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The libraries would appreciate any feedback you may have on these resources. Depending on the feedback obtained and the cost involved, some of these databases may be added to the LAU Libraries Electronic Resources collection. Send your input to the InfoCommons Librarian via e-mail at

Any username/password provided to users to access resources are strictly confidential and are not for distribution or sharing or public posting. It is the sole responsibility of each user to ensure that they use these products for individual, noncommercial purposes. Acceptable use forbids downloading contents of entire issues of a given journal title.

  • Bloomsbury Design Library

    Bloomsbury Design Library offers cross-searchable access to a broad and expanding range of encyclopedias, reference works, e-books and more about design and crafts worldwide, from 1500 BCE to the present day.

    On trial basis from

    Dec. 1, 2017 till February 28, 2018

  • Building Types Online

    Building Types Online is a full text database from Birkhäuser, it is an online resource for teaching and practice of architectural design. BTO is a large international collection of contemporary buildings: housing, schools, libraries, office buildings, museums, sacred buildings, industrial complexes and other building types, and comprises currently approx. 5000 drawings and 2000 photos. 

    You can search or browse 850+ building case studies from around the world and around 120 thematic articles. Case studies include drawings and photographs, often with highly detailed vector-based plans.

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    On trial basis from

    September 12, 2017 till December 31, 2017

  • DETAIL inspiration - online database for architects

    This image and reference database uses precise, relevant visual inspirations to support architects in
    their search for construction solutions. With more than 3,300 projects from the last 32 years, DETAIL
    inspiration is a highly valuable source of research and inspiration for architects, giving access to
    reference photographs, sketches, technical product information, within a clearly structured search
    and filter system. All project descriptions are available for download. The database design is
    optimized for your smart phone, tablet and desktop.

    On trial basis from

    September 1, 2017 till November 18, 2017

  • Karger Publishers

    Karger Publishers in Basel, Switzerland, is a medical and scientific publishing company dedicated to serving the information needs of the scientific community with publications covering all fields of medical science. The Karger publishing program comprises some 50 new book releases every year as well as 105 peer-reviewed journals, which includes a growing number of open access journals. Karger content is published predominantly in English, with a strong focus on basic and clinical research, and is in general available electronically online.

    On trial basis from

    September 15, 2017 till December 15, 2017

  • Nano Online

    The one-stop-shop for nano-science - offers a comprehensive coverage of the subject area nano science and technology. This database allows for easy access to research results from a cross section of disciplines active in this area - including physics, chemistry and materials science as well as engineering and medicine. 

    The database includes more than 1,200 entries (an equivalent of more than 17,000 print pages) from journals and books as well as Open Access content. Annual updates of more than 200 entries (about 2,000 print pages) will supply state-of-the-art research results.

    On trial basis from

    October 2, 2017 till December 31, 2017

Databases previously available on this page