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Brill Online Reference Work and Databases

Available to purchase until

Unlimited site licences for the reference works Classical World Online Package comprising Pauly Online (excluding Pauly Supplements) Jacoby Online and Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum, Index Islamicus Online, Encyclopaedia of Islam and Encyclopaedia of the Qur’ān Online, World Religion Database and World Christian Database.

Key Facts


  • Discounts from direct subscription or purchase
  • Standard terms and conditions

Important dates

Agreement start: 1 January 2019
Agreement end: 31 December 2021

Subsequent invoice date: 1 October

Commitment Period

This Agreement is of 3 years duration. Institutions may join the agreement at any time and are committed to the end of the Agreement.

Licence type

Site licence.


For a 30 day free trial of this service please contact Chest Help with the following information:

  • Institutional contact Name and email address
  • The date you wish the trial to commence
  • Your IP address range

Eligible Institutions

Universities, colleges and other learning, educational and research bodies in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

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

Background Information

Renewal of the popular agreement which has been in place continuously since 2006.

Product Information

Supplier Details

Publisher: Koninklijke Brill N.V., a public company registered at the Kamer van Koophandel (Chamber of Commerce) in Leiden, The Netherlands, under number 28000012, and whose Head Office is Plantijnstraat 2, 2321 JC Leiden, The Netherlands.

Product Description

Classical World Online Package comprising:

Index Islamicus Online

Encyclopaedia of Islam and Encyclopaedia of the Qur'ān Online Package (includes access to Encyclopaedia of the Qur'an Online, Early Western Qur'ans Online and the Qu'ran Concordance and Dictionary of Qur'anic Usage)

World Religion Database

World Christian Database

Access and Identity Management Solution

Solution Availability

OpenAthens (SAML)


Shibboleth (SAML)


IP address range


Username / Password




Referring url


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








Months embargo period




Digital preservation








Usage statistics










Web Content Accessibility Guidelines


 Brill Accessibility Statement

Personalisation features



Information for Researchers and Students

Service levels



New data is added as and when the print version is updated. Typically, online updates happen within three to six months after the print volume.


All additions and new functionality will be incorporated at no additional charge.

Service and Support


For a 30 day free trial of this service please contact Chest Help with the following information:

  • Institutional contact Name and email address
  • The date you wish the trial to commence
  • Your IP address range

Login information

Reference Works from 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

On site 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.

Payment Terms

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

In the case of renewals from the 2016 agreement they will be billed on receipt of order for the period commencing 1 January 2019.

In subsequent years, Institutions will be invoiced three months in advance of the anniversary date of the Agreement, on 1 October 2019 & 2020.

There is monthly pro-rata charging for Institutions which become licensed partway through a licence year.

All Purchase orders must be made out to JISC, 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB.

All terms contained in a PO are expressly rejected and do not form part of the Licence or vary the Licence terms in any way.

Please send purchase orders and any other files relating to your Chest order by email to help@chest.ac.uk or by mail to Chest (a Jisc Enterprise), 4 Portwall Lane, Bristol, BS1 6NB

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

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 the 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


  • The resources may not be used for anything other than Educational Purposes
  • Downloading of large amounts of material by authorised users that might be considered ‘systematic’.

Termination Clauses

Subject to any Fee shown below, the Licensee may retain an electronic copy of the Licensed Material in its archives for reference only.  Copies of parts of the Licensed Material already made and/or used by the Licensee or Authorised may be retained and used in accordance with the terms of this Licence Agreement.

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.

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.

Sites may opt out of their licence by giving notice on or before 1 October with will take effect on the following 1 January.

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.

Personal Licences

Personal licences are not available under this Agreement.

Products and Pricing

All prices are in Euros (€s) and exclude VAT.

institutions may choose to be billed in Euros or Sterling – please advise which option you would prefer on your order form.

Agreement year: 1 January to 31 December

Payment terms are shown on the Terms and Conditions tab.

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