Students and staff members of Maastricht University, MUMC+ and AV-M have off-campus access to resources licensed by the University Library, like databases, e-journals and e-books, using one of the following methods.

Access via the Library website

Run a search using the main search box on the Resources page. Starting from the library website ensures you will not encounter a paywall for online resources already available to you through the library. You will be prompted to log in using your UM/MUMC+/AV-M account, before accessing a licensed online resource.

Note:  A small number of Maastricht University’s online resources are restricted by license agreements and cannot be accessed off-campus.

Lean Library browser extension

Add the Lean Library browser extension to your internet browser. It helps you gain access when you are browsing websites with resources you need access to. For more information, visit the Lean Library Browser Extension service page for instructions and to download the extension.

Student Desktop Anywhere (SDA) - for students only

Student Desktop (SD) / Student Desktop Anywhere (SDA) provides remote access for students with a Windows desktop environment without the need to install any software. SD(A) offers all-in-one access to the Online Library, I-drive, Office 2016, and various other software like Atlas.ti, Complete Anatomy, EndNote, SPSS, MATLAB, and R, as well as faculty specific applications.

Use software provided in Student Desktop at all study places equipped with a computer at the University Library locations. With your own device, you can access Student Desktop Anywhere remotely on- and off-campus (web login).

The software offered by the University Library can be divided into generic applications for all UM students and faculty-specific applications. Individual faculty members can request specific software for teaching. Such software can be made accessible for students of that particular faculty. This means that what exactly is available to individual students might change over time. Check this list to find out which software is available in SD(A).

Extra information:

  • For easy access to SDA, install the VMware Horizon client. SDA web login user manual explains everything step-by-step.
  • For help, check the manual for installing the Horizon client: (e.g.. how to run the installation, or how to save files on your local device and the use of USB sticks. The manual is also available for other Operation Systems.
  • Consult the ICTS Self-service Portal
  • Be aware that these services are only available to UM students.
Virtual Private Network (VPN) - for staff only

The Maastricht University VPN – Virtual Private Network – connects your device safely to the university network. This is a service for UM staff working at remote locations.

After having installed and activated the VPN connection, your device will communicate with the Internet via the UM VPN server. Consequently, you can use your device as if you were on campus.

For more information, please check the ICTS manuals. If you are off-campus, you will need to log in with your UM account in order to gain access to these manuals. The UM VPN is serviced by the ICT Service Centre.

Software for your own device

Some of the software offered in Student Desktop (Anywhere), is available as a free download for students and staff, from the software downloads menu on the ICTS Self-Service Portal.

SURF, the Dutch national organization for the support of higher education, offers more software for purchase, sometimes at reduced prices for students and staff of Dutch universities. Go to the SURF website for more information and to see what software is available.