Library services for CEU alumni

On-site access

How do I get access?

Please obtain your Alumni Card from the Alumni Office to gain access to the Library. Library borrowing privileges are available by obtaining a supporting letter from the Alumni Office and submitting it to the Library in person. We look forward to welcoming you to the CEU Library.

What’s available?

Alumni are welcome to use the CEU Library including the books, journals, photocopiers, printers, and computer workstations and most of the electronic resources.

Off-site access to CEU Library databases

In collaboration between the CEU Library, Alumni Office and the IT Department, CEU provides alumni off-campus access to the databases listed below through special arrangements.

How do I get off-site access to databases?

Please obtain an alumni computer login/account from the Alumni Office, filling out this form.

Once you have your alumni login name and password, follow the instructions under “VPN service for alumni” on the Virtual Private Network page from the IT department.

After you have set up and connected the VPN, selected library databases will become available to you (see list on this page).

If correctly set up you will see “CEU Library” appearing as institution or provider of access on the site of these databases. For assistance with setting this up, contact the IT help desk.

  • This CEU Alumni username and password are solely for your use only. It cannot be shared with others nor can the access to these library databases be shared.
  • Accounts need to be renewed each year.

What’s available?

  • ACLS Humanities E-book – With the 2015 release, includes 4,680 titles.
  • CEEOL – Central and Eastern European Online Library – Full-text articles from over 800 current journals with backfiles, and an additional 400 journals with backfiles only.
  • JSTOR – Interdisciplinary archive of scholarship from leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and life sciences. Access to 2,642 full-text journals from these collections: Arts & Sciences I-XI, and Life Sciences.
  • Oxford English Dictionary Online – A comprehensive guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world.
  • Oxford Journals Online – Selected titles from Oxford Journals Humanities, Law and Social Sciences collections.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online – More than 8,000 electronic books from Oxford University Press in the fields of business and management, economics and finance, history, law, philosophy, political science,  and religion.
  • Project Muse – 657 full-text humanities and social sciences journals.
  • Sage Journals Online – 625 full-text journals in the humanities and social sciences fields.

If you need help with searching databases, please contact the librarian.

Recommended freely available databases

  • arXiv – E-prints in physics, mathematics, computer science, quantitative biology, quantitative finance, and statistics.
  • DART-Europe – E-theses held in European repositories.
  • DOAB – Directory of open access books.
  • DOAJ – Directory of open access journals.
  • Hathitrust – Large repository of e-books and texts.
  • HUDOC – Case-law of the European Court of Human Rights, the European Commission and the Committee of Ministers.
  • Internet Archive – Large repository of e-books and texts.
  • OAPEN – contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences.
  • OECD.StatExtracts – Comparative statistics through a wide range of short-term economic indicators. Free version.
  • ViFaOst – Interdisciplinary portal for East European studies.
  • World dataBank Online – Development indicators, and population statistics of various countries.


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