The ULB Darmstadt in coordination with the TU President has terminated the electronic journal licensing contract with the publisher Elsevier to 31 December 2017. Cause for this decision were unsuccessful negotiations since 2016 between Elsevier and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) which were conducted on behalf of the Alliance of Science Organisation in Germany to conclude nationwide licensing agreements (project DEAL, see last paragraph for more information).
In 2016 already 60 libraries terminated their contracts with Elsevier or allowed them to expire, this year further 111 libraries and other institutions followed.


In case Elsevier does not introduce transitional arrangements or a “grace period” the following situation will likely arise on 1 January 2018:

None of the 3,060 electronic journals of the so called “freedom collection” will be accessible any more.

Access will be granted only to archival volumes 1995-2015 and 2016-2017 of these titles:

Contracted Journals until December 2015 (1995-2015)

Journals for the contract 2017 (2016-2017)

Access will still be granted to „National Licenses” subsidised by the German Research Council (DFG) which may include the volumes 1907-2002 depending on the title.

„Emergency supply“ by the ULB

The ULB has established an „Elsevier Service Group“ which will procure scientific papers from Elsevier formerly available in full text on alternative ways (interlibrary loan, commercial document delivery services, open access publications). For the academic staff papers will be delivered in print directly into the office, students can collect papers at the library.

The ULB assumes all costs and expenses for inter library loans of TU members. Orders by academic staff via the document delivery service SUBITO will be subsidized within the scope of financial possibilities.

To order, please contact and provide the following information:

  • author, title of scientific paper, journal title, year of publication, volume, pages (or DOI)
  • name, first name, and library card number
  • office address
  • order by inter library loan or SUBITO?

Order form

Project aim

The goal of Project DEAL is to conclude nationwide licensing agreements for the entire portfolio of electronic journals (E-journals) from major academic publishers from the 2017 licence year. The intention is also to bring about significant change to the status quo in relation to negotiations, content and pricing in the process. The effects of a consortium agreement at the national level should relieve the financial burden on individual institutions and bring wide-scale, lasting improvements in access to scholarly literature for academics. An open access component is also planned.

See here for current information about the DEAL-negotiations.