Offsite Access


The MLML/MBARI Research Library provides access to hundreds of electronic resources including databases, journals, articles, and ebooks. No special steps are needed when you are accessing these resources using the the MBARI staff network or the MLML network. If you are offsite please follow the instructions listed below to access library materials. If you have any issues please contact for assistance.

MBARI Offsite Access – VPN

Connect to the MBARI VPN to access library resources. Make sure your VPN options are set to route all traffic through the VPN (non-split tunnel).
Mac users, you may need to re-order your network services following the instructions below.
  1. On your Mac, choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Network
  2. Click the Action pop-up menu , then choose Set Service Order
  3. Drag services into the order you prefer, make sure VPN is first
  4. Click OK, then click Apply to make the new settings active
  5. Test the same link again

MLML Offsite Access – Shibboleth

MLML uses an authentication method called Shibboleth to provide offsite access to library materials. Most (but not all) journals support this access method (see exceptions below). General instructions and an example including screenshots are provided below. Please note that our library does not use the Athens or OpenAthens method.


Journals Not Accessible Offsite

While most of our journals are accessible offsite, unfortunately Marine Ecology Progress Series and the Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada can only be accessed onsite. Please contact if you are offsite and need an article from either of these journals.


Shibboleth Instructions

Step 1: Navigate to the article, journal, database, or publisher site that you trying to access (e.g. Wiley, Science Direct, Springer, etc.)

Step 2: Click on the “log in” button (usually located in the upper right hand corner)

Step 3: From the log in screen, click on the button that says “Find my institution” or “Institutional log in”

Step 4: From the institutional log in screen, locate the “Log in with Shibboleth” section

Step 5: Some sites will ask for a federation or location (not all sites will include this step). If required, select the option that says some version of “U.S. – InCommon” or “InCommon” or “U.S. Higher Education”

Step 6: Select/type in “Moss Landing Marine Laboratories” to the institution box which should redirect you to the standard MLML log in screen.

Step 7: Enter your standard MLML username and password info (same log in used for the MLML Intranet and wifi networks). You should now have offsite access to all materials on that website that our library subscribes to. Please contact the library ( if you encounter any issues.

Shibboleth Example: Springer

Step 1: Navigate to the Springer website directly via this link or through Google Scholar or another research database

Step 2: Click the “Log in” button located in the upper right hand corner




Step 3: Click the “Log in via Shibboleth or Athens” button

Step 4: Start typing in “Moss Landing Marine Laboratories” to the Shibboleth box and our institution should be selected from the drop down box. If MLML does not appear then either our library does not subscribe to the journal or database you are trying to access or there is a technical issue. Please contact the library ( if this occurs and we will help you locate your research materials and look into the problem with the system.

Step 5: After clicking “Log in via Shibboleth” you will be redirected to the MLML login screen. Enter your standard MLML username and password information.

Step 6: Once you have successfully logged in to the MLML system you will be able to access all the same library materials you can access from onsite at MLML or MBARI. Please note that some pages will not show that you are personally “logged in” but will instead show that you have access via MLML or the California State University System. This is normal and you will still have full access.