Some e-book collections have been purchased collectively for all colleges of applied sciences. In addition, some databases now contain e-books as well as other publications. Below you find an alphabetical listing by publisher of these e-book collections.

Several universities of applied sciences and arts have purchased more e-books according to their special needs. Please inquire in your library about local e-book collections.

Berg Fashion Library

Articles and images on fashion from the beginnings until today. Contains images from the V&A Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the "Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion", ca. 130 e-books as well as a museum directory. Access limited to one simultaneous user.

Cambridge Books Online

About 2'000 e-books are available to users at the universities of applied sciences and arts on the Cambridge Core platform. The chapters of the e-books can be opened, saved and printed. Unlimited simultaneous access.

Cambridge Companions Online: Music

Contains books on composers, instruments and musical topics.

IMF eLibrary

Since January 1, 2020 all publications of the IMF International Monetary Fund are freely accessible. The IMF eLibrary contains books, working papers and series such as the World Economic Outlook und Global Financial Stability Report as well as statistics.

IOP E-Books: Expanding Physics and Concise Physics Collections Release 1 and 2

"Concise Physics" are short introductions into new areas of physics, written for bachelor students and scientists in related fields. The book s in the "Expanding Physics" collection are written by leading experts in their field for advanced students and researchers.

JSTOR E-Books: Business Collection 2012-2014

Contains 20 titles from 2012 to 2014.

JSTOR E-Books: Economics Collection 2012-2014

Contains 22 books from 2012-2014.

JSTOR E-Books: Music Collection 2007-2013

Contains 63 titles from 2007 to 2013. Titles not marked with an X are accessible.

JSTOR E-Books: Open Access

Contains over 5'000 Open Access e-books in various subject areas.


Fundamentals for engineers (handbooks, reference works) and interactive tools for calculations (equations, tables, graphs, unit converter). The following modules are licensed:

  • Civil Engineering & Construction Materials
  • Composites
  • General Engineering & Project Administration
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanics & Mechanical Engineering
  • Nondestructive Testing & Evaluation
  • Sustainable Energy & Development



The Swiss universities of applied sciences and arts have a subscription to the OECD Statistics, Books & Periodicals, such as OECD Economic Outlook, OECD Economic Surveys, OECD Journal.

Preselect - Open Access e-Books

Free access to more than 1'000 e-books published by transcript Verlag, Verlag Barbara Budrich, Waxmann Verlag, Beltz Juventa, W.Bertelsmann Verlag.

Springer Reference DE (German Language)

The subscription to this collection has been canceled, but access continues to a selection of handbooks in psychology, the humanities and social sciences, engineering and business.

SRMO SAGE Research Methods Online and Foundations

Information on research methods in the social sciences derived from books, reference works, dictionaries, videos and case studies. Taxonomy or methods map helps visualize the relationship between methods. Now includes Foundations with information on the newest methods as well as profiles of prominent researchers.


References to articles in the German language on sociology, social work, business and economics, political science. The subscribed modules WISO Wirtschaftswissenschaften and Sozialwissenschaften contain 510 magazines and journals and approximately 4'500 e-books in full-text.