The library provides access to a growing amount of digital books, reference works and commentaries. While conducting your research remember to expand your search to e-books so you don’t miss any important information.
How to find those e-books?
Search the UvA Catalogue
Most e-books are catalogued individually. These books can be found through the UvA CataloguePlus, just like printed books. It is possible to filter your search results to e-books only using the options on the right side of the screen: select Resource type > Books and Availability > Available online.
Search e-book databases
Not all e-books are available through the Catalogue; many of them can only be found in separate e-book databases. Some well-known collections in the field of law are:
Oxford Scholarship Online – Law
Access to hundreds of legal e-books published by Oxford University Press
Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law (OSAIL)
Full text online editions of reference works and treatises published by Oxford University Press, such as Oppenheim and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law
Collected Courses/Recueil des Cours
Complete collection of course material of The Hague Academy, the international institution for the study and teaching of public and private international law
Search in law databases
E-books can also be found in databases that are not dedicated exclusively to e-books, for instance:
– IBFD Tax Research Platform: Online books on tax law
– HeinOnline’s Legal Classics Library: Collection of famous legal treatises
– Beck-online: Commentaries and handbooks (German)
– Rechtsorde: Reference works, handbooks and commentaries, e.g. Asser-serie, Cursus Belastingrecht, Tekst & Commentaar (Dutch)
Printing and downloading
For most e-books printing and downloading is allowed. However, there can be some restrictions, e.g. a limit to the number of pages you can download per day. Please consult the database’s help page as these restrictions differ per publisher.
Most e-books are available within the UvA network. Sometimes only a limited number of simultaneous users is allowed. Please remember to log off when you don’t need a book anymore so other users can have access!