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Remote access

ZB MED acquires specialized electronic literature in the life sciences and makes it accessible to ZB MED users via remote access. 

What content is available via remote access?

Users with a valid ZB MED library card may access the following licensed e-media using the links belows:

E-Book Collections

Access Medicine (McGraw-Hill)
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), 1995-2006
ProQuest EbookCentral (recent titles from various publishers)
2016 LWW Classic Book Collection (Ovid)


APS Journal Legacy Content (1898-1997)
Endocrine Legacy (1917-2003)
Journal of Clinical Oncology Legacy Archive (1983-1998)
Oxford Journals Digital Archive (1849- all issues apart from the current year)
Sage Journals Online Deep Backfile (1879-2016)


CAB Abstracts Archive (1910-1989)

Who is allowed to access licensed full texts via remote access?

Users with a valid ZB MED library card may access licensed full texts. Anyone who is resident in Germany can apply for a library card by visiting ZB MED in person.

Licensed e-books and e-journals may be used by private individuals for research purposes and for educational or personal use. They may not be used for commercial purposes. 

Information on library cards

How does remote access work?

You can identify e-media on the LIVIVO search portal by loooking by the "globe icon" and "the full text online" tab. If you find a full text of an "Access Medicine" or "ProQuest EbookCentral" item, simply klick on the "full text online" tab. LIVIVO pop-up message will appear and you will be redirected to the ZB MED proxy Server. Simply login with your ZB MED library card to access the full text. Use the links above  to access other items via remote access.

Printing and downloading e-books

You may download or print out of a reasonable portion of articles or other works for your own private or other personal use to the extent permitted under § 53 of the German Copyright Act.

For your benefit, ZB MED negotiates additional rights with publisher. 

If you have further questions regarding the negotiated terms and conditions, feel free to contact us: e-mail.

§ 53 German Copyright Act

Help! I can`t access the network

Step 1: Are you online and connected?

Check that your Internet connection is working.

Step 2: Try accessing other items:

  • Verify that you are also unable to access other items. As a precaution, experiment with different publishers.
  • Sometimes the publisher limits the number of users who can access an item simultaneously. That means multiple users may not be able to access the e-book / e-journal at the same time.
  • Try again later. Occasionally one publisher's server may be overloaded or offline for maintenance work. 

Step 3: Is Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer?

To browse and print PDF files, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Alternatively you can try opening the items as HTML files. The latest version of Acrobat Reader is available from Adobe's website

Step 4: Do you have cookies activated in your browser?

Most publishers' websites require you to accept cookies. Check that you have cookies activated in your browser as follows:

  • Firefox: Tools -> Options -> Privacy -> Set the “Firefox will” option to “Use custom settings for history” -> Tick the box "Accept cookies from sites"
  • MS Internet Explorer: Tools -> Internet options -> Privacy -> Adjust your setting for the Internet zone or click Advanced for further options

Step 5: Do you have JavaScript activated in your browser?

Some publishers require JavaScript to be activated before you can use their website.

  • Firefox: Tools -> Options -> Content -> tick the box next to “Enable JavaScript"
  • MS Internet Explorer: Tools -> Internet options -> Security -> Custom level -> enable "Active Scripting"

Step 6: Contact us for help! 

To help us try to solve the problem you will need to supply us with the following information:

  • What are the details of the e-book or e-journal you are trying to access (title, year, issue, article)?
  • Are you only having problems accessing this particular item or is it a wider problem?

Occasionally publishers might block access to their data for short periods without our knowledge. We are always grateful to have this brought to our attention. We will do our best to reply to your e-mail as soon as possible.

Please respect copyright!

The law states that you may only copy small portions of copyright works, short works, or articles from newspapers or journals ("fair use"). Copying entire books, journals or newspapers is strictly prohibited. It is also prohibited to make copies of graphic representations of musical work (sheet music) unless prior written consent has been obtained  from the author. 

According to German copyright law (§53 UrhG) reproductions may only be made for certain purposes. These include private use, scholary, scientific and acaddemic usage and use in non-commercial educational institutions and vocational training. Works may not be reproduced for profit, either directly or indirecly.

Literature offered in an electronic format may not be systematically downloaded, forwarded, or used for commercial purposes. Users must comply with the license terms applicable in each case.

Reproductions of works made for private or other personal use may not be distributed.

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