Licence conditions for eBooks
You are only allowed to reproduce (e.g. copy, download) single chapters or pages, and only for personal scientific use. No disclosure to a third party. No systematic downloading by robots. (Exception: Springer eBooks can be downloaded completely.)
The University of Hamburg offers German titles from the publication years 2006-2021 for the areas
- Natural Sciences and basic sciences
- Engineering Computer Science
- Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
These include the titles of the imprints Birkhäuser, Deutscher Universitätsverlag, Gabler, Steinkopff, Teubner, Vieweg and the VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. New titles in 2020 will be added constantly.
In addition, you have access to English titles of several packages, e.g.:
- Computer Science
Publication years 2008-2022 (continuously updated)
- Intelligent Technoligies and Robotics
Publication years 2019-2022 (continuously updated
- Professional and Applied Computing
Publication years 2010-2022 (continuously updated)
Publication years 2010-2022 (continuously updated)
- Lecture Notes in Computer Science (separately)
Vol 1, 1973 and following
- Lecture Notes Archive
(National Licence Vol 1-1996)
- Biomedical and Life Science
Publication years 2011-2022 (continuously updated)
Publication years 2005-2022 (continuously updated)
- Physics and Astronomy
Publication years from early to 2022 (continuously updated)
Publication year 2017-2022 (continuously updated)
- Mathematics and Statistics
Publication years 2005-2013, 2015-2022 (continuously updated)
You can search for these books via SpringerLink There you'll get the full text as pdf. The books and articles which are not licensed are marked with
The licensed e-books are also searchable within the Campus Catalogue. Instead of shelf marks there are links that lead you to SpringerLink.
If you are within the University Hamburg IP-range, you can use the first link. In addition, members and students of the University Hamburg can use these online publications from other computers by using the second link. (A valid library card is required). Please note as well our Access conditions.
Complete downloads of e-books from the platform Springer Link are possible. Downloaded pdf files are provided DRM-free, but includes an invisible watermark due to copyright protection. Please notice: the regulations of German copyright law when using. Downloading systematically complete online books or large parts of them is usually not allowed according to the copyright law. Please pay attention especially to § 53 Copies for private and other own usage (Vervielfältigungen zum privaten und sonstigen eigenen Gebrauch) of the German Copyright Act (UrhG).
E-books on the Ebook Central platform which are licensed by the Informatics Library, are listed in the Campus Catalogue: list of available titles.
Instead of shelf marks there are links that lead you to the ebook platform.
If you are within the University Hamburg IP-range you can use the first link. In addition members and students of the University Hamburg can use these online publications from other computers by using the second link. (A valid library card is required). Please note as well our access conditions.
E-Books are licensed either with single user access or multi-user access.
Please take note:
Most titles are available with single user access. This means that only one user can work at a time with the book. Therefore please close the window at the end of the session, so other users can get access to the book. Automatic time out occurs after 15 minutes in anergic state.
On the other hand, if you get the message that your desired book is not accessible, please try again later.
We recommend that you create a personal Ebook Central account with a username and password of your choice. It is free and offers you certain Ebook Central features.
Features without a personal Ebook Central account
- Search options: Platform-spreading full text search in all licensed books
- File format: Adobe Flash/pdf
- no memory possibility
- Pressures: max. 60 pages per session = off-line read possibility, if stored as pdf
- Copy (short text passages)
- Export to RefWorks and Endnote & Citavi
Features with a personal Ebook Central account
- Download a chapter or page range as a PDF
- Download an entire book using Adobe Digital Editions
- Save (to your Bookshelf) links
- Make (and save in your Bookshelf) notes and highlights in Ebook Central books
- Create folders (in your Bookshelf) to organize your links to Ebook Central books
- Share or email folders (in your bookshelf) that contain links to Ebook Central books
Once you have a personal Ebook Central account, you will have your own personal Ebook Central Bookshelf as well. Note, preferences info (e.g., citation choice and language preference) are stored as “cookies” on the computer itself – so they follow the computer, not your personal Ebook Central account. But your Bookshelf and things specific to your username (e.g., password, name, and email address) follow your personal Ebook Central account login.
MIT Press Computing & Engineering Collection eBooks Library
The MIT Press Computing & Engineering Collection eBooks Library (currently up to publication year 2021) includes nearly 900 monographs, textbooks, and reference works. Access is available via the IEEE Xplore platform.
The books are searchable within the catalogues and - like all licensed e-books - accessible from the university IP range (or VPN). An overview of the available titles with the individual links is available via the Campus Catalogue or Katalogplus.