They told me that it is possible through some sort of "non-paid contract" and I provided documents for this. Then, just before the long Easter weekend, the secretary emailed to tell me that in fact the "non-paid contract" isn't possible unless I'm registered as a student. Although I am indeed a student, I am not registered through the university as such. It costs money and isn't required by my program. Well, she wanted me to be registered within two days.
I contacted Mainz and was told it takes weeks to register, but they would send me the forms by mail. I told the secretary about this problem and she said I might as well just register in Heidelberg instead, and the cost would be around 100 EUR. Then we all left on our respective vacations.
When I returned I tried to get things in motion to register in Heidelberg, but I was apparently confused about what is necessary. How can I register at a university where I'm not studying? I tried finding out some information, but was sent in a giant circle from one phone number at the university to another. Finally, the secretary's vacation-time replacement helped me, and it looked like things might be working out. It was all going to be finalized this week.
Today I got an email from the secretary informing me that the cost to register here in Heidelberg will actually be nearly 600 EUR for one semester. This is outright impossible. I just don't have the money and to save that much, I'd settle for getting friends to help me find full-text articles and whatever else I need. Also, having the "non-paid contract" still means I'd have to give the secretary a time schedule of when I will be in and out, when really I wasn't planning on having a schedule, just coming in when I need some articles!
So, I'm back to trying with Mainz, as my deadline for getting it done has been slightly extended and I might still be able to pull it off. I know it was much less than 500 EUR when I registered there my first semester. I emailed them with some questions and received the following email in response:
This e-mail was sent from an unmonitored e-mail-address and we areWhat the hell!? What next!? All this just to have access to scientific journals. I have my own computer, I have SAS and Excel and Word and internet access, all I need is access to journals....
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