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.

Using our electronic media from remote locations via VPN access

Students and employees of the University of Cologne can use our electronic media while on the move. Even if these media are otherwise only available via the University of Cologne network. You will need a student or employee account and free additional software (VPN client).

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

Account information

Other library users can use these media at our internet workstations on the 1st floor in the Main Library, at the closed stacks issue counter in the Department of Human Sciences and the Curative Education Reading Room. They cannot use them on the move (VPN access).

beck-online special features for access
Please note: Due to the Corona crisis, different rules apply to the first-time registration for beck-online until 31 December 2022. All info here

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.