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The library provides access to more than 150.000 eBooks.  The portfolio is permanently growing and based predominantly on collections.

On this site:

eBook Collections

Springer Protocols – A collection of more than 34.000 protocols in biomedical and life sciences

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) – This book series contains publications of new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching.

Lecture Notes in Mathematics (LNM) – This series reports on new developments in all areas of mathematics and their applications.

Lecture Notes in Physics (LNP) – Books published in this series report new developments in physics research and teaching.

EBSCO Academic Collection – More than 100.000 eBooks from different scientific publishers licensed by ISTA in a wide array of fields like Mathematics, Computer Science etc.

Current Topics in Developmental Biology – This book series provides a comprehensive survey of the major topics in the field of developmental biology.

Progress in Brain Research – A series of academic books on neuroscience.

Methods in Enzymology – A series of scientific publications focused primarily on research methods in biochemistry.

Methods in Cell Biology – Each thematic volume of this book series provides techniques, to aid researchers in design and implementation of experimental methodologies in cell biology.

Brenner’s Encyclopedia of Genetics – A reference work on genetics.

A list of all licensed eBooks at ISTA can be found in the catalog BookList.

How to get access

No matter if you are on- or off-campus, you usually just click on the link in the library catalogue and you can access the eBook immediately. With some providers, however, you have to keep the following in mind:

  • EBSCOhost:
    If you want to download the eBook you have two possibilities –
    1. You can create an account and borrow the book for a maximum of 7 days, provided you have Adobe Digital Editions or equivalent installed.
    2. Or you can select “PDF Full Text” and download each chapter separately. This is possible without the creation of an account and the chapters are permanently available.
    For off-campus access, please use a proxy.
  • ProQuest EBook Central:
    Online reading is possible without separate registration. Downloading is only possible after creating an account and subsequent registration due to Digital Rights Management.

Cost-free eBooks


Frontiers provides more than 3,500 eBooks free of charge as PDF or EPUB downloads on its homepage. On a monthly basis Frontiers presents the new releases.

Springer Nature

As part of the Springer Nature SDG program to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), free eBooks are available for download.

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