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Supraregional access

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

Which content is accessible via supraregional access?

Who is allowed to access licensed full texts?

How does supraregional access work?

Printing and downloading e-books

Help! I cannot access the material. 

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Which content is accessible via supraregional access?

User with a valid ZB MED library card may access the following e-books from outside the ZB MED reading room (Cologne):

E-books of the supplier ProQuest via platform ebrary

E-book database "Access Medicine" of publisher McGraw-Hill

Who is allowed to access licensed full texts?

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 the ZB MED in person.

Licensed e-books may be used for internal research or educational or personal purposes. 

For commercial usage users are welcome to order documents using the document delivery service of ZB MED.

Information on library cards

Information on the documet delivery service

How does supraregional access work?

You can search for e-books in our subject areas by visiting our search portal LIVIVO. E-books are identifiable by the media type icon “online” (globe icon) and the tab “full text online”. Each licensed online title links directly to the full text. By clicking the link you are forwarded at first to an info page for access rights and secondly to the publisher’s server. The links will work, if you have previously installed ZB MED’s proxy server. It is mandatory to identify yourself as a ZB MED-user with your login details. You were issued your login details with your ZB MED-library card. 

To simplify the usage, you may also install the free-of-charge Firefox and Google-Chrome add-on FoxyProxy.

Important information for setting up the ZB MED-proxy server 

Proxy-Name: ZB MED Proxy server
Port: 8081
Authentication: Username (your 11-digit card number at the back of your library card) and PIN (your 6-digit birth date by default)  

Subscription-URL: Whitelist

Instructions on how to install FoxyProxy (PDF)

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: Check your browser settings:

Make sure, you have installed ZB MED-proxy server. Information on how to install ZB MED-proxy server can be found on LIVIVO.

Introduction on how to install the proxy server (PDF)

You can test the installation of the ZB MEDproxy server on the website The test was successful if the resulting IP is 

You can only test your IP on above mentioned website because only this website is routed through the ZB MEDproxy server. Any other testing website will display an IP your internet provider uses.

Step 3: 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. You may access the e-book or e-journal, as soon as another user has logged off.
  • Try again later. Occasionally one publisher's server may be overloaded or offline for maintenance work. 

Step 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 arts or music recordings. 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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