E-books

E-book information and browsing

Browse the list of all e-books licensed by the UZH  e-books list

Browse e-book package information (Zentralbibliothek)  e-book packages

E-book search in the Rechercheportal

Most e-books are recorded in the online catalogue. If you find an e-book through the Rechercheportal, use the

SFX-button for accessing the full-text.

Technical tip: please deactivate your pop-up blocker, either in general, or for databases with SFX.

Please note: E-books licensed by the ETH or the ZHAW are also linked via SFX but are not accessible from the UZH campus.

As with other electronic resources, access is restricted to users within the university network. Students who wish to access these services from their home computers can do so via the university’s proxy server or VPN. For information please consult

Remote Access VPN

E-books licensed by the English Department

So far, only a few e-books have been acquired by the English Department library. These e-books are all searchable in the Rechercheportal and accessible via SFX. E-book aquisitions also appear as separate item in New Acquisitions.

Please browse our small collection on the Dawsonera Website or click on individual titles for a "look inside"


From the homepage of each book you can access the online PDF and read online or download the whole book (choose period from 1 to 3 days).

However, print and copy functions are subject to restrictions. To print out or copy part of the e-book (restrictions depend on publisher), you need to open a personal account with Dawson.

Dawsonaccount (DOCX, 599 KB)

English Language Literature of the Romantic Period

Thousands of rare titles from the famous Corvey Collection made available by Belser Wissenschaftlicher Dienst. All licensed titles are recorded in NEBIS.

To browse, go to search portal, type in "English Language Literature of the Romantic Period", then go to "details" to find sub-series, and/or to the link "click to see all volumes" to see title list. Each title is linked to the eBook.

Publisher Collections in English Studies

Most of the UZH licensed e-books are part of publisher collections. Some collections relevant to English Studies are listed below. More information can be found on thee-books site of the Zentralbibliothek.

Cambridge Books Online (CBO)

access to e-books from all disciplines across science, technology and medicine, as well as humanities and social sciences. 

Cambridge Histories Online (CHO)

Contains about 300 volumes covering over 15 different academic subjects, e.g. American History, British History, History of the Book, History of Language and Linguistics, Literary History, Philosophy, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts.

Palgrave Connect   

access to more than 2600 eBooks covering all subjects

Blackwell Reference Online

Handbooks and Reference in Social Sciences and the Humanities