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Read ebooks during access restrictions

The Library makes more than 94,000 ebooks available to the CERN community!


The easiest way to access them is to search on the CERN Document Server (CDS) in our ebooks collection.

Once you have found the book(s) you would like to read, simply click on the ‘ebook’ link below the book description. If you are not already logged in, you will be asked to do so. Then, depending on the ebook, you will be redirected either on:

  • The publisher’s website: where you can access and download the ebook.
  • O’Reilly website: where you can read online the ebook. Choose CERN in ‘Select your institution’.
  • Ebook Central website: where you can either read online/download the ebook, or ‘request’ access to the ebook. In the case of a request, please fill in the form and we will answer you as soon as possible.

Some publishers have also decided to open some of their resources during the epidemics, a complete list of the resources available for the CERN community has been compiled here. If you do not go through CDS but come across an ebook directly on the web and it is behind a paywall, you can check if we have access to it by adding the prefix: https://ezproxy.cern.ch/login?url= at the beginning of the URL and then reload the page.

If you still cannot access the ebook after that, it probably means that we do not have access to it; in this case, you can contact us (see below). Here you can find more information about the remote access to our e-resources. If you do not find the book you are looking for on CDS or cannot access an ebook you would like to read, please contact us by email: library.desk@cern.ch or via Mattermost.