Perpetual Access to 20,000 Springer eBooks


The UC campuses have recently obtained perpetual access to nearly every* Springer ebook published in English and German from 2005 to 2009, including Landolt-Bornstein, the largest compilation of data in physics and chemistry. The collection includes nearly 20,000 books from every scientific discipline and many social sciences.
Books are available in the following categories:

The books will be linked from the from Melvyl, UC-eLinks and Google Scholar. They can also be browsed or searched directly at

This was a particularly good agreement for the UC campuses.  The licensing terms, which align with the UC Libraries’ Guiding Principles for Collecting Books in Electronic Format, include favorable Interlibrary Loan provisions, perpetual access, unlimited concurrent users, and digital rights management (DRM)-free PDF format.  In addition, the costs incurred will be less than the campuses typically spent on Springer print books in one year. 

This pilot will be used to study the viability of ebooks as a replacement for print books, including such factors as determining:

  • which disciplines are more and less conducive to the use of electronic books
  • which types of books might be more appropriate as ebooks
  • which types might be less likely to be used in this format

A shared UC print copy of each of the books has been included in the package, and it will be possible for users to order a print copy of any of the available books for $24.95 from Springer’s Print on Demand Service (MyCopy).
If you have questions please contact Donald A. Barclay, Deputy University Librarian (209.201.9724).

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