Lib4RI currently licensed and purchased some 400,000 e-books. They all are listed in the NEBIS recherche catalogue and readily accessible via the tab «check online access» corresponding to a specific title. Open Access titles are also included and indicated accordingly.

Alternative search options for e-books are given via the individual publishers listed below.

American Chemical Society (ACS)

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

Alliance of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science Societies (ACSESS)

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.

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

AIP Conference Proceedings report findings presented at many of the most important scientific meetings around the world.

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Access to the complete proceedings collection from the American Society of Civil Engineers

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Access to the complete e-book collection from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) between 1993 and 2012.

American Society of Mechanical Engineering (ASME)

Access to all e-books between 1993-2017

Artech House

Access to 50 titles from Artech House.

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Users at Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL have access to all e-books in the Science & Engineering Collection from 1920 onward.

Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI)

Access to the CABI e-books Archive 2000-2007 and 2011-2013. Many books from CABI published in print are not available as e-books.

CRC Press

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.

  • Access to the single netbases is available via collections.


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

Edward Elgar

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

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


Access to all e-book collections published by Elsevier.

Geological Society of London


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 all titles published since 2011.


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


The Institute of Physics provides access to its two e-book collections: IOP Expanding Physics and IOP Concise Physics with more than 180 titles.

IWA Publishing

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).


Besides JSTOR's well known collection of scientific journals, JSTOR offers also 30,000 e-books from renowned scholarly publishers. Lib4RI offers more than 9,000 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.


The Following collections are available:

Morgan & Claypool

Organised by series, Morgan & Claypool's synthesis and colloquium lectures offer valuable entry points into topics from bio science, computer science and informatics, engineering, mathematics and statistics, and many more….

National Research Council of Canada (NRC)

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


OECD iLibrary: More than 7,000 e-books of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A broad range of topics are covered including Agriculture and Food, Energy, and Urban, Rural and Regional Development.

Oxford University Press (OUP)

There are currently more than 3,200 titles available from OUP, they come from the subject areas biology, physics, mathematics and further areas.

Proquest EBook Central (previously MyiLibrary)

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.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

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


Safari Books Online offers more than 34,000 e-books (mainly) in computer science and information technology from various publishers.

Usage restrictions:

  • No download of e-books available.
  • Printing limited to 1 page at a time.


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 ca 57,500 German and English 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.

Taylor & Francis

Access to more than 25,000 titles covering areas such as construction, energy, engineering, environment & sustainibility, geography and planning published between 2008 and 2019.

Trans Tech Publications (TTP)

Users at Eawag, Empa, PSI, and WSL have access to the Material Science Foundations e-books from TTP, comprising 62 e-books from 1998-2016.

Wiley Online Books

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 Books

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.

Print Books

Our collections of printed books and other media are also listed in the NEBIS recherche catalogue. NEBIS is a network of some 140 Swiss libraries with a total collection of about 10.5 million titles. You have access to all these books free-of-charge. Most documents may be ordered online and are delivered to your home library (see Borrow Books).

How to search for new aquisitions in specific months and years

Go to NEBIS Recherche and enter the following code:

for Lib4RI: Eawag-Empa: e17YYYYMM*
for Lib4RI: PSI: e08YYYYMM*
for Lib4RI: WSL: e10YYYYMM*

where YYYY is substituted with the year and MM with the month (e.g. 04 for April).

For example, a search with the code e10201008* shows you a list of new aquisitions in August 2010 at the library Lib4RI: WSL.

Other Catalogues

  • E-Books Directory
    E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet.

  • Directory of Open Access Books
    The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) aggregates metadata for more than 1,000 academic, open access e-books from 35 publishers; each book record has a link to the full text of the monograph on the publisher's website or repository. All books listed in DOAB are subjected to independent and external peer review prior to publication.

  • Google Books
    Readers can preview up to 20% of the pages of most out-of-print books for free. They can also view and download the out-of-copyright books.

  • KVK – Karslruhe Virtual Catalog
    Meta search interface for more than 500 million books and serials in library and book trade catalogues worldwide. Good for searching the holdings of European libraries.

  • Open Library
    Open Library is a catalog with well over 20 million edition records online and access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books and links to external sources like WorldCat and Amazon.

  • swissbib
    Swissbib is the metacatalogue of more than 800 Swiss libraries. It provides a simple, fast and comprehensive gateway to scientifc information.

  • WorldCat
    WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services. It includes the holdings for thousands of academic, public, special and national libraries worldwide.

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