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Information about using e-media

E-books, e-journals and databases licenced by our library are freely usable only for members of the HafenCity University Hamburg or in the HCU network and the HCU-WiFi due to licencing restrictions. The IP address area of the HCU is unlocked for this purpose. If you are seated at a desktop computer on HCU premises or with your own computer or mobile device in the network of HCU-WiFi, you have access to all offers.

How can I access e-books, e-journals or databases from home?



Students and employees of the HCU may also use the VPN client worldwide from any other location (e.g. from home) to access the licenced e-books, e-journals and databases of HCU as far as the license permits. To do so an Internet connection is needed.

> Connect to the Internet> Start the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Client, as a VPN gateway. Select "vpn.hcu-hamburg.deSelect " (behind "Connect to:Select ") > Then enter your user ID and password

Then you can start your research via the library catalog and you may use the e-media that are available only in the HCU- network.

> Information and download VPN client



Shibboleth is a method that can be used for different web services and web applications for the purpose of authentication and authorization.

Shibboleth at the HCU library

Shibboleth enables access to the licensed electronic resources (databases, e-journals, e-books) from outside without having to install the VPN client Cisco first.

> Further information and function of Shibboleth

> Overview of providers that already allow external Shibboleth access 



I am a guest or a student at another university - can I use the HCU e-media ?

Students from other universities and visitors to the library may use the desktop computers in the library in order to read e-journals and databases licenced by our library, subject to licencing conditions. An Internet guest access for workstations of the library is available at the reference desk on the ground floor.

Students from other universities can connect under certain conditions with their own laptop with the HCU-WiFi-network :

> Information for students from other universities

How can I read, download or print e-books?

According to the editor and his terms and conditions of use you may read, download or print either singular pages, chapters or the entire book. In order to read our books you will need no e-book reader. Simply use your computer, Laptop, Tablet or smartphone.

In order to read any e-books an internet connection and a browser is needed. For reading an e-book presented in PDF format a PDF viewer (Adobe Reader e.g.) is required.

According to the editors’ rights of licence and their terms and conditions you may either download or print it in its entirety or in parts.
Terms and conditions vary by editor. They may be viewed on the according editor’s web pages.

Terms of use for e-media

Please take careful note of terms of the different editors/publishing houses.

The general rule is:
> Unabridged versions may only be printed or saveguarded for your own personal scientific use.
> Disclosing the contence to any third person in either the electronical way or the printed way is prohibited.
> Any systematic download by robots is prohibited.

Infos zur Nutzung von E-Medien


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