campus, with full access to most campus resources, with the exception of library subscription e-resources. (Learn how to access library subscription e-resources from off campus at http://go/liboffcampus/.) Most computers can use the instructions below:

Access Library Databases and Journals

The Library supports off-campus access to our electronic resources for active students, faculty, and staff. Library subscription content is accessible from the Library homepage and research librarians may be contacted at go/askus/.

Access Cloud Storage on OneDrive or Google Drive

Files stored in Middlebury's cloud accounts are readily accessible using a web browser on any networked device without need of VPN:

For additional details about cloud storage, see or

Access File Servers using a Web Browser (Nasuni Web Access)

This service allows you to access files on Middfiles without the need for VPN.  You can easily view, download, and upload files from any web-enabled device, including iOS devices.  Log in at http://go/webaccess/.  See Web Access help for more details.

Remote Desktop Access

Remote Desktop Access is used primarily by staff and faculty to gain access to a computer on campus and should be used only when the computer is in a secure location.

These instructions show you how to access and use a computer that's on campus, while you are physically off the college campus. For general information on remote desktop connections, see Remote Desktop Connection.

  1. Record the name of the computer; you'll be using this to connect to it. The name can be obtained by right-clicking on "My Computer", selecting "Properties", then clicking on the "Computer Name" tab.
  2. Ask the Helpdesk to add you to the list of users on that computer who are allowed to access it remotely. You can do this by calling x2200 or an email.
  3. Ensure the computer that remains on campus is turned on and is connected to the College's wired network. If the computer is off or not connected to the network at the time when you try to connect to it, you'll just see an error message.
  4. From an off-campus location, establish a VPN connection.
  5. Open Microsoft's "Remote Desktop" program (Start => Windows Accessories => Remote Desktop Connection).
  6. In the window that appears, enter the name of the computer that's on campus.
  7. Log in with your own credentials. (If there's anyone else logged in, you will be prompted to "log this person off" which kicks them off the computer.)
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