Information about Covid-19

The online Library remains open: our services

In this COVID-19 FAQ section we detail our current services and the additional electronic resources available from Rostock University Library until 20 April 2020. The list of extended access platforms will be expanded continuously.

Frequently Asked Questions (as of 31 March 2020)

How long will the libraries remain closed?

In order to limit COVID-19 infections, all of our library buildings are expected to stay closed up to and including 19 April 2020.

Can I still order physical books?

No. You cannot order any physical items for as long as the library is closed. Items you had ordered prior to the closure period cannot be picked up at this time.

While the libraries are closed, we offer a digital campus delivery service / scanning service for all academic staff in order to provide journal articles and book excerpts for teaching and research.

How do I order journal articles and book excerpts?

How do I order journal articles and book excerpts?

University staff can order digital copies of journal articles and book excerpts (as per copyright regulations) via the digital campus delivery service. You need a library account to use this service. 

Can I still borrow physical books?

No. You cannot borrow any analog media while the library is closed. We cannot process orders from the closed stacks, preorders, or interlibrary loans at this time.

Can I use the library's electronic resources?

If you are a member of Rostock University, you can access our electronic resources from home. Please refer to the general access provisions for further information.

We offer a large number of e-books, e-journals, and databases. Guidance on how to find and use our electronic resources is included on our E-Journals/Print Journalsand Books/E-Bookspages.

Further information on the digital services your department offers can be found here:

Can I still order interlibrary loans?

No. Interlibrary loans are not available at this time.

Can I place an item on hold?

Yes. You may continue to place items on hold; however, please note that you cannot actually borrow anything until the library reopens and the item currently on loan is returned. You will receive an email notification once your item is ready for collection.

What happens if I currently have books on loan? Will the loan period be extended?

As you cannot return any physical items while the library is closed, we ask that you please hold onto any books and interlibrary loans you currently have.

All loan periods have been suspended while we are closed. They will start up again once we reopen. We will neither send reminders nor charge you any late fees. You do not need to renew your loans during this time.

What happens to my long-term locker?

The loan period for lockers has been suspended while the library is closed. You will be able to renew your long-term locker loan and collect any items from your locker once we reopen. If there are important items in your locker (laptop, passport, etc.) please contact us at .

How do I hand in my dissertation?

Hard copies of dissertations or habilitation treatises can only be submitted by post at this time.

Please feel free to complete the digital submission form and upload your PDF/A file; however, we expect that any processing (submission confirmation, publication, etc.) will only occur once we reopen.

Open Access Funding

Please continue to send applications for Open Access publication funding to . Our Open Access Team is available to answer questions on OA publications and funding opportunities at the same address. For further information, please visit Open Access publication.

My library card is about to expire / has expired: how can I renew it?

All library card that are valid until 1 June 2020 will be automatically extended until 1 July 2020. Exceptions are library cards that have expired already, as well as locked accounts.

Should your card have expired or your account be locked, please contact .

Extended access platforms

Juris database - extended access until mid of April

Due to the closure of the university and the university library, access to the "Juris" database has been extended. Until the middle of April you can access the database via remote access.

ProQuest Ebook Central - Unlimited access until June 2020!

ProQuest Ebook Central is switching titles from over 50 publishers acquired by Rostock University Library to an unlimited access (UA) model. This means that any number of university members can access titles on the Ebooks Central platform at the same time until the middle of June (around 15 June 2020).

The list of participating publishers is expanding continuously.

You can access ProQuest Ebook Central via VPN/ remotely and via DBIS.

ProQuest: Academic Complete package free until 30.06.2020

In addition to its Unlimited Access upgrade for Ebook Central. ProQuest are now offering a free 3-month trial of the multidisciplinary Academic Complete package, which contains more than 188,000 Ebook Central titles. You can use Academic Complete via VPN/ Remote Access.

Further information on Academic Complete.

ProQuest Central Database: multidisciplinary research database free until 30.06.2020

The ProQuest Central database - a comprehensive, multidisciplinary research database - is now available for free via VPN / Remote Access.

List of all databases included in ProQuest Central.

JoVe - Free Science Education content until 15 June 2020

JoVe's Science Education videos are now accessible to teachers and students for free until 15 June 2020. In order to view the content, you need a personal account. You can register your account.

++ Coronavirus - Free Research Community Content ++

Tectum eLibrary free until 17 April 2020

You can access the Tectum eLibrary for free via VPN/ Remote Access.

Tectum eLibrary's subject areas include Law, Political Science, Economics, Media & Communication Studies, History, Sociology, Education, Cultural Studies, Europe, Health Sciences, Philosophy, and Religion.

