Virtual private network for securely accessing Yale resources when off campus. Required for access to network shares and electronic library resources.
Available to

Standard Features

  • Provides secure access to restricted Yale systems and resources via Cisco VPN Anyconnect client. VPN is required for remote access to:

User Requirements

  • Active NetID
  • Access to library electronic databases via VPN is only available to full-time students, faculty and staff with an active status
  • Duo Multi Factor Authentication

Using This Service

Get This Service

  • Access is automatically provisioned for Yale faculty, staff, and students

Setup the Service

Download and install the Cisco VPN Anyconnect client from the Yale Software Site

  • The Cisco client can be downloaded by going to the Yale software site.  Search for the Cisco VPN client, then selects the OS of the computer you are using.  When the download completes, install the software by launching the installer and following the prompts. 

Connect to the Yale VPN Using Cisco VPN AnyConnect client

  • To connect to the Yale VPN, launch your previously installed Cisco VPN AnyConnect client from your Mac Application Folder or your Windows PC Start Menu and click Connect. If there is nothing in the Connect field, please enter access.yale.edu then click Connect. Detailed instructions are available below:
  • Enter your NetID in the Username field and your NetID password in the Password field. The Second Password field is where you specify the Duo Authentication Method you are using. The options are outlined below:
    • Type "push" in the Second Password field

      • This will send you a Duo push notification to the mobile phone or tablet you have configured to use with Duo.  Push notifications require your device to have an internet connection via cellular data or WiFi.

    • Type "sms" in the Second Password field

      • This will send a SMS text message to your mobile device with a passcode.  A cellular connection is required.

    • Type "phone" in the Second Password field

      • This will initiate a phone call to your device.  A cellular connection or landline is required.

    • Type in a one use 6-digit passcode in the Second Password field

      • Retrieve this code from Duo on your mobile device.  To do so, open the Duo Mobile app.  Click the down-arrow to the right of Yale University to reveal a one use passcode.  Enter this six-digit number to authenticate.  No internet or cellular connectivity is required - you can retrieve codes even when your device is in airplane mode.

Get Help

Contact YLS Information Technology Services

  • Phone: 203-432-0821
  • Email: law.help@yale.edu
  • Walk in: L2 Monday - Friday 8:30AM - 4:30PM
  • Submit request online: helpdesk.law.yale.edu


  • No Charge