Do you learn at a distance?

Student working with laptop at homeYour digital library online

Everyone can use all of our electronic resources online from anywhere over the internet.  It is much easier to use our resources if you set up your home computer, tablet, phone, etc. to connect to the internet as if through the University network.  This saves you having to log in to most resources and makes any resources only available “on campus” available to you anywhere.  Step-by-step instructions for setting up the VPN are provied on MyPort.

If you are working from a workplace computer or you are entirely averse to downloading any software onto your computer, you will be unable to use the VPN.  You can enjoy many of the same benefits of the VPN by setting your web browser to access the internet via the University web proxy server.  This can be done using any web browser.  Instructions for setting up the web browser using the most popular web browser, Google Chrome, is available in this Liblog post.

Please get in touch if you have any concerns or difficulties, including if you want to set up the web proxy for a different browser.  We are here to help 24/7 by both phone and online chat.

Additional services for distance learners

If you are enrolled on a distance learning course or are living at a considerable distance from Portsmouth and are enrolled on a part-time course, you can make use of services we provide to support distance learning, including postal loans, emailed scans of book chapters and journal articles, and more.  You can find out more about the distance learning services we offer on the library website, under Support > Distance learning support.

In order to make use of these services, you must have completed your registration, including requesting a student card and uploading a photo, so that this card can be produced.  This might seem entirely unnecessary if you never intend to visit the campus/library but our library management system will not allow us to complete the registration process and let us send books and articles to you until you complete this step.  Rest assured we store uncollected student cards securely and destroy them all as they expire.


Assistant Librarian (Promotions) at the University Library. An enthusiastic advocate of libraries, diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice for all, inside and outside the workplace.

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