Digital library

ETH Library offers access to extensive electronic resources. It assists members of ETH Zurich with services relating to e-publishing and digital curation. Simultaneously, it provides digitized documents from its collections and archives through online platforms.

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COVID-19: Freely accessible e-resources

Overview of various e-resources for academia and research on the one hand, and with a focus on COVID-19 on the other.
Discover also the wide range of topics of scientific e-books as well as various digital continuing education possibilities.

During the physical closure of ETH Library within the context of the COVID-19 protection measures, we are of course available for you by e-mail: You can also contact us via WhatsApp (external link) and our chat. 

Electronic resources

DatabasesDatabases, for example Primo Central Index, as well as standards
Digital textbook collectionTextbooks and standard works in digital form relating to all subjects
E-booksElectronic books in full text available online
E-LendingBorrow E-books, anytime, anyplace
JournalsElectronic and printed journals
Resources by subjectElectronic resources and other information, sorted by subject

E-publishing and digital curation

Digital curation and ETH Data ArchiveServices for managing, publishing and preserving research data
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ETH Zurich DOI DeskDOI registration office for the Swiss university and research sector
E-Pics (external link)Platform for the managing, archiving and online use of image data
Open AccessInformation and advice on all aspects of open-access publishing
Research Collection (external link)ETH Zurich's publication platform

Platforms with digital content

Collection Online (external link)Graphic prints and drawings
e-rara (external link)Rare books from Swiss libraries (external link)Historical manuscript material from Swiss libraries and archives
E-Periodica (external link)Swiss journals online
E-Pics Art Inventory (external link)Objects from ETH Zurich's Art inventory
E-Pics Collection of Scientific Instruments and Teaching Aids, ETH Zurich (link opens a new window)Collection of Historical Instruments
E-Pics Earth Science Collections (external link)Rocks from the Earth Science Collections
E-Pics Ex meis libris (external link)Printed ex libris, handwritten notes or stamps
E-Pics Image Archive Online (external link)Photographs and images held by ETH Library
E-Pics Max Frisch Archive (external link)Photographs reflecting the life and works of Max Frisch
E-Pics Rare Books (external link)Illustrations from rare books held by ETH Library
E-Pics Thomas Mann Archives (external link)Photographs on Thomas Mann
ETHorama (external link)Geographical search for digitized documents from ETH Library
Research Collection (external link)ETH Zurich's publication platform
Schulratsprotokolle Online (external link)Central source for the history of ETH Zurich

Research tools (no fulltext)

Hochschularchiv online (external link)ETH Zurich University Archives' archive database
Kartenportal.CH (external link)Subject portal for maps
Material-Archiv (external link)Subject portal for materials
Max Frisch-Archiv Online (external link)Archive database with manuscripts by and news articles about Max Frisch
Thomas-Mann-Archiv Online (external link)Archive database with manuscripts by and news articles about Thomas Mann

Digital collections and highlights

AstroRara (external link)Interactive historical astronomical illustrations
Art Walkabout ETH Zurich (external link)ETH Zurich's art objects
Crowdsourcing (external link)News and experiences from the community
Einstein OnlineOriginal letters by and images of Albert Einstein
ETHeritage (external link)Blog about selected documents from the collections and archives
Explora (external link)Storytelling platform and a world of experience by ETH Library
International YearsSpecialist information on the "International Years" proclaimed by the UN
Short portraitsDescription of individuals linked to ETH Zurich
Nature, technologyEvents and highlights in the holdings of ETH Library
Virtual exhibitionsInsight into historical collections of ETH Library