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Basic Operations in the Central Library from
19 March to 10 May – Use Our Online Services

The Central Library’s (ZB) portals and digital services can be used from home without any restrictions via Shibboleth or a VPN. Some other services are affected by the preventives measures aimed at containing the coronavirus.


The good news
The following electronic services are available
Accessing ZB’s electronic licences and services via Shibboleth
Accessing ZB’s electronic licences and services via VPN
The following services are also still available
The following services are suspended or relocated, or will reopen when basic operations have ended
Sources on the coronavirus
Your contacts at ZB

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18 March 2020

In accordance with the preventive measures published in an extra newsletter and a press release on 17 March by the Board of Directors of Forschungszentrum Jülich, the Central Library is also adapting its range of services.
Forschungszentrum Jülich – Pressemitteilung – Forschungszentrum geht in Basis-Betrieb (17.03.2020) (in German)

We will be updating this announcement with the latest information during basic operations.


The good news:

We will still be offering most services. You will not notice any difference when it comes to our electronic resources in particular.
Deadlines for returning books are all postponed until after basic operations have ended. You will not receive any reminders from us during basic operations.
The publishers’ electronic services, the portals (JuLib eXtended information portal, JuSER publications portal), and ZB’s digital services (e.g. DMP tool, Jülich DATA, article alert service) can still be used without any restriction.


The following electronic services are available:


Accessing ZB’s electronic licences and services via Shibboleth:

Our licensed electronic resources from many providers are available for access via Shibboleth. Forschungszentrum Jülich takes part in this secure authentication method through the DFN-AAI Federation.

In order to use electronic resources off campus in this way, select “Institutional Login”, “Login via Institution”, or “Login via Shibboleth” for the respective provider.
It may be necessary to first select the region (Germany Higher Education) or federation (DFN-AAI) and then select the institution (Forschungszentrum Jülich). Your Jülich email address and password should then be used to log in.

Authentication via Shibboleth is already set up for the following providers:
(As of 16 March 2020)

  • AAAS (Science)
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Physics
  • American Physical Society
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Annual Reviews
  • British Medical Journal
  • Cambridge University Press
  • De Gruyter
  • Electrochemical Society
  • IEEE
  • Institute of Physics
  • Microbiology Society
  • Nature
  • Oxford University Press
  • Reaxys
  • Royal Society of Chemistry
  • ScienceDirect
  • Scopus
  • SPIE Digital Library
  • Springer
  • Statista
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Web of Science
    incl. licensed databases
  • Wiley
  • WISO

Access via Shibboleth is being continuously expanded conditionally on the availability of the respective providers.


Accessing ZB’s electronic licences and services via VPN:

All electronic services can be accessed via a VPN connection. Along with the media licensed by the Central Library, this also applies to discounts on publication charges from some publishers (BioMed Central, Copernicus, MDPI, PLoS, and Springer Open).

A VPN tunnel is a secure connection to the company network of Forschungszentrum Jülich. It allocates the IP range of Forschungszentrum Jülich to your own PC as an external computer. However, it is impossible to ensure that the VPN server is not overloaded during basic operations. Therefore, we recommend using Shibboleth to access our services wherever possible.
Internet (ZB) – Accessing ZB’s electronic licences and services via VPN


The following services are also still available:


The following services are suspended or relocated, or will reopen when basic operations have ended:


Sources on the coronavirus:

Robert Koch-Institut (RKI) – Infektionskrankheiten A-Z – COVID-19 (Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2)
World Health Organization (WHO) – Emergencies – Coronavirus disease 2019
Springer Nature – SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19
Elsevier – Novel Coronavirus Information Center
Dimensions – Google Docs – Dimensions COVID-19 publications, data sets, clinical trials – updated daily


Your contacts at ZB:

Your usual contacts can be reached by email.
Internet – Members of staff

We plan for one employee to be on site in the Central Library building every day, who will be able to process your enquiries from 09:00 to 16:00.
Tel: +49 2461 61-6110

Please use our ZB Contact Box or write us an email for general enquiries during basic operations.
We are available from 09:00 to 12:00 and from 13:00 to 16:00.
Email: zb-auskunft@fz-juelich.de
ZB Contact Box


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