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Why is Melvyl asking me to log in?

A pilot project in Spring 2012 is adding millions of licensed journal articles to Melvyl, the discovery tool of the UC libraries.  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 UC-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 AirBears) 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 this pop-up window when doing a search in Melvyl. 



    Those who choose "ENTER AS GUEST" do not need to log in.  As before, they are not able to access journal articles and other licensed resources, but can still use Melvyl as a UC-wide and worldwide library catalog.

If you experience differs from what's described above, please use this form to report it, giving details of your situation.




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