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Brill eBook Collection

Available to purchase in perpetuity

Purchase full text eBook collections in humanities, social sciences, law and biology. By subject and copyright year.

Key Facts


  • Savings on list prices of all eBook collections which are already discounted by 30% compared with printed format
  • Deeper discounts if multiple collections purchased
  • Licence for outright purchase in perpetuity subject to the payment of any additional annual platform fee
  • No DRM issues 
  • No ongoing access fees


Important dates

Agreement start date: 1 January 2016
Agreement end date: 31 December 2018

Commitment Period

This agreement is of 3 years duration.

Institutions may join the agreement at any time during the agreement period. They are then licensed for their chosen products in perpetuity.

Licence type

Site licence.


30 day free trials are available – contact Chest Help

Eligible Institutions

Higher and Further Education and Research Councils in the United Kingdom, and to Universities and Colleges of Further Education in the Republic of Ireland.

Other organisations aligned with Eduserv’s charitable objectives of supporting education, research bodies and the public sector may ask to participate in the Agreement. Eduserv will liaise with the Supplier about any such requests.

Background Information

Renewal of popular Brill eBook agreement. This agreement extends our existing eBooks agreement with BRILL to cover all their eBook content. It is designed to be scalable so that future years may be added, as and when, they become available for purchase.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Owner: Brill Academic Publishers - Koninklijke Brill NV, Plantijnstraat 2, LEIDEN 2321 JC

Product Description

Sites may purchase collections by year of publication.

Title lists – visit Brill Website to view titles for each subject and year for collections other than Education Research.

Educational Research E-Books Online Collection 2018

Art Education, Educational Technology, Language Education, Learning, Mathematics Education, Professional Development, Science Education, Teacher Education, Children Education, Culture and Education, Education Policy & Politics, Educational Leadership, Educational Philosophy, Educational Theory, Gender and Education, EDU – General, Inclusive Education, Research Methodology, Social Justice, Youth Education, Adult Education, Comparative Education, Higher Education - see Education Research title list.

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Asian Studies E-Books Collections  (2007-2018) covering: China, Japan, Korea, Tibet, Central Asia, South Asia, South East Asia, History, Archaeology, Sociology, Anthropology, Religion, Philosophy, Languages
  • Biblical Studies, Ancient Near East and Early Christianity E-Book Collections (2007-2018) covering: Biblical Studies, Ancient Judaism, Ancient Near East, Egyptology, Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnosticism & Manichaeism, Early Church & Patristics
  • Brill's Companions in Classical Studies Online I and II
  • Brill Reformation Year E-Book Collection - covering: Reformation studies; Church history; Early modern history; European history; Social and cultural history; Book history ; History of art; Interfaith relations; Christian theology.
  • Classical Studies E-Book Collections (2007-2018) covering: Ancient Philosophy, Ancient History, Ancient Religion, Greek and Roman Literature, Epigraphy & Papyrology, Archaeology
  • The Diary of Heinrich Witt E-Book Collection - the diary gives a unique version of commerce and trade, politics and politicians, and of lawsuits and corruption in nineteenth-century Peru and abroad.
  • European History and Culture E-Book Collections (2007-2018) covering: Medieval History, Early Modern History, Modern History, European History, Mediterranean History, Atlantic History, Jewish History, Reformation History, History of Ideas
  • Global Oriental E-Book Collection (2007-2010 only) covering: Inner and East Asia, Korea, Japan, Mongolia, History, Linguistic
  • KITLV Special Collection (2007-2012)
  • Language and Linguistics E-Book Collections (2011-2018) covering:Linguistics, Indigenous languages, Semantics, Reference, Literacy, Grammar, Phonetics
  • Language and Linguistics Special E-Book Collection (2007 - 2012)
  • Literature and Cultural Studies E-Book Collection (2015-2018) covering: English, German, French, Slavic, Italian, Dutch, Hispanic, Scandinavian, Baltic, Literature & Arts, Comparative Literature, World Literature, Translation Studies, Postmodernism, Postcolonial Studies
  • Middle East and Islamic Studies E-Book Collections (2007-2018) covering: Islam, History, Culture, Language, Philosophy, Theology, Mysticism, Social and Political Studies
  • Religious Studies Theology and Philosophy E-Book Collections (2007-2018) covering: Religious Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Christianity, History of Religion, Religion & Society, Missionary Studies
  • Library of Contemporary Jewish Philosophers Ebook Collection - a subset of Religious Studies Theology & Philosophy E-Book Collection 2007/18, showcases outstanding Jewish thinkers who have made lasting contributions to constructive Jewish philosophy in the second half of the 20th century. Each volume is devoted to one particular thinker and is meant to show the thinker’s relationship to the Jewish philosophical past and to contemporary Jewish existence. Each volume follows the same structure: an overview essay, several seminal essays by the philosopher, an interview with the editors, and a select bibliography of 120 items. See title list.
  • Rodopi Archive Collection - titles from international academic publishing house Editions Rodopi, founded in 1966 in Amsterdam covering: European History, Language and Linguistics, Religion, Theology, Philosophy.
  • Russian Revolution Centenary Collection (2007-2017) offers unique access to eBooks covering numerous aspects of the Russian Revolution, its genesis and antecedents, its context, its impact, its adherents and opponents in Russia and beyond, and its aftermath.
  • Social Sciences E-Book Collections (2007-2018) covering: Sociology, Social Anthropology, Political Science, Economics, Critical Sociology, Comparative Studies, African Studies


  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Law E-Books Collections (2006-2018)covering: Human Rights, Refugee Law, Immigration Law, Health Law, Children’s Rights, Minority and Group Rights, Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law
  • International Law E-Books Collections (2006-2018)covering: Public International Law, Law of the Sea, International Trade Law, International Labour Law, Environmental Law, European Law, Islamic Law, International Relations, International Organizations, Terrorism, Legal History


  • Apollo Books Special Collection (2007-2012)
  • Biology E-Book Collections (2011-2018 and 2007-2010) covering: Botany, Carcinology, Entomology, Nematology, Perception and Behaviour, Zoology in general
  • KNNV Special Collection (2004-2013) covering: Wildlife, Nature and Conservation for the general and scientific market

Access and Identity Management Solution

Solution Availability

OpenAthens (SAML)


Shibboleth (SAML)


IP address range


Username / Password


Technical Function Specification

The supplier confirms that throughout the term of the agreement the products will comply with the standards indicated.

Technical Function



Supplier Notes

Full text linking




Federated searching

Z39.50 protocol








RSS or Atom



Metadata standards

Dublin Core





eBooks: Free of charge from Brill Online Marc Records




Months embargo period




Digital preservation








Usage statistics








Web Content Accessibility Guidelines



Personalisation features



Some, for details, please visit: Information for Researchers and Students

Service levels



The content is static for each collection and collection year – new content will be available during the agreement but will have to be purchased separately.


All new platform functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge.

Service and Support


For a 30 day free trial of this service please contact Chest Help

Login information

Brill Online

Technical Support

Support will be provided by Brill in the Netherlands during their normal working hours via a single contact or his/her deputy at each Institution. Brill support can be contacted at:


Product Documentation

'Brill Online hints and tips for librarians' may be freely copied by any Licensed Institution.

Copying of hardcopy and electronic documentation is permitted. A user may:

  • print a copy or download and save individual chapters, articles or other single items of the Products for personal use
  • distribute a copy of individual chapters, articles or other single items of the Products in print or electronic form to other Users or to other individual scholars collaborating with Users but only for the purposes of research and private study. For the avoidance of doubt, this Sub-clause shall include the distribution of a copy for teaching purposes to each individual student User in a class at the Licensee’s Site
  • download a copy of individual chapters, articles or other single items of the Products and share the same with Users or other individual scholars collaborating in a specific research project with such Users provided that it is held and accessible within a closed network that is not accessible to any person not directly involved in such collaboration and provided that it is deleted from such network immediately upon completion of the collaboration. 


Training and Training Materials

Onsite training can be arranged at the supplier's standard rates for such services.

Terms and Conditions

The Chest Order, together with the Licence Terms and Conditions, and any exceptions listed below, create a legally binding contract between your institution, organisation or company and the Licensor. Therefore please read the terms and conditions carefully and only submit a Chest Order if its terms and conditions are acceptable to your institution, organisation or company and you have the authority to make the financial commitment shown.


This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources with the exceptions listed at the bottom of the page.

  • The Fee for early termination in accordance with clause 10.4 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil. Please note that this clause has been amended. The notice period under this agreement is ninety days, not sixty.
  • The Fee for retention rights upon termination in accordance with clause 10.5 of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is nil.
  • Alumni walk-in use is allowed under the standard licence and is included in the Fee.

Payment Terms

One-Off Purchase:

On receipt of a completed Order, Institutions will be invoiced for the Agreement year in which the Licence is signed.

There is no monthly pro-rata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.


This Site licence is subject to the terms and conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources with the exceptions listed below.

What are institutions and library services allowed to do?

Keep a local cached copy for Educational Purposes


Incorporation of parts of the Licensed Material


Deposit learning and teaching objects in repositories


Interlibrary loan (restricted to UK and by post only)


Who can use the resource?


On site

Remote access







Walk-in users



Alumni members



What can authorised users do?

The resources can be used for Educational Purposes – defined as:

  • education
  • teaching
  • distance learning
  • private study
  • academic research
  • administration and management of the Licensee’s educational or research operations

Exclusions: [Delete or amend as appropriate]

  • See the Licence for any exclusions and restrictions
  • The resources may not be used for anything other than Educational Purposes unless the Licence Extension for Commercial Projects has been bought; this allows use for the restricted “Commercial Projects” defined – see Annex B of the Licence (Licence Extension for Commercial Projects)
  • Downloading of large amounts of material by authorised users that might be considered ‘systematic’.

Termination Clauses

Material downloaded under the Agreement before its expiry may continue to be used under the same licence conditions as pertain while the Agreement exists. Once the Agreement has terminated then no further access to the service and to future publications will be possible unless the Agreement is renewed or extended. If the Agreement is renewed or extended then new conditions will apply. If the Agreement is not renewed then renewal is a matter between Institutions and Brill.

Exceptions to the Terms and Conditions

Clause 2.2(m) of the Terms and Conditions for the Standard Chest Licence for Online Resources is amended to restrict Interlibrary loan to the UK and by post only, by the insertion of the words “in the UK” between the phrases “another library” and “by post”.

Products and Pricing

Outright purchase

All prices are in Euro’s and exclude VAT.

Additional discounts

One collection = one collection year (for example, Biology 2011 = one collection; Biology 2007/10 and Biology 2011 = two collections).

  • Order one or two collections using a single Order, the price shall be the above price less 15%.
  • Order three or four collections using a single Order, the price shall be the above price less 20%.
  • Order five or six collections using a single Order, the price shall be the above price less 25%.
  • Order seven or more collections using a single Order, the price shall be the above price less 30%.

We are aggregating orders from all sites to maximize the discount for all sites – please contact Chest Help for details.

Please place your order and Chest Help will apply any discount that applies and let you know the cost.

Payment terms are shown at the bottom of the page.

Brill eBook Collections


Payment Terms

On receipt of a completed Order Institutions will be invoiced for those products orders less the appropriate discount

There is no monthly pro-rata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.

All Purchase Orders must be made out to Eduserv.

Payments are due within thirty days of invoice date; recipients of late payments are entitled to interest in accordance with UK statutory provisions.

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