What Is a Proxy Server?
A proxy server forwards requests between a web browser and the requested website. When requests for restricted resources access the BOL proxy server, it will appear to originate from the UCLA campus. The BOL proxy server currently provides access to IP restricted websites.
Access to some of UCLA's Web content is restricted solely to UCLA IP addresses because of licensing and/or copyright agreements such as California Digital Library content and UCLA Library electronic journals. To use these services you must access them from a computer with a UCLA IP address. Users who are utilizing other Internet Service Providers (ISP) to remotely access restricted content do not have a UCLA IP address and are therefore denied access, unless a proxy server is used to reach the restricted content.
Currently, the BOL proxy server is open to all students, faculty, and staff members that have a eligible UCLA Logon ID. The proxy server will require you to provide your UCLA Logon ID and password before allowing
Configuring Your Computer to Access the Proxy Server
This section provides detailed instructions on how to manually configure various web browsers to use the BOL proxy server for access to restricted UCLA online services. Select your web browser below:
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|Google Chrome||Google Chrome|
Proxy Server and the VA
Bruin OnLine users at the Veteran's Affairs site in West LA no longer have access to the UCLA Digital Library resources via the BOL proxy server. The VA now requires that all of their local network traffic be routed through the VA national gateway. This national gateway does not allow proxied traffic. Please note that UCLA and Bruin OnLine have no control over the VA network.
If users at the VA site wish to access the UCLA Library resources remotely, they must use a VPN client. The Cisco VPN client is available from BOL.
Users with the OneVA VPN client already installed can just import the UCLA VPN settings by downloading, extracting, and importing the UCLA.pcf file here: https://www.bol.ucla.edu/pub/bol/vpn/software/UCLA%20VPN.pcf
VA users may contact their local Help Desk for assistance at (877) 928-2633.
Proxy Server and External Networks
Certain Internet Service Providers use transparent caching proxies, or their own web proxies to provide web access. The BOL proxy server will not work if your ISP implements proxying of their own. The Bruin OnLine Help Desk does not provide technical support for the use of the proxy server with a DSL/Cable modem router or Network Address Translation (NAT).