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University Library of PMU

In order to meet the demand of the medicine and the enormous annual increase in knowledge, Paracelsus Medical Private University relies above all on the online access to medical journals in equipping the 260 m2 large library. Licensed journals and databases are available on the campus of the Paracelsus Medical Private University and the Salzburg University Hospital.

Library Service changes due to Coronavirus (17.11.)

The open stacks collection will remain accessible to the public. Since special guidelines and safety precautions still apply, the following health-related measures must be observed:

  • We ask you to please keep your visit to the library as short as possible.
  • The study and reading stations may not be used. PC workstations can only be used for literature search.
  • Before entering the library, visitors must disinfect their hands using the disinfectant dispenser provided and positioned next to the entrance door.
  • We kindly ask you to always keep the required minimum safety distance of one meter.
  • The seating arrangement in the reading area and at the PCs, intended to guarantee safe social distancing, may not be changed.
  • Tables and keyboards must be disinfected by each user before use (disinfectant is provided).

The following resources are available:

  • more than 5.000 licensed online journals in the area of medicine, chemistry, natural sciences, biology, pharmacy, physics
  • freely accessible journals of the Electronic Journals Library (EZB)
  • licensed databases (Medline, Evidence Based Medicine Reviews – Cochrane Library, Web of Knowledge, Journal Citation Reports, CINAHL)
  • freely accessible databases of the Database-Infosystem (DBIS)
  • e-books     

The following electronic resources are currently available in addition to our existing digital collection.

The University Library serves the students of Paracelsus Medical University and also the various educational units of the Salzburg University Hospital as research library. In addition, the University Library performs a number of functions as a central service for the university and the Salzburg University Hospital.

In addition to the University Library, students of the Paracelsus Medical Private University have access to the printed journals and the book collections of the university clinics and the library of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the Paris Lodron University in Salzburg.

Online catalog

PMU online catalog: Here you can find print media and e-books that are available in the University Library.

Other catalogs:

  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) 
    Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to academic OA peer reviewed books. Currently, it includes books from more than 300 publishers.

  • Bielefield Academic Search Engine (BASE)
    BASE is one of the world’s largest search engines for freely available academic open web and open access resources . An important feature of BASE is the disclosure of web resources of the "Deep Web".


All e-books can be accessed through the online catalog of the Paracelsus Medical University. The terms of use for e-books are defined by the publishers and thus can vary greatly. The library licenses e-books via the following platforms: Elibrary, EBSCO, Ciando and Thieme.

Access to the textbook "Pflege heute". 

How to use it: The e-book can be used on PC/desktop and mobile online and offline. A downloaded title can be used for the duration of the PMU license.
Offline reading: Download the e-book of Elibrary in the university network to your private PC, MAC, iPad or Android tablet and read conveniently at home. To read the e-Book offline, the installation of the iPublishCentralReader is required. It exists in three variants (all free of charge):

  1. For PCs/desktop devices: Adobe Air
  2. For iPad: App-format in iTunes Store
  3. For Android: App-format in Google Play

E-books on the EBSCO platform can be read online or offline. To download the file (read offline) you must create a user account (free personal registration) and install the Adobe Digital Editions (download here) or the Bluefire Reader (download here) on your PC.

How to use it: For a short tutorial on accessing e-books via EBSCO, click here. Information about offline use (borrowing) of e-books can be found here.

Ciando e-books
Ciando e-books can be downloaded with the free software Adobe Digital Editions (download here). No software is needed for reading online in your browser window.   

Within the PMU/SALK campus network, e-books can be accessed without registration. Off campus, they can be retrieved via registration on the Ciando platform. Instructions for registration can be found here. You must register with your PMU or SALK e-mail address! If you already have an account, enter your credentials at "Login with user account".

You can read your e-book online or download it to your computer. Please note that books have either a loan period of 24 hours or 336 hours. The loan period is indicated once you have selected the e-book. Books with a loan period of 24 hours cannot be used by more than one concurrent user.

Read Online: Individual pages are displayed. These can be printed but not saved.
Lending (download): The e-book is downloaded to your device. You can search within the full text. Parts of the text can be copied by "copy and paste" (10 % in 7 days). The e-books do not have to be returned, they expire automatically after 24 hours or 14 days. After the download, the e-book is protected by DRM (Digital Rights Management). You can only read it on the device on which you have downloaded it. If you authorize your devices with your Adobe ID, you can copy the e-books to multiple devices. If you do not have an Adobe ID, you can register at the following URL:

Support and information can be found on the Ciando platform under the "FAQ" tab.

Thieme eRef HNO
is an online collection of e-journals, e-books, images and reference works for the otorhinolaryngology community. The collection includes titles from various medical fields, such as Thieme’s Prometheus Atlases as well as the medical series Checklisten-Reihe.

