Electronic Books / E-Books

Many publishers nowadays offer their books not only in print form but as an electronic version ("e-book"). The representation of the e-books corresponds to that of the printed version (pdf files).

Since 2007 the Bayreuth University Library has acquired many e-books, mainly from publishers like Springer, Wiley, Gabler, Teubner+Vieweg, Hanser and Oldenbourg. All these e-books are accessible through the campus license (IP check, no password required). The books can be read online, downloaded and printed by authorized users (professors, staff and students) for their own scientific purposes.

All titles are recorded in the catalogue of the University Library and through the publishers websites as well. Off-campus access to e-books is available through VPN. Please note that sharing and systematic downloading (e.g. via roboting sytems) of articles or e-books is prohibited due to copyright protection.


Around 500 titles from publisher Brill are available at Brill Online ( Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from publication years 2006-2008 , Middle East and Islamic Studies and Religious Studies, Theology and Philosophy, both from publication years 2014 - 2015 ). The titles available are marked with brill-gruenes-rechteck at brillonline.com


Around 150 titles from publisher C.H.Beck are available at C.H.Beck eLibrary (titles from Geschichte des 20./21. Jh. and Politik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. The titles available are marked with beck-gruenes-rechteck at C.H.Beck eLibrary.


In May 2017 Bayreuth University Library (UBT) has acquired access to the entire ebook collection of Cambridge University Press (CUP) for the duration of one year. Members of UBT are able to access more than 32,000 titles published between 1920 and 2017. The ebooks can be read, downloaded and printed in individual chapters.

ContentSelect (Bertelsmann, Oekom, transcript, WBG)

Preselect Media GmbH is offering titles of some german publishers on platform content-select: the university library has purchased subject collections with around 500 titles from social sciences, geosciences and humanities from publishers Bertelsmann, oekom-Verlag, transcript and WBG. The titel are available via content-select for downloading and printing.

Duncker & Humblot

Several subject collections from the publisher Dunker & Humblot are available via the Duncker & Humblot eLibrary. The collections encompass around 200 titles from history (publication years 2007 - 2012) and from law (publication year 2012). Printing and downloading is only possible following a personal registration. You may then print up to 50 pages.


Through a DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) funded national license around 900 e-books on mathematics (publication years 1945 - 2008) are available from Elsevier. Furthermore access to Methods in Enzymology and a number of multi volume encyclopedias in sciences is possible through a university license.

de Gruyter

Several subject collections have been purchased from the publisher de Gruyter since 2011 (business and economics, law, mathematics, science and engineering). Furthermore titles from publishers Oldenbourg and Akademie are also available via de Gruyter: The titles are available at de Gruyter for reading, downloading chapters and printing. The titles available are marked with degruyter-hook behind the title or next to the chapter.


The university library has recently purchased all available subject collections with over 1000 e-books from sciences, economics, engineering, mathematics and computer sciences from Hanser. The titles are available via Hanser e-Library for downloading and printing (marked with hanser-gruener-haken ).

IOP Publishing

From IOP Publishing (Insitute of Physics) around 70 titles are available (titles from IOP Concise Physics Collection with publication years 2014-2016).


The subject-collection Geography (80 titles) from Sage has been aquired. The titles are available via the Sage knowledge plattform for reading, printing and downloading chapters. When using the Sage knowledge plattform the licensed titles do not have a lock-sign in front of the link. Use the option on the right side called "Refine by Availability" as Available to Me in order to see only the available titles. Please be aware that downloading of chapters in pdf-format does not work as it should due to bad formatting (e.g. differing pagenumbers in pdf versus print version; breakup of mathematical formulas like chemical notations).


Since 2007 the university library has acquired subject-related collections from Springer in all fields of science. These collections include many books of the publishers Gabler, Teubner, Vieweg, Verlag für Sozialwissenschaft and (since 2016) Palgrave and J.B. Metzler. DFG-funded national licenses for various subjects are also available. At the end of 2016 around 53,000 titles were available including many textbooks and series titles.

After having aquired further collections the following collections are now accessible via SpringerLINK:

German-language collections:
  • Social sciences and law 2008 - 2017
  • Sciences (incl. Mathematics) 2005 - 2017
  • Engineering/Computer Sciences 2005 - 2017
  • Business and Economics 2005 - 2017
  • Psychology 2015 - 2017
  • J.B. Metzler Humanities 2016 - 2017
English-language collections:
  • Behavioral Sciences 2011-2012
  • Biomedical and Life Science 2011-2015
  • Business and Economics 2005 - 2015 (since 2016 see Economics and Finance)
  • Chemistry and Materials Sciences 2005 - 2008 und 2011-2015
  • Computer Sciences 2008-2016
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences 2005-201
  • Economics and Finance 2016 - 2017
  • Energy 2013-2017
  • Literature, Cultural and Media Studies 2017
  • Mathematics and Statistics 1920-2004 and 2008-2017
  • Medicine 2005 - 2008
  • Palgrave Economics and Finance 2000 - 2013
  • Physics and Astronomy 2012-2017
  • Political Science and International Studies 2017
  • Professional and Applied Computing 2011-2012
  • Religion and Philosophy 2016 - 2017
  • Social Sciences 2017

Some important series accessible:
Through a Springer service low-priced print copies of e-books (only english-language books) can be purchased from members and students of University of Bayreuth. More details can be found at Springer MyCopy.

Taylor & Francis

Around 100 geography related e-books from the publisher Taylor & Francis have been purchased. The available titles can be seen by choosing the option Full Access Only.


Some collections from UTB-textbooks are avaliable via utb studi-e-books:
  • Arts and culture (36 titles)
  • Earth Sciences (29 titles)
  • Linguistics (5 titles)
  • Literature (59 titles)
  • Media- and communications science (62 titles)
Printing and downloading is restricted up to 30 pages.


Around 250 titles in economics have been purchased from publisher Vahlen. The e-books are available via the Vahlen e-library for downloading and printing.


Around 1300 titles of important e-books in natural and engineering sciences have been purchased from Wiley. They are accessible both via the Library catalogue and via Wiley InterScience. The titles available are marked with wiley-off-schloss.


Starting 2009 the database WISO includes over 2000 e-book titles mainly consisting of german economic e-books and some law e-books. The selection includes the following publishers: Gabal Verlag, Deutscher Fachverlag, Rudolf Haufe Verlag, Rainer Hampp Verlag, Bank-Verlag, Business Village, Diplomica, Duncker & Humblot, Finanzbuch Verlag, Huss Medien, mi wirtschaftsbuch, Pearson Education, Redline Verlag,  DATEV, Lucius & Lucius and Versus Verlag. They are accessible both via the Library Catalogue and via WISO E-Books.
Furthermore the Bayreuth University Library offers many e-books  via German National Licences financed by the DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) (titles are included in the Library Catalogue if not otherwise noted) :

and some more freely accessible e-books

  • by searching in DBIS ("Art der Nutzungsmöglichkeit": frei zugänglich; "Datenbank-Typ": Wörterbücher, Enzyklopädien, Nachschlagewerke)
  • http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu with over 2 Mio e-books (international, all subjects, not  included in the Library Catalogue)