Elsevier: ScienceDirect textbooks freely accessible until approx. 20 June 2020

Elsevier has made all ScienceDirect textbooks accessible for free(256 titles; for the next 3 months for now). You can find a list of these textbooks at the top of this page.

++ Elsevier Coronavirus Information Center ++

Elsevier’s free health and medical research on novel coronavirus (COVID-19)

Elsevier's "ClinicalKey Student Foundation" accessable from 02.04.2020 until 30.04.2020

Elsevier's "ClinicalKey Student Foundation" is free to use via VPN/ Remote Access from 02.04.2020 until 30.04.2020.

Please note: You need to create a personal user account in order to unlock both content and site functionality. A user account also enables various customisation options, such as annotations, highlighting, commenting, and exporting your notes and highlights to OneNote.

This time-limited trial is part of product testing and subject to Elsevier's general Terms and Conditions.  

Cambridge University Press: Textbooks, Companions, Histories and Elements freely accessible until 31.05.2020

Approximately 700 textbooks on the Cambridge Core Platform are free to use via VPN / Remote Access until the end of May 2020 (HTML: read only, no download!). 

In addition, the Cambridge Reference Collection is completely free, meaning that Cambridge Companions, Cambridge Histories and Cambridge Elements can also be accessed via VPN/ Remote Access.

VPN / Remote Access via
About the collections

News and updates regarding this service

Please note that Rostock University Library olds licences for an Evidence Based Selection Model for Cambridge Core titles, making more than 30.000 Cambridge Core titles available for free until 31 December 2020, both in HTML format and as a download.

We also own a large number of Cambridge Histories and Companions titles. Search for these in our online catalogue or directly on Cambridge Core (VPN/ Remote Access).

CABI Global Health - Corona-related contents free for 3 months

Corona-related contents from the databases "Global Health" and  CABI's "CAB Abstracts" are available for free for the next three months.

You need to register at these websites and then enter the code CV8TJTCCK88 under ‘Redeem a voucher’ to access this content.

Nomos eLibrary: Free access extended until 17 April

As of 20 March 2020, all Nomos eLibrary titles are free to use via VPN/ Remote Access for 4 weeks. You can also access the library via DBIS.

Contents include the subject areas Law, Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Philosophy, History, Media and Communication Studies, Journalism, Film Studies, and Dramatics.

MUSE: Free access to a variety of eJournals/eBooks

A number of publishers (primarily University Presses) are making a selection of their electronic resources available for free on MUSE. The period during which access is free varies from publisher to publisher.

WILA Arbeitsmarkt Umwelt / Kultur available as an ePaper until 30.04.2020

The research job aggregator WILA has combined their WILA Arbeitsmarkt Umwelt and Arbeitsmarkt Kultur jobs under "WILA Arbeitsmarkt".  Job postings are now available subscription-free as an ePaper until the end of April. Members of Rostock University can read the paper via VPN/ Remote access.


Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: All ebooks free until 20.04.2020

Publishers Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht offer all users free access to all ebooks in the V&S eLibrary until 20 April 2020 via VPN/ Remote Access.

Duke University Press: Euclid and e-Duke resources free until 30.06.2020

University members can access the following resources for free for the next 90 days:

VPN / Remote Access via Dukeupress
1) e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection

2) e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection


VPN / Remote Access via Projecteulid
1) Euclid Prime Collection 

2) MSP on Euclid

3) Duke Mathematical Journal & DMJ100

Please note: 
The free "Project Euclid" resources may still show the locked symbol - please ignore this and try to access them regardless.

SAP eBook Library: Free trial until 31.05.2020

Publisher Espresso Tutorials is offering an extended free trial of their SAP eBook Library. Access is free until 31 May 2020, using the following log-in credentials:

SAP eBook Library
password: SAP2020

Bloomsbury: "Bloomsbury Collections" e-book platform and other collections free until 31.05.2020

The e-book platform "Bloomsbury Collections", containing approximately 10,000 titles, is now free to use for a limited time via VPN/ Remote Access.

The same applies to the following collections (free accessable till 31.05.2020 via VPN / Remote)

1) Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
2) Bloomsbury Cultural History
3) Drama Online

JSTOR - expanded free access to e-journals/ e-books until 30.06.2020

JSTOR are making an expanded set of content freely available to participating institutions, including the JSTOR journal collections/ archives and e-books. These resources are available via VPN/ Remote Access until the end of June 2020.

Information on expanded access to content

WoltersKluwer/ Ovid: various resources free until 30.05.2020

The following resources are freely accessible on Ovid (via VPN/ Remote Access) until 30.05.2020 


1) LWW Health Library

2) Acland Anatomy

3) Bates Visual Guides

4) 5 Minute Clinical Consult

5) GIDEON (Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Online Network)

Please note the Terms of Use.