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

Which content is accessible via remote access?

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

How does remote access work?

Printing and downloading e-books

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Which content is accessible via remote access?

User with a valid ZB MED library card may access the following licensed e-media from outside the ZB MED reading room Cologne via these links:

E-Book Collections:

Access Medicine (McGraw-Hill)

eBook Collection (EBSCOhost), 1995-2006

ProQuest EbookCentral (current titles of different publishers)

2016 LWW Clasic 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- nicht der aktuelle Jahrgang)

Sage Journals Online Deep Backfile (1879-2016)


CAB Abstracts Archive (1910-1989)

Who is allowed to access licensed full texts via supraregional 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 for internal research or educational or personal purposes. 

Information on library cards

How does supraregional access work?

In our search portal LIVIVO e-media are identifiable by the media type icon “online” (globe icon) and the tab “full text online”. If you have found a licenced fulltext of the products "Access Medicine" or "ProQuest EbookCentral", klick on the field "fulltext online". You will be redirected via a LIVIVO information page to the login site of ZB MED proxy server. There you can login with your ZB MED-library card and after that you can use the fulltext.
All further offerings with supraragional access are accessible via the above mentioned links.

Printing and downloading e-books

You may download or create printouts of a reasonable portion of articles or other works for your own internal or personal use as allowed under § 53 German Copyright Act.

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

If you have further questions regarding the negotiated terms and conditions, you are welcome to contact: e-mail.

§ 53 German Copyright Act

Help! I cannot 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 number of simultaneous access is limited by the publisher. That means, in these cases multiple users can not 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 websit

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!

Only small parts of copyright protected works, i.e. published parts of works, short works or articles from newspapers or journals, are allowed to be reproduced. However, it is neither allowed to copy entire books, journals or newspapers, nor to reproduce any graphic representation of works of music (notes). The latter require the author’s previously written agreement.

According to article 53 German copyright law (§53 UrhG) any kind of reproduction is only allowed for the following purposes; this includes in particular but not exclusively private use, scholarly, scientific and academic usage, use in noncommercial educational institutions and vocational training or education. Excerpts and reproductions must not, neither directly nor indirectly, be made for any purpose for profit.

The Electronic Literature offered may neither be downloaded, forwarded nor used for commercial purposes. All users must comply with the prevailing copyright and license regulations.

Reproductions as print copies, downloads, etc. made for personal use only, may not be distributed.

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