Springer Book Archives

Scientific Research of the Past to Drive Innovation of the Future

Springer Book ArchivesSpringer has a long history of publishing significant books that have helped to train and inform generations of researchers. As part of our ongoing commitment to the scientific community, Springer invested in a major initiative: The Springer Book Archives > around 110,000 high-quality books dating back to the 1840s, available on SpringerLink and in print. Springer is proud to offer the largest single collection of STM books in the world.

The Springer Book Archives link the past, present and future of scholarly research with anytime, anywhere access. Via SpringerLink, researchers will have easy access to books by the finest minds in science, many previously unavailable in electronic format. Eminent authors in the collection include luminaries such as Rudolf Diesel, Werner von Siemens and Emil Fischer.

The MyCopy service (low cost, printed on demand eBooks) will be available for almost the entire English language collection of over 50,000 titles. The service is available in many countries.

Springer eBooks are available as eReader-compatible PDFs and are DRM-free. There are no limits on the number of simultaneous users, printing or downloading.

Quick facts

  • 110,00 titles
  • English and German (approximately half each)
  • No Digital Rights Management (DRM)
  • Free MARC records
  • MyCopy print on demand
  • Whole book and chapter level downloads
  • Dating back to the 1840s
  • Purchase model
  • Book series back to volume 1
  • DOIs at title and chapter levels

SBA is organized into these broad subject collections:

  • Behavioral Science
  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Business and Economics
  • Chemistry and Materials Science
  • Computer Science (including Professional and Applied Computing*)
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Engineering
  • Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Medicine
  • Physics and Astronomy

* PAC includes a minimal number of SBA titles, hence included into the Computer Science package.


  • "...VERDICT: Most suitable for academic libraries with strong STEM programs, though since these titles were not originally available as ebooks, there will most likely be some duplication with an existing print collection. This platform is one of the most versatile and user-friendly ebook platforms I’ve seen; I highly recommend it for libraries in need of this content."
    Library Journal Reviews - Bonnie J.M. Swoger, Science and Technology Librarian at SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library
  • Library Journal Reviews

Watch the video

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Over 110,000 books already available on SpringerLink

Springer Book Archives currently provides access to around 110,000 English and German language titles on SpringerLink. These books are part a project in which books dating back to 1842 – when the publishing company was founded – are digitized and made available again for researchers, students and librarians to access, free of any digital rights management (DRM). Springer also offers the option to download whole books as well as chapters, plus a print-on-demand option for most of the English titles.

Notable libraries who adopted SBA

Waseda University Library, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, acquired the English-language Springer Book Archives (SBA). Members of the university community now have online access to Springer content dating back to 1842 via SpringerLink (link.springer.com), Springer’s online platform. This is the first such purchase, not only at a Japanese university or research institute, but in all of Asia.

  • “We are thrilled to be able to add the SBA to the Springer content that we already offer to students, researchers and faculties at our university and library...We are also proud to be the first university in Asia to offer such an extensive amount of historical content, and we imagine that there will be high demand for such a useful resource across the region.”
    Makoto Nakamoto, the administrative director of Waseda University Library

Title list

The full list of available titles, as well as lists for each of the subject collections, are available in XLS files via the downloader tool, which also supplies free Springer MARC records. Of course, all of the titles are fully searchable on our SpringerLink platform too.

While conducting the research necessary for the creation of the Springer Book Archives (SBA) Springer came across a number of books from the early part of the 20th century, the content of which may be problematic with respect to their ideological foundation. These are under investigation and are currently delisted.

Access to the Springer Book Archives

Flexible licensing options, a user-friendly interface and integration with journals and more recent books on SpringerLink make the Springer Book Archives a wise investment for academic, medical, government and corporate libraries seeking to deliver critical foundational knowledge to 21st century users.

Ask your Springer Licensing Manager for more information about the Springer Book Archives including the list of available titles and complete details of Standard, Academic and Corporate Single Site, Multi-Site and Consortia Licenses.


Benefits for Librarians

Librarians instantly recognize the value of the Springer Book Archives as a major step forward in the move toward secured electronic access of quality research content and the true virtual library.

  • Complete collections and expand holdings
  • Reduce the physical space needed to house collections
  • Decrease staff time needed to manage physical collections
  • Ensure access for patrons to works previously unavailable electronically or out of print
  • Expand patron access to MyCopy
  • Eliminate spoilage issues and reduce need to scan articles
  • Enrich metadata available to patrons to search and discovery services like Google

Springer recently published a whitepaper on the costs of keeping print collections that may be of interest to those considering the Springer Book Archives, or any large eBook collection acquisition. Read more on this and other topics of interest at www.springer.com/whitepapers.

Benefits for Researchers

Enable today’s researchers to explore the scientific achievements of the past using today’s technology, and all the advantages that it offers.

  • Access to historical precedents that support current theories and inspire new breakthroughs
  • Ability to trace the genesis of significant research and protocols and link them to today’s research
  • Deepening of understanding and foundational knowledge
  • Meeting the demands of a comprehensive research discovery process
  • Discovery and verification of prior art