MyBib eL®, the presentation and provisioning system for digital copies and full texts, has different authentication and authorization options and allows (legally) secure access to entire collections, books, magazines, contracts and plans.

MyBib eL® for Digital Copies Protected by the Copyright Act

MyBib eL® is a presentation platform for digital copies and full texts.

The system offers the possibility to digitally provide a variety of media copyright compliant.


MyBib eL® protects both the rights holder and the users against data misuse. A variety of authentication and authorisation processes permit the user to legally access the contents of digital collections, (text)books, journals, contracts, plans and other sensitive documents. MyBib eL®, as an electronic reading room, meets the legal requirements of § 52b of the German copyright law.

Benefits and features of the MyBib eL® copyright application

Secure provision of data

  • no local data storage – all relevant information is stored on the server of the owning institution
  • compressed and encrypted data transmission
  • no standard format for the display of the images
  • all activated workstations are checked and authorized by the server
  • temporary access to digital copies (eg. copies from campus delivery services)

Access control

  • access for authorized users on the premises of the institution at dedicated electronic reading stations
  • compliance with the requirements acc. § 52b German copyright law (in terms of access control, workstations, download and print possibilities, among others)
  • synchronization mechanisms between MyBib eL® and the library system to compare the electronic accesses

User comfort

  • display of structural information in the viewer for navigation support
  • full text search
  • viewer component with continuous zoom and wide-ranging display optimisation possibilities

Added value of the MyBib eL® copyright application

  • permanent availability of each title
  • electronic copy of missing, orphaned or misplaced copies
  • access to non-circulating titles (unique, reference stock)
  • convenient access through call up from the OPAC and from subject portals (links to MyBib eL®)
  • provision of usage statistics on different levels
  • no physical output of the medium, elimination of shelving time
  • elimination of replacement costs
  • minimisation of bookbinding costs
  • ensuring the intrinsic value of “defective books”
  • security from being destroyed and “graffiti”
  • quick online access to information!

Technical background of MyBib eL® copyright application

  • modern search engine technology to research within the MyBib eL®
  • easy software distribution through Java technology
  • automatic software component updates

Advanced use/access possibilities for MyBib eL®

For the provision of copies, which are not subject to copyright, there are print and download options. The access privileges of the user groups can be coordinated through the graduated rights management.

MyBib eL® seminars

Special MyBib eL® seminars impart the technical and organizational approach and clarify the legal requirements.

Applications of MyBib eL® copyright application (extract)

  • University Library of the University of Greifswald: electronic reading room for textbooks
  • Thuringian University and State Library Jena: electronic reading room for textbooks
  • Bavarian States Library Munich: delivery component for international Interlibrary loan
  • Göttingen State and University Library: delivery component for international Interlibrary loan
  • ZBW German National Library of Economics Hamburg and Kiel: delivery component for international Interlibrary loan
  • Olympia Verlag, Nuremberg: electronic reading room for kicker-subscribers

MyBib eL® for Digital Copies Not Protected by the Copyright Act

Die MyBib eL® Application for Digital copies without Access Restrictions

is a solution for the presentation of digital collections and individual electronic documents, which are not subjected to the copyright act or other access regulations.


In the MyBib eL® application for digital copies without access restrictions; i.e. digital collections and electronic documents, which are not subjected to copyright or other access regulations; access rights, such as extended read, print and download options can be assigned flexibly.


An OCR processing of the digital copies improves the findability of relevant documents and increases access to unique collections or valuable unique pieces. Benefits and features of the MyBib eL® solution are described in detail here. These are adapted to the user requirements.

Application sample of the MyBib eL® “open application”

Every EMMA (a political magazine completely run by women) issue from the first edition in 1977 up to now is digitised! Every single edition of the approximately 300 issues can now be found in the EMMA reading room. As of September 15th, 2011 scientist, media and interested people have free access to EMMA. Even editions which are no longer available, like the first edition from 1977, are once again accessible and searchable as full texts. A journey through important socio-cultural and political debates of the last 30 years is possible by browsing and keyword-based searching the EMMA issues.


For Alice Schwarzer, the founder of the journal, this was a politically motivated decision, because:” If you have no history, you don´t have a future. EMMAdigital is a project against oblivion and for the future.”

Link to the EMMA electronic reading room

MyBib eL® for Copyright Act Protected and Unprotected Digital Copies

Presentation of digital copies with and without access restrictions in one system

The stocking of MyBib eL® with (copyright law) protected and unprotected digital copies in ONE system is centrally controlled via MyBib eDoc®.


The central workflow management system MyBib eDoc® already classifies between “protected” and “free” digital objects during the digitisation process and the associated access privileges resp. read, print and download options.


Independent from the possibly required digitisation process, existing digital copies for presentation platform MyBib eL® can also be provided via MyBib eDoc®, although technical adaptations / conversions of the existing digital copies may be necessary.

Application sample of the MyBib eL® combi application

The Martin-Opitz-Bibliothek (MOB) is a central library on German culture and history in Eastern Europe and is – just like their electronic reading room – sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media. Over 300,000 media units to all cultural scientific areas are available in German and in all Slavic languages. One focus of the collection are the historic eastern provinces of Prussia. The electronic reading room comprises some 3,000 digitized items, including books, journals, calendars, cards and address books from the collection area of ​​the MOB.


Introductions to the electronic reading room of the Martin-Opitz Library


Direct Link to the electronic reading room of the Martin-Opitz Library