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About the library's e-books

Search in LibSearch

The library's e-books can be found by searching for a title, author or a subject in Libsearch and then limiting your search to Source Type > eBooks.

You can also search directly on the E-book platforms.

Read Online

We recommend that you read the e-books online in the web browser as a first choice.This is is the best and easiest way with most e-books. Especially if you have a stable internet connection.

With the two most common platforms it works like this.

  • Ebook Central (Proquest)
    Your notes and books are saved without having to create an account. The books can then be found in your bookshelf.
  • Ebsco Ebook Collection
    To save your notes you need to create an personal account at Ebscohost.

Sometimes you can download a single chapter as a pdf without limitations but to download a complete e-book you might need to install certain apps and/or create an account. Notes made in downloaded books in Adobe Digital Editions will disappear once the loan has expired.

Tools to read offline

Adobe ID

Due to DRM (Digital Rights Management), you need an Adobe ID in order to download e-books from Ebook Central and EBSCO Ebook Collection.

Use this account to authorize Adobe Digital Editions and/or Bluefire Reader. Then use your Adobe ID to authorize your device on Adobe Digital Editions.


Adobe Digital Editions

To download, read on screen and to transfer e-books to a computer or other device you will need Adobe Digital Editions.

Adobe Digital Editions is compatible with Windows PC, Mac, smartphones and tablets.

DRM or why aren't all e-books the same?

Different ebook publishers specialize in different subject areas. This means that the library acquires ebooks from a number of different publishers and vendors. These vendors have often different policies on Digital Rights Management.

Digital Rights Management (DRM) control how the digital content is used. The DRM is set by the vendor or publisher, and determine things like:

  • whether more than one person at a time can view an ebook
  • whether the ebook can be downloaded
  • how much can be downloaded or printed
  • whether there is a time limit for viewing an ebook
  • what devices or programs can support the ebook's format or file type
  • whether you need an additional sign-in account (separate from your University login) to access features of the ebook.