An active university card or library card is needed to use the e-books. Students and employees of the university can also access the books from home. The number of concurrent users can be limited for some of the books.

The e-books can be located with the search function on the home page of the library’s website. Within the e-book platform you may also search the content of the books.

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Download copyrighted books

Some of the books on