If you have further questions, please contact the library.

via medici - study tool

Creating a free user account is required.

via medici encompasses interactive online study tools for pre-clinic and clinic including texts, IMPF question database, case studies, interactive courses, and among other things, an image database. The study tools are connected in their content. Information on registration can be found here. The registration must be carried out in the campus network. After creating an account, you can use via medici off-campus.

No registration is required for the included textbooks. Over 100 Thieme textbooks are available online as well as offline (as an app).

Electronic journals

The Electronic Journals Library lists all electronic journals of the library. In addition to the scientific journals held by the library, it also displays freely available titles as well as journals to which the university has not acquired access. It is not possible to search directly for articles (authors, titles, etc.) on the platform.

Subscribed journals are only accessible in full text within the campus network. Outside the campus network, access is possible via the external access (EZproxy). You can find information on this on our page Connect from off campus (EZproxy).

Electronic databases

The Database-Infosystem (DBIS) lists and describes different databases. They can be sorted and displayed by subject as well as by title. In addition to the licensed databases, the databases that are freely accessible are also displayed.

Short cuts to the following subject fields and databases:
Public Health
Journal Citation Reports (Impact Factor List)

Conditions of access
Licensed databases and reference works are only accessible on the university campus or at the university clinics. Members of the university can also access them off campus by using the external access (EZproxy.)

Special conditions may apply to the use of licensed resources (marked in DBIS as “campus”). These may vary depending on the publisher or the provider. Therefore, please note the terms of use provided on the platforms.

Generally applies:

  • Access to the full text is granted exclusively to members of the Paracelsus Medical Private University or the Salzburg University Hospital.
  • The full texts of articles/chapters may only be printed or saved for personal use and not for commercial purposes.
  • Systematic download of articles, chapters or search results, especially by web crawlers (search bots) is prohibited.
  • Full text may not be passed on to third parties, neither electronically nor in printed form.

With the exception of the UpToDate database, you can use our licensed databases also off campus. Further information can be found on our page Connect from off campus (EZproxy)

EndNote Basic

EndNote Basic is a web-based bibliographic-management program that allows you to easily collect and manage bibliographic data as well as PDF attachments, tables, images, etc. It will help you to correctly cite the literature references in text and to create a complete bibliography. The Paracelsus Medical University and the Salzburg University Hospital have access to EndNote Basic as a part of the license for the Web of Science database. Compared to EndNote Desktop, the range of function is more limited, but covers the needs of the students to a large extent. Unlike EndNote Desktop, it is web-based and therefore accessible from anywhere via the Internet. A major advantage of EndNote Basic is the possibility to work collaboratively. EndNote Desktop and Basic version can be used in parallel.  

Access / account
Students and employees of the Paracelsus Medical University and the Salzburg University Hospital can create a free account for Endnote Basic. To register for an account, please go the Web of Science database or to the page The required registration must be completed within the IP range of the university or the University Hospital. After the registration, you can access your EndNote Basic account from anywhere for one year. At the end of the one-year period, you will need to register once again in an authenticated session (on the campus network).

Cite While You Write
With the EndNote Basic plug-in, you can access the EndNote Basic database and automatically format citations and bibliographies as you write your work in Microsoft Word. You can download the plug-in from EndNote Basic under menu item "Options". After installing the Cite While You Write plug-in, the EndNote Basic toolbar is automatically integrated in Microsoft Word. For more detailed information, please refer to the Cite While You Write Help Pages of EndNote Basic.

EndNote for iPad App
An EndNote for iPad application can be also purchased on iTunes. In addition, EndNoteSync can be used to synchronize the desktop and the EndNote Basic version.

You can find videos and user guides for EndNote Basic on our homepage under the "E-learning" tab. 

Opening hours

Our opening hours:

  • Monday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (due to the coronavirus)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
  • Friday: 9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Overview of the closing times:

  • 12-02-2021 closed at 01:00 pm
  • 02-04-2021 (Good Friday) closed
  • 05-04-2021 (Easter Monday) closed
  • 13-05-2021 (Ascension Day) closed
  • 24-05-2021 (Whit Monday) closed
  • 03-06-2021 (Corpus Christi) closed
  • 26-10-2021 (National Holiday) closed
  • 01-11-2021 (All Saints´ Day) closed
  • 08-12-2021 (Annunciation Day) closed

The University Library is on the 2nd floor of the building B of Paracelsus Medical Private University. 

Returning the borrowed media outside opening hours:
Outside opening hours, you can use the book return box located between the two glass doors at the main entrance. The main entrance is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am on; PMU students and staff have access at all times with their university ID.
The books will be checked back on the next opening day.


