The library has purchased (licensed) numerous digital offerings. Details can be found on our website on databases, e-journals, e-books.
The Shibboleth authentication process allows access to licensed digital offerings from off campus using your personal BITS login. The installation of additional software, as with access via VPN, is not necessary. The aim of Shibboleth is to be able to use as many web-based applications as possible with just one user ID ("single sign-on procedure"). You can log in to numerous services via Shibboleth.
Login via Shibboleth
If you have any questions about the login / password, please contact the service desk at the Library Services Centre (BDZ). Please also note the general information from BITS on the page Web Authentication with Shibboleth.
Data protection and Data security
The transmission of data to other organisations is subject to data protection if personal data is involved. The Shibboleth procedure makes it possible to handle personal data particularly sparingly. In particular, your password is not transmitted to the service provider. The password is checked on servers at Bielefeld University.
Shibboleth currently does not allow a single logout. If you use shibboleth-secured services from public PCs, delete your private data (cookies) in the browser and thus your shibboleth session key.
If a provider/publisher does not provide authentication via shibboleth or you do not wish to use it, access via VPN (Virtual Private Network) is usually possible. The so-called VPN client is a software that allows students and staff of Bielefeld University to log in from anywhere their BITS ID. After logging into the VPN client, you are "virtual" on campus and can also use the services free of charge whose access is normally restricted to the campus.
Members of Bielefeld University can download the VPN software from the website of the Bielefeld IT Service Center (BITS):
Download VPN software
If you have any questions regarding the download or technical problems with the VPN client, please contact the Bielefeld IT Service Center (BITS):