Instructions for E-Lending
Alumni as well as library customers and guests who are not members of ETH Zurich:
Please contact the library staff in the InfoCenter for your personal login. Please register beforehand on libraries.ch (external link).
Guests who have already got a log-in account for the public workstations at ETH Library:
You can use the e-lending platform without having to reregister.
Members of ETH Zurich:
You can sign in with your nethz log-in account.
Please note that no other university log-in accounts are valid.
You reach the e-lending service via a search on our website. In the tab "Books, journals and more" you can filter your search results by "E-Lending" with the option "Refine my results".
Alternatively, you can specifically search for e-books in the advanced search.
If you would like to look at a selected e-book or borrow it directly, open "Details" on the book's display field and select "Loan e-book".
To get to the e-book directly, choose the tab "e-book loan".
You are now taken to the platform of the aggregator EBL (Ebook Library with an academic focus, only in English). Customers who are not members of ETH Zurich should select the option "libraries.ch" in the dialogue window.
You can browse through any e-book for 5 to 10 minutes in full text without borrowing it.
You will then be asked to borrow the e-book or return to the e-book catalogue.
While browsing, four tabs are available to you:
1 Details: book's metadata such as title, author, ISBN, publisher etc.
2 Contents: contents, chapters, author index etc.
3 Search: search for technical terms in full text
4 (Notes: the note feature is not available under the pilot project.)
You can choose from two loan options:
E-lending "online" (24 hours)
Borrowing an e-book “Online” offers access to the full text for a loan period of 24 hours. It is initiated if:
- The 5 to 10 minutes of online browsing have elapsed
- You copy or print from the e-book
- You add notes
- You click on the "Read Online" button
If e-lending "Online" has been initiated, an input window appears. By clicking on "Yes", you enable e-lending "Online". Select "No" and you return to the catalogue.
E-lending with download (1 to 8 days)
You can download the e-books to your computer, which means they are also available to you offline.
The e-books are always available in a PDF or sometimes also ePub format. Please select the desired format. (For further information on ePub International Digital Publishing Forum (external link)).
In order to be able to read the e-books on your computer or notebook, install the free software Adobe Digital Editions before you download them.
Would you like to use e-books from our e-lending service on the go? The Bluefire Reader app enables you to download and read them.
Printing / copy & paste
With e-lending, the print and copy function can also be activated.
During the initial loan, 20% of the book may be printed. The system saves and monitors this information for six weeks. If borrowed a second time (download as e-lending), an additional 10% of the book can be printed within six weeks.
The use of copy & paste is limited to 5% of the book per user.