Library materials may be borrowed by students, faculty, and staff of PMU or SALK, students and staff from other educational institutions such as the University of Salzburg and the University of Applied Sciences Salzburg, but, for an annual fee, also by external users.

For further information about lending conditions, number of books that can be checked out at one time, loan period and renewals, please consult the "Circulation policy".

Instructions and workshops

The library offers regularly training sessions on fixed dates. For groups of 5 persons or more, we offer the sessions listed below as well as other workshops by prior arrangement. If you are interested in training, please contact us.
Brief descriptions of the library instruction sessions can be found below.

Training offer:

Introduction to the University Library of PMU:
This course provides an overview of what the University Library has to offer, the lending modalities, an introduction to using the online catalog, online journals and an overview of the databases available.

Introduction to the PubMed database:
In this workshop, you will receive an introduction to the most important medical literature database PubMed (Medline). You will become familiar with how to access PubMed and understand its content/structure. Furthermore, you will learn how to conduct searches using a medical index (MeSH Terms), save permanently search strategies, and set up alert services (My NCBI). With hands-on exercises on the PC!

Introduction to the OvidSP Medline database:
The following program features among others are offered: Comparison of Medline via OvidSP vs. Medline via PubMed, advanced search strategies, practical limitation of the number of hits, Medical subject headings, access to full text, personal accounts, saving the search strategy, setup of alert services. With hands-on exercises on the PC!

Introduction to the CINAHL database:
At this session you will get an introduction to the database CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature). The database offers literature references from manly English language journals on nursing, nursing science, and healthcare. You will become familiar with the key functionalities of the database: advance search strategies, optimizing search strategies, managing search results, researching in the thesaurus, alert services. With hands-on exercises on the PC!

Conducting effective research in databases:
You will get an overview of the Database-Infosystem (DBIS). A selection of licensed databases will be presented such as UpToDate, Medline, Web of Science. How to search them will be demonstrated on the basis of search examples. Furthermore, it will be explained how to access licensed full text.

Introduction to the reference management tool EndNote Basic:
At this workshop you become familiar with the software interface. In addition, the following functions and tools will be introduced by using hands-on exercises: Manual creation and import of references from databases, internet, etc. into EndNote Basic, the management of references, the creation of references and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, automatic formatting of the bibliography.

Searching in Web of Science:
This multidisciplinary bibliographic database comprises bibliographic data from journals, proceedings, etc. from the natural sciences and technology, the arts and humanities as well as from the social sciences.
This workshop offers an introduction to the research strategies and techniques through practical search examples, the management of the researched data, output options and alert services. The special features of this database, the search for citations of scientific articles (cited references), which enable citation analysis (Who cites whom? Who is cited by whom?), and the creation of citation maps as well as citation reports are demonstrated. 


PMU tutorials are provided to help you use the library and its resources. A selection of videos and instructions is available for research in various subject databases, e-books platforms and for using EndNote Basic.

1. PMU tutorials
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2. Videos and instructions on databases:
Basic Searching Tutorial by EBSCOhost (4 min) (English)
Advanced Searching Tutorial by EBSCOhost (4 min) (English)
MeSH Headings in CINAHL by EBSCOhost (4 min) (English)
EBSCO Tutorials (English)

Journal Citation Reports
Journal Profile Quick Tour by Clarivate Analytics (5 min) (English)

Livivo – ZB MED-Search Portal for Live Sciences
Help index: A to Z (English)

MEDLINE Tutorials by OVID (English)
Ovid Support and Training Center (English)
MEDLINE (Ovid) Tutorials (English) (Univ. of British Columbia)

Quick Tours/Online Training by NIH (English)

Journals - SpringerLink Tutorial by Springer (5 min) (English)

Web of Science
Search Tips (5 min) (English)
All Databases Search (3 min) (English)
Web of Science Core Collection Help
by Clarivate Analytics (English)
More videos and trainings by Clarivate Analytics (English)

3. Videos and instructions for ebooks:
Searching ebooks (2 min) (English)
Reading ebooks (3 min) (English)
Downloading ebooks (3 min) (English)
Exporting ebooks pages to Google Drive (2 min) (English)

4. Videos and instructions on reference management tool:
EndNote Basic
Quick Reference Guide by Clarivate Analytics (English) 
Installing the Windows Internet Explorer & Cite While You Write Plug-in (3 min) (English)
Installing the Macintosh Cite While You Write Plug-in (2 min) (English) 

Open Access

Open Access Publishing free of charge
The Paracelsus Medical Private University (PMU) has signed three publishing agreements for OA publishing. These agreements refer to subscription journals (hybrid OA) as well as for gold open access journals (Elsevier). Members of the Paracelsus Medical University or the University Hospital Salzburg can publish their articles in journals published by Elsevier, Springer or Wiley Publishing Open Access without any additional costs (Article Processing Charges, APC). Additionally, all university members have online access to over 2,300 Elsevier journals, 2,000 Springer journals and over 1,500 Wiley journals.

OA-Publishing in Elsevier journals:
Who can use the offer?
Members of the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg or the University Hospital Salzburg 

  • who are a Corresponding Author
  • whose article has been accepted for a journal suitable for Open Choice or in a gold open access journal
  • whose articles belong to one these types: Case report (CRP), Data (DAT), Full-lenght article (FLA), Microarticle (MIC), Practice guidelines (PGL), Protocol (PRO), Review article (REV), Replication studies (RPL), Short communication (SCO), Short survey (SSU), Video article (VID)

Which journals are covered by the agreement?
A complete list of over 1,700 subscription journals as well as over 400 gold open access journals in which you can publish open access at no additional cost may be found here List of journals. Color-in-print-charges are not covered by this agreement and must be paid by the author.

How does it work?
Once an article has been accepted, the Corresponding Author will be asked to confirm their affiliation to Paracelsus Medical University and to agree to the Open Access terms. Please use your institutional email address to facilitate verification of your affiliation. After the authorization verification through the University Library, you will receive a licence agreement by Elsevier, which you must sign and return to the publisher via the author dashboard together with the selected CC licence,

OA-Publishing in Springer journals:
Who can use the offer?
Members of the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg or the University Hospital Salzburg 

  • who are a Corresponding Author
  • whose article has been accepted for a journal suitable for Open Choice
  • whose articles belong to one these types: Original Paper, Review Paper, Brief Communication or Continuing Education

Which journals are covered by the agreement?
A complete list of the 1,600 subscription journals in which you can publish open access at no additional cost may be found here. Color-in-print-charges are not covered by this agreement and must be paid by the author.

How does it work?
Once an article has been accepted, the Corresponding Author will be asked to confirm their affiliation to Paracelsus Medical University and to agree to the Open Access terms. Please use your institutional email address to facilitate verification of your affiliation. If an article is published under this agreement, the author is requested to ensure that the PMU is listed in the article’s PDF format.

Further information regarding publishing via Springer Compact can be found here.

OA-Publishing in Wiley journals:
Who can use the offer?
Members of the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg or the University Hospital Salzburg 

  • who are a Corresponding Author (Attention: a subsequent alteration is not possible)
  • whose article has been accepted for a journal suitable for Open Choice
  • whose articles belong to one of these types: Primary Research or Review Paper

Which journals are covered by the agreement?
Open Access can be published in over 1,300 subscription journals with an Open Access option. You can find the list here.

How does it work?
After your article is accepted, select the option “Online Open” on the Wiley-Author Services Dashboard. Confirm your affiliation to the Paracelsus Medicinal Private University. Wiley will then check your eligibility for funding. Information about the agreement can be found here. Furthermore, a short instruction about the process is available on the Wiley-Author Services Interface (PDF-Link).

What are the advantages for the authors?

  • High visibility of your work, as all articles are freely accessible online immediately after publication
  • Easy compliance with open-access mandates (e.g. FWF, Horizon 2020)
  • Subsequent use of articles based on Creative Commons licenses
  • Automated deposit in PubMed Central (PMC)/Europe PMC
  • Open-access charges (APC) will be settled centrally by the library

Funding for OA publishing in high-ranking journals:
Furthermore, there is the possibility of funding for Open Access publications in high ranking journals. The publishing charges will be partially or fully reimbursed if certain criteria apply, and if they are not covered by other funding sources.

Who can use the offer?
Members of the Paracelsus Medical University Salzburg or the University Hospital Salzburg who are Corresponding Authors.

What are the criteria?
Cost coverage depends on the current Impact Factor according to the Journal Citation Report. For further details, please click here.

Mag. Cvetka Lipuš, MLIS
Tel.: +43-662-2420-80130

Team & contact

For general questions, please use following e-mail address:

Mag. Cvetka Lipuš, MLIS
Library Director

Phone: +43 662 2420-80130
Mobile: +43 699 12420107
Cornelia Maier

Phone: +43 662 2420-80131
Sophie Freinhofer-Plappert, BA

Phone: +43 662 2420-80132

Suggestions | Inqueries| Others

If you could not find a book in our online catalog and think that it should be in the library of the Paracelsus Medical University, you can make a purchase suggestion.

Should you have any suggestions or requests concerning our services, we are always interested in your feedback! 

Send your message (with name, subject and requests) to one of the above e-mail addresses. We will gladly answer all inquiries!