What is EOD?

EOD is a Europe-wide digitisation service that allows anyone, anywhere in the world, to order complete digital copies of out-of-copyright books from various libraries on payment of a fee.

What is offered in the ZB Zürich?

All printed books held by the Zentralbibliothek Zürich that are out of copyright can be ordered via EOD. To keep things simple, that means all printed books published before 1900.

How can I order a book via EOD?

For works that are eligible for EOD you will find an order link "Order a complete digital copy via EBook on Demand" in swisscovery under loan and request options. If you would like to have a book digitised via EOD that is verifiably out of copyright but was published after 1900, please send an e-mail to fernleihe@zb.uzh.ch.

Is ordering via EOD restricted to ZB users?

EOD orders are not linked to a library account. Anyone, anywhere in the world, can order digitised copies via EOD.

How much does an order cost?

The basic fee is CHF 10. Each page scanned costs an additional CHF 0.20. Since the page information in the catalogue is not always reliable (e.g. the table of contents is not counted or the information merely states “Vol. 1”), you will initially receive a non-binding cost estimate after you place your order. Once digitisation is complete, you can pay by credit card, via PayPal or on account.

How long does an order take?

Once the cost estimate has been confirmed, the delivery time is no more than 14 days.

Can I buy a printed copy of the book?

You can order a reprint of the work (printed with perfect binding) in addition to the digitised version. To do this, select “Reprint” when placing your order. The basic fee (in addition to the digitised version) is CHF 9 plus CHF 0.03 per page (minimum 24 pages). Thereafter, further copies can be ordered via Amazon.

The EOD network

EOD is a network of around 40 libraries from all over Europe. Members in Switzerland include the ZB Zürich, the National Library, Bibliothek am Guisanplatz, the Bern and Basel university libraries, the Museumsgesellschaft Zürich, the Pestalozzianum Research Library and the libraries of the City of Schaffhausen. Further information can be found on the EOD website.


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