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Freely accessible information services can be used by all users, customers regardless of the IP rangeaddress.

When Please note the following aspects when using electronic media, please note the following:


Network-dependent access

  • Members of ETH Zurich can access fee-based electronic media or those licensed by the ETH Library from the ETH sub-networks (e-journals, databases, e-books, etc.) for which a fee is charged or which are licensed by ETH Library from the sub-networks of ETH Zurich.All external users can access media in the public areas of .
  • Access for all external customers is possible only on the premises of the ETH Library.


Direct access is only possible from the main networks of ETH Zurich (in some cases proxy still required):

  • bis
  • bis
  • bis
  • bis
  • 2001:67c:10ec::/48 

In all other cases, Public VPN or alternatively must be used.

Check whether the IP address for your computer is within the ETH Zurich network structure: Check your IP address

For access via an external provider (ADSL, Cablecom, iPass) you should also use Public VPN or

Access to databases and e-journals


To access the following databases, you have to have a User ID and password:

  • SciFinder Scholar
  • Hydrological Atlas of Switzerland (Hades)


with password

In exceptional cases, a User user ID and password are also required for access to databases and e-journals. This information can be found on the SFX Service Menu in the "Note" section.

Reaching the right document quickly and easily from the literature search

Clicking on the SFX button in a database, or on the link "Online resource" in on ETH Library's Search Portal takes you to a service page with more links indicating how to obtain the document you need.

The bX Recommender Service lists articles that may also be of interest to the user. On ETH Library's Search Portal, these articles are displayed in the full view of a title. Accessing articles via a database and the SFX button, the recommendations are included in the SFX menu. The recommendations are generated from patterns of use for SFX files. ETH Library is one of several hundred university libraries worldwide which makes this data available for analysis in an anonymized and encrypted form.

Legal notes

For electronic media for which a fee is charged, ETH Library has entered into licensing agreements with the relevant providers. These define the terms and conditions of use, taking account of current copyright law.
The following general points apply Members of ETH Zurich will find the corresponding information in the protected area: Login information for databases and e-journals. Please log in using your ETH login. External customers should contact the library staff in person or via e-mail to

Fast and convenient literature search

Click on the link resolver button (ETH Get it) in a database or the Online Resource link in the ETH Library @ swisscovery to access a service page with further links for options for obtaining the required document.

Legal information

For fee-based electronic media, the ETH Library has licence agreements with the respective providers that stipulate terms and conditions of use based on aspects such as copyright law.
The following applies in general to the use of these media:

  • Full text versions may The full texts must only be printed out or saved for personal use or and for research purposes. Use for commercial purposes is prohibited.
  • The systematic Systematic downloading of articles, e-books or other full text versions, or of texts, as well as search results, especially in particular by using robots or similar software, is prohibited.Articles and other electronic media may not be passed on to third parties or used commercially, in either electronic or printed form.