Information on Using E-Books and Databases

The University Library provides access to a comprehensive and licensed collection of subject-specific e-books and databases.

Our e-books and databases can be found in the Primo catalog. You can also access our databases via the database and information system (DBIS). The e-books can be opened and read on every computer, laptop or tablet.


As student or staff member of the University of Mannheim you can use our services:

  • on campus via computers or the eduroam wireless
  • outside the university network by using the VPN client.
    Please make sure to select the “WebVPN” group when logging in to the VPN Client. If you select “WebVPN Split”, you do not have access to licensed electronic resources.
  • outside the university network by using Shibboleth – this option is not available for all electronic resources.

Some electronic resources can only be accessed on the campus.

Members of cooperating institutions and private users holding a library card can access most licensed e-books and databases at the library’s computers. Access from outside the University Library is not possible because the license agreements of the publishers regularly do not permit this.

Information on eduroam by the University IT

Install the VPN Client of the University of Mannheim

Terms of use

You must not disclose your personal login data to third parties.

You can save and print individual pages or chapters for personal use or research purposes only. The use of electronic resources is subject to copyright law. Please also note the terms of use specified by the publishers and other providers.

The publisher’s copy protection mechanism must not be circumvented. Systematically downloading e-books or database content is prohibited. Full-text documents, whether in print or in digital form, may not be distributed to third parties.

The electronic resources team is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please send us an e-mail to: e-medien.ub