Search databases, read e-journals and e-books at home or abroad. The off-campus-access allows you to access publications licensed to the University computer network – as if you were physically on campus.
After logging in to our EZProxy server (using your ZIM username and password, the same one you use for Stud.IP), you will be recognised as an authorised user by the providers of licensed electronic resources in the current browser session. The advantage of this authentication method is that almost all providers of electronic resources are accessible, with the exception of beck-online and the beck-e-bibliothek.
Increasingly, providers of electronic resources are offering an 'institutional login' or similarly-named login on their websites. The authentication method behind this is usually Shibboleth. The way this method works is that the user first selects their authentication point from a list, e.g. the University of Passau. After logging in with their ZIM credentials, the user is returned to the provider's website and registers as an authorised user of the University of Passau. The disadvantage of this method is that not all providers support Shibboleth logins.
A special feature is the so-called home access for the Beck-online database and the Beck eLibrary. Here a 2-factor authentication is required: Factor 1: set up a personal Beck-online account, authenticate with activation link in the mail to the Uni-Mail address. Factor 2: in addition there is the security code which is generated by an authentication app on the smartphone and which completes the login at every Beck-online session.
Instructions for setting up Beck-online home access (german only)
You will not be able to access the library electronic resources when connecting through the campus VPN. Please use the EZProxy Sign-In or the Shibboleth Login in the section above to access electronic resources from outside the University's computer network.
Authentication via EZproxy or Shibboleth is only possible if you have a ZIM username and password. Non-university members can only use licensed e-journals, e-books and databases on site at the research stations in the reading rooms. A valid library card is required.