The access routes described below are intended for external library users. We recommend that members of the university with a valid ZIM User ID use the Wi-Fi access routes.
In the following reading rooms of the University Library, certain office PCs are fitted with wired ports that enable you to access the university network with private laptops:
- in the Central Library
- in the Nikolakloster Building
- in the Faculty of Business, Economics and Information Systems building
- in the Faculty of Computer Science and Mathematics building (only in the cubicles)
- in the Law Faculty building
How to connect your laptop in the reading room
Connect your laptop to the university network via a patch cable (not a so-called 'crossover'). You need to make sure the plug audibly clicks into the connection sockets. First, switch your laptop on when the plug has clicked in properly.
Setting up the WWW proxy
If you are using a wired port in the library with your laptop for the first time, please proceed with the configuration of the WWW proxy.
As the wired ports in the reading room make internet use only available via our WWW proxy , you first have to set this up in your browser: manual set-up of the WWW-proxy.
Access to the Passau search portal of the University Library
Via internet access, you can use the Passau Search Portal of the Library.
To use the access route, you need a valid Search Portal ID.
As a student, you receive the ID automatically with your student ID. University employees also use the CampusCard as their library card. School pupils and other interested people who are resident in Germany or Austria can also receive a library ID.
All other internet services are only available if they are WWW based and support access via a proxy. This means that you can usually call up normal internet sites without any problems. Access to streaming services is however usually not possible.
We recommend that members of the university with a valid ZIM User ID alternatively use the Wi-Fi access routes.
In order to guarantee all users sufficient access speed on the network, the bandwidth available per user for calling up larger data quantities is limited. This usually does not make a difference for normal surfing on the internet.
When starting the browser, you need to login to the respective network. Depending on the browser you are using, you then see a login dialogue box (see screenshot).
Give the User ID of your Passau Search Portal account as user name, a numerical sequence that begins with 064 and as a password, enter the password of your Search Portal account. Login is only possible for IDs with a non-empty password. After successfully logging in to the network, the dialogue box shown above disappears and the internet website you have called up will be displayed. If the login dialogue box is still shown, it means that the user name or password is incorrect. Check your details and if necessary change your password at the Info counter of the library.
Password changes made in the Search Portal are first valid for internet access on the following day. This also applies to password changes that are made by the library.
If you do not receive network access, even though you have suitable devices and a valid Search Portal ID, please check again using these instructions if you have carried out all step exactly as described. In particular, make sure that your network connection cable has correctly clicked into place on your laptop and in the connection socket. If you are unsure, check whether the connection functions on another connection socket.
If this does not function either, please get in touch with ZIM Support . Please note down in advance the point at which problems occur. If you get error notifications, please make a note of them. Please bear in mind that the advice service cannot offer support in fundamental problems about your laptop configurations (e.g. regarding hardware, installation of operating systems, driver problems).
If you receive a network connection but cannot log in to the network, it could be that your Search Portal password is wrong. You can check this by accessing one of the research terminals located near the issue desk with your Search Portal access and calling up the menu item 'Account functions → Show user data'. If your password is accepted here, it could contain a special character (e.g. an umlaut), that is not supported for network access. In this case, you should change your password so that it does not contain any special characters and try to access the network on the following day again. If you have forgotten your password, you have to have it changed at the Info counter of the library. Here too, you can first access the network on the following day.