The University of Stuttgart Library offers you a wide range of e-books and related benefits:
- E-books are available round the clock.
- Holds and waiting times are eliminated.
- Extensive search options, for example the full-text search within the entire e-book text, make it easier to navigate within the document.
- You can copy text passages and paste them into your word processing program as quotations or for further processing of the content.
Listings, Search and Access to E-books
All e-books are listed in the catalog of the University Library and the decentralized libraries.
You can find there:
- purchased e-books which have generally been released by a publisher.
- free resources that have been published in the institutional repository OPUS by members of the University of Stuttgart.
- e-books within the scope of national licenses.
- selected license free resources, i.e. resources that are freely accessible to everyone.
Using the link at the end of the catalog listing, you will get to the full text of the e-book. Please note that, if you keep searching on the provider's pages, you will also be directed to offers that have not been purchased by the University Library.
The University of Stuttgart Library purchases e-books as online resources with a campus license. Access to the full texts is determined by the IP address of the computer. If the IP address belongs to the campus of the University of Stuttgart, the provider allows access.
On rare occasions the IP address is not sufficient to access an e-book. In these cases a window for selecting the institution and afterwards the Shibboleth login window of the University of Library Stuttgart open if you click the link in the catalog that leads to the full text. After logging in with the user code and password of the user account at the University Library access to the full text is granted.
Private individuals and students of other colleges and universities can access e-books only from one of the University Library’s research computers. The possession of a library card of the University of Stuttgart Library is required. In order to log in, you will need the user code and password of the library account.
In the reading room, research computers are available for working with the electronic resources offered by the University of Stuttgart Library, such as e-books, databases, and e-journals. At the first attempt to access a licensed online resource, a login window (Shibboleth) will open. After successful login access to the e-book will be granted. The login is active for the entire session and will not have to be repeated for each individual offer.
Members of the University of Stuttgart can also access e-books from their own computer.
- Campus computer: If you use a computer at the institute or one of the computers provided by the TIK in one of the PC pools, you do not have to consider anything. The IP address is unambiguous, access to the e-book is granted immediately.
- Private computer / VPN: If you use your private computer, you can only access e-books if you have previously installed a VPN client on that computer. The software is provided by the TIK: VPN. For further help with the installation or in case of problems contact the TIK (Technical Information and Communication Services) helpdesk. After installing and starting the VPN client the computer will be assigned to the University of Stuttgart campus and access to the e-books is granted.
University employees without an ac-account can use the Shibboleth login only after previously having registered with the University Library and proven their status as employees.
The campus licenses for purchased e-books entitle students, institute members, and users registered with the University Library to access the full text online at any time. It is not permitted in general, however, to download books in their entirety, even if it is technically possible. As with printed books, the authors’ copyright and the publishers’ exploitation rights have to be observed when using the online resources.
You may save and print individual pages or chapters for personal use as well as for research purposes. E-books must not be passed on to third parties electronically or in printed form.