Major navigation

Portico eBooks 2017-2019

Ordering options and further information about this resource are available after you sign in

Portico is a not-for-profit service to help libraries preserve digital publications such as e-journals, e-books, and digitized historical collections. Through a permanent archive, Portico is there when libraries need it, like insurance. Content is ‘dark archived’ and made accessible to participating libraries if it becomes unavailable from the publisher or other sources. When would content no longer be available? An e-journal might cease publication or, more likely these days, your library may cancel an e-journal and want to continue access to subscribed years and to ‘hold’ this content in your collection. By participating in Portico’s preservation services, libraries protect their investment in e-content and provide themselves with a secure and reliable transition from print to a reliance on e-content. Portico has worked with Jisc Collections to establish a Collections Agreement and savings on participation in Portico to facilitate UK library participation in Portico’s e-journal and e-book digital preservation services. Savings are tiered based on the number of institutions participating through the offer each year. Further details on this offer are available at the Portico website:

Read the full description here

Subject Areas

  • Arts and Humanities
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Social Sciences

Portico accepts publisher content from all subject areas and places no restrictions on the amount of content accepted from each publisher. Subject areas covered will grow as additional publishers agree to archive their titles with Portico. Publisher participants include commercial houses, university presses, and professional societies.

Academic Levels

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate
  • Research

Currently, Portico preserves scholarly, peer-reviewed literature, published in electronic form. Generally speaking, this literature is geared towards the Graduate and Undergraduate levels.

Resource Types

  • E-Books
  • Online Journals

Further information

This resource is updated daily.

In general, publishers seek to have full coverage of their journals in the Portico archive. Some titles, however, may only include e-versions dating from the mid-1990s. Coverage in the archive grows as publishers complete their backfile digitization projects.

Portico engages in digital preservation by following a series of management policies and activities necessary to ensure the enduring usability, authenticity, discoverability, and accessibility of electronic content over the very long-term. This includes following exacting standards and processes for content management and maintenance and replication of the archive, conducting self-checks and third-party archive certifications to ensure quality and security; maintaining a delivery system and services to provide access to users in ways that are as easy and integrated with other online resources as they expect. Using a preservation technology infrastructure to support its digital preservation best practices, Portico continually preserves new publisher content. The rate at which new content is preserved depends on its availability from the publisher and the time required to perform content management activities to meet Portico’s preservation standards.