Extended opening of the university library

From 03 August 2020 the subject libraries A3 and Schloss Ehrenhof are open again for all user groups to extended opening hours and with an increased number of seats. The Central Lending Library is open with some restrictions. Access to digital media and services will remain.

Extended opening of the subject libraries

From Monday, 03 August 2020, the subject libraries A3 and Schloss Ehrenhof are open for all user groups with ecUM or library card. University members can still book their seat, but may also come to the library for spontaneous visits. Please pay attention to the display of available seats. For members of cooperating institutions and persons with a library card it is mandatory to book a seat. The A5 library and the Schloss Schneckenhof Library remain closed. Required media from these libraries can be used in the A3 Library after ordering by e-mail.

All information on the opening

Seat booking for the subject libraries A3 and Schloss Ehrenhof

Media from the subject libraries A5 and Schloss Schneckenhof

Book returns

  • Media from the Central Lending Library can be returned during the opening hours Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. via the return machine or at the security service on site.
  • Books from the the other library locations can be dropped off with the security service at the entrances of the A3 Library or the Schloss Ehrenhof Library from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Returns by mail are possible at your own expense and risk to: Universitätsbibliothek Mannheim, Ausleihe, Schloss Schneckenhof, 68131 Mannheim.

Borrowing with some restrictions

Borrowing in the Central Lending Library is possible for all user groups. Members of cooperating institutions or persons with a library card do not need to register any more before their visit.

All information on borrowing

Scan service

The University Library offers a scan service to students of the University of Mannheim. You can place scan requests via the Primo catalog for individual articles from the same scientific journal or complete chapters of books. In case of books we email up to 15 percent of the book.

Staff members and doctoral students of the University of Mannheim can continue to place scan requests as usual.

Book Delivery Service

Professors, scientific staff and doctoral students can use the book delivery service. You can order books from all library locations of the University Library to be sent to you by mail free of charge.

Electronic media

Our digital media are available to members of the University of Mannheim as usual. Electronic publications and most of the databases licensed by the University Library are accessible from off-campus. You find all electronic media in the Primo catalog and via the Database-Infosystem (DBIS).

Access to digital media

The digital media of the University Library are generally available to members of the University of Mannheim – professors, scientific staff and students – also from off-campus.

From off-campus you can access the e-book collection

  • using the VPN-Client
  • using Shibboleth – this option is not available for all electronic resources

Installing the VPN-Client

Tip: You are a member of the University of Mannheim and you can not access our e-media via VPN? Close the VPN connection, empty the cache of your browser and try again.

Many publishers temporarily allow access to e-books and e-journals for their customers or enable remote access from off-campus. The University Library also licenses additional digital resources. All publications that you can access additionally can be found on the publisher platforms and in most cases also in the Primo catalog.

Here we present a selection.


Business Expert Press

Until 15 July 2020, you have access to the Business Expert Press e-book collection via the iG Library platform.


Until the end of July 2020, all e-books on the platforms Academic Collection and Business Collection by EBSCOhost will be accessible.

Gale Reference Complete

Until 30 September 2020 you have access to Gale Reference Complete. Please enter the password "germany".


Gale Reference Complete

Until 30 September 2020 you have access to Gale Reference Complete. Please enter the password "germany".


Until 31 December 2020 all e-journals and until 31 August 2020 numerous e-books are accessible on the JSTOR platform.


The juris database can temporarily be accessed from off-campus. This gives law students remote access to numerous full texts. For remote access you need the VPN client.


If you are part of the scientific staff of the University of Mannheim, you can now get a personal account with remote access to beck-online. Please fill out the form.

Students can use the beck-online database from off campus until the end of 2020:

To set up access, you must be connected to the internet via the VPN client and register at beck-online with your university email address. Instructions can be found on the beck-online website. To use the access, you must also be connected to the internet via the VPN client and logged into your personal account.

Please note: As long as the special offer for student access applies, no access to beck-online is possible without personal registration – not even from the campus.

Additional content

In addition to the usual full texts, you have now access to:

  • the modules "Kartellrecht PLUS" and "Datenschutz- und Informationsfreiheitsrecht PREMIUM" until the end of 2020
  • the new module "Corona und COVID-19" until 31 August 2020 - please find the additional contents after your log-in to beck-online

In response to the corona virus, the publisher C.H.Beck had made the journals JuS and JA available until the end of June 2020.

Contact the University Library

You can reach us Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the UB-Chat, also via info(at)bib.uni-mannheim.de.

Contact the writing consultancy team via schreibberatung(at)bib.uni-mannheim.de.

If you have questions on subject research, our subject librarians will be happy to help you.