The University Library holds a large number of e-books, e-journals, e-papers and databases. All electronic media (licensed and free) are listed and accessible via the KARLA catalogue portal. Licensed e-journals can also be accessed via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB), for databases the access can alternatively be used via the Database Information System (DBIS).

Generally, all library users can access licensed e-media – provided they have a valid library card.
With regard to accessibility please note the license conditions of the individual offers.

If you have any questions, suggestions or requests regarding our electronic media, please feel free to contact the e-media group.

Access to e-media

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Within the campus network

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Outside the campus network

We are happy to receive your purchase suggestions and check whether a campus licence is available. Please use the online form on the University Library website.

Many of the e-books listed in KARLA are hosted on the Ebook Central platform. Here you will find the most important information about using these e-books:

  • Ebook Central offers additional functions for registered users (setting up a personal bookshelf, making notes, markings, bookmarks, etc.). In principle, however, registration is NOT required to use e-books from EBook Central.
  • The use of e-books is regulated by the publishers' DRM (Digital Rights Management), so that usually only a certain proportion of a book can be downloaded, printed and copied per day. This proportion may be higher for registered users, but the restriction is not completely removed.

Some e-books listed in KARLA can initially only be read for five minutes. They are part of our demand-driven acquisition programme, which helps us to use our acquisition budget efficiently and in line with demand. We only buy these e-books when users want to continue reading or download them. You can suggest titles  for purchase directly via the Ebook Central platform after you have registered there. After a brief review, we will notify you of the purchase (usually within one day). There are no costs for you. If you do not wish to register with Ebook Central, you can alternatively send us your purchase suggestion via the online form on the University Library's website.

Whether downloading is completely or partially possible or not allowed at all depends on the licence conditions from the publishing house or provider. You can find an overview in the conditions of use.


You can restrict your hit list to e-media by using filters in the KARLA catalogue portal.

  • Select Online under the heading Access Type in Books & more. If you want to further restrict your search to different types of publications like books or journals, choose this setting under the heading Format.
  • Select the search limiter Linked Full text in Articles & more. This will show all media that have been licensed by the University Library as well as open access media.

Access to e-journals is granted via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB). The traffic light symbol next to each specific journal title indicates whether the University Library has access to the journal in question

  • Green - free access
  • Yellow - License for Kassel University
  • Red - no license for Kassel University

Whether a specific volume of the journal is accessible, is indicated under Online availability: fulltexts available.

The Datenbase Information System (DBIS) lists all available databases. You will find information about the contents of each database in the full entry. There are also coloured icons similar to the Electronic Journals Library.


This database is accessible only to university members. To Login at the HAN server from outside the university network, either enter your library card number or your uni-account. You also need to register on the Beck platform. Enter your university e-mail address when registering, private e-mail addresses will not be accepted. You will need to use your personal login on the Beck-online platformwithin the university network as well.

Read more in our Blog or refer to our Videotutorials.

Special conditions of use for Beck-online

This database is accessible only to university members from outside the university network. To Login at the HAN server from outside the university network, either enter your library card number or your uni-account. Access is possible for all patrons of the library within the university network.


E-papers are daily and weekly newspapers published online. The University Library offers access to numerous titles. You can find a list under Newspapers as E-Papers.


In the Murhard Library at Brüder-Grimm-Platz, we offer newspaper tablets for you to use our electronic services on site. The devices can be borrowed and returned at the service desk.

The tablets provide access to the following apps:

  •     Pressreader
  •     E-Paper HNA (current issue + archive)
  •     Onleihe
  •     Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
  •     Database Information System (DBIS)
  •     as well as direct access to the various electronic press services licensed by the University Library.

Please note the terms of use.