The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED) have signed an extensive and ground-breaking agreement for access to Springer eBooks on SpringerLink. The agreement represents the largest eBook deal ever to have been signed in Germany, and is, in fact, a national license for all English-language chemistry, materials science and medicine titles of the copyright years 2005 – 2008. Concretely, this means that all researchers, students and staff at all publicly funded universities, technical colleges and research institutions will have access to the content included in the deal. The agreement was made possible by support from the German Research Foundation (DFG).
The German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB; www.tib-hannover.de) and the German National Library of Medicine (ZB MED; www.zbmed.de), together with the German National Library of Economics/Leibniz Information Centre for Economics (ZBW; www.zbw.eu), form the Leibniz Library Network for Research Information (www.goportis.de). The network cooperates on issues of full text service, licenses, non-textual materials, digital preservation and open access. They bundle their activities concerning national licensing in a joint office, the Cooperative Office Goportis Licensing.