E-books, e-journals and databases

Use our e-media from outside via VPN - only possible for students and employees of the University of Cologne.

Our e-media are marked with a traffic light symbol:

Account information

How to use our e-media

Students and employees of the University of Cologne can use all electronic media with a yellow traffic light symbol while on the way. You will need a student or personal account and free additional software (VPN client).

Important: Full-Tunnel must be selected when installing the VPN client!

National licenses of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

They enable students, academics and private individuals interested in science to access databases, electronic journals, newspapers and e-books.

In addition to freely accessible electronic publications throughout Germany, there are also offers for which individuals can register for use: Information on registration and registration of private individuals (German)

Licensing information

In the case of extensive downloads, the provider may block access not only to your own computer, but also to the entire university.

Please note the terms of use of the publishers or editors.

In general, this applies to publishing offers that are subject to licensing:

Employees and students of the University of Cologne are permitted access to the full texts. Library users who are not members of the University of Cologne can only use the licensed media on the premises of the library. Database contents as well as full texts of articles and e-book chapters may only be printed or stored for personal use and research purposes. Articles may not be passed on to third parties either electronically or in printed form. Systematic download of journal articles (e.g. all articles from a journal issue) or database contents, in particular by robots, contradicts the license right and is prohibited.