UC Berkeley Library

Why is Melvyl asking me to log in?

Melvyl, the discovery tool of the Berkeley libraries, now includes millions of licensed journal articles. As a result, some off-campus users will now encounter login prompts when starting a search in Melvyl.  Anyone can still use Melvyl as a Berkeley-wide and worldwide library catalog, but the licensed items are available only to those with UC Berkeley access privileges.

  • Those who use the library proxy server may see the same CalNet or PIN login prompt they normally see when going to a journal article or other licensed resource. This prompt will only appear if you haven't already used the proxy server in the current browser session. After logging in, you should be able to access journal articles and other licensed resources without further prompts.
  • Those who are connecting with the Virtual Private Network (VPN) system, and those whose computers are on the campus network (including AirBears2) do not get a login prompt when using Melvyl, and can continue to access journal articles and other licensed resources.
  • Off-campus users who are not using either the proxy server or VPN will see a login window when doing a search in Melvyl.
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