Print books & e-books

Lib4RI's collections of books and other media are listed in our swisscovery catalogue. They currently include some 750,000 e-books and 100,000 print books that are licensed and purchased. Additonally, you can find millions of media held by some 490 other swiss academic libraries.

  • Affiliates of Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL have access to the media listed below free-of-charge. An institutional network connection (from outside via VPN) is required
  • E-books are readily accessible via the tab «Available Online»
  • Print books may be requested for loan and are delivered to your home library (see Borrow Books).
  • Alternative search options for e-books are given via the individual publishers listed below.

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  • Conference proceedings from technical divisions' symposia of the American Chemical Society (ACS) from 1974 onwards.

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  • Browse ACSESS' Digital Library for books and multimedia products published by the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

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    • The AIP 2021 e-book collection covers subjects such as chemistry, physics, material sciences and engineering.
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    • The AIP Conference Proceedings report findings presented at many of the most important scientific meetings around the world.
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  • Access to the complete proceedings collection from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE Library).

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  • Access to e-books between 1993-2017 and to all conference proceedings.


  • Access to 50 titles from Artech House.

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  • Users at Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL have access to all books and textbooks.

  • Access to books on agriculture, the environment and the applied life sciences.

  • The complete set of e-books published by the National Research Council of Canada between 1993-2010.

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  • All CRC e-books from 1998-2019 are available via the Taylor & Francis homepage. More than 15000 titles from the CRC SCITECHnetBASE are included in this package.

  • The aggregator EBSCO offers access to e-books from many different publishers.

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  • More than 400 e-books published between 1997-2016:

    Access to individual e-books is indicated by a full green circle.

  • Limited access only to the most frequently used titles from previous years. Access to titles from 2024 onwards is not available. 

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  • The Hanser eLibrary offers technical information for engineers and technicians. It covers the fields of metal and plastic processing, electric and electronic engineering, computer science, economy and management. Available are our most used titles in 2020/2021.

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  • Access to the proceedings from over 1,400 IEEE and IET annual conferences.

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  • Some selected titles from various disciplines are provided.

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  • The Institute of Physics provides access to their e-book collection.


  • Water Intelligence Online provides access to reference books and research reports covering water, wastewater and related environmental topics published by the International Water Association (IWA).

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  • Lib4RI offers thousands JSTOR e-books from the subject areas Business & Economics, Political Science, Environmental Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Science & Technology, Social Sciences, Sustainability and Transportation. The advanced search option on the JSTOR platform allows for the restriction of the search to e-books.

  • About 170 titles covering basic medical information.


  • OECD iLibrary: Thousands of e-books by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A broad range of topics are covered including Agriculture and Food, Energy and Nuclear Energy, Urban, Rural and Regional Development and Science and Technology.

  • Various titles available from OUP.

  • O’Reilly for higher education offers many thousand e-books (and videos) in computer science and information technology from various publishers.

    Authentication: Please select your home institute and use your SWITCHaai (Shibboleth) credentials to login.

    Usage restrictions:

    • No download of e-books available.
    • Printing limited to a few pages at a time.
  • Proquest EBook Central offers access to selected e-books from various publishers. Per request, printing and downloading (PDF) is restricted to 20% of a title.

  • Access to more than 2,600 Routledge titles is available via the Taylor & Francis platform. Please access the «Environment & Sustainability Collection» 2014 & 2015 with its 21 Routledge Handbooks by this link.

  • The entire collection of chemical science e-books published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

  • SAGE provides access to our most used social science books in 2021.

  • Access to all e-books published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) since 1971.

  • All proceedings published by the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE) from are available. The SPIE E-books are available from 1989 to 2013.

  • Access to many thousand English and several German e-books published by Springer.

    In addition to online access to Springer e-books, members of Eawag, Empa, PSI & WSL can take advantage of the Springer MyCopy programme. Springer offers printed softcover editions of English e-books that are licensed by Lib4RI and are included in this print-on-demand programme. These MyCopy titles are for personal use only and have black and white book content. The price for each book is CHF 24.95 and includes shipping & handling, excluding local VAT/Sales tax. Further information about MyCopy from Springer.

  • Access to many thousand titles covering areas such as construction, energy, engineering, environment & sustainability, geography and planning.

  • Users at Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL have access to the Material Science Foundations e-books from TTP.

  • The Wiley Online Library offers several thousand e-books and reference works in the fields of science and technology. All titles marked with an open lock symbol are licensed.


    World Scientific offers a couple of thousand e-books in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry and material science, environmental science, life science, computer science, engineering, medicine and healthcare, business and economics, social science and Asian studies. This also includes access to the textbooks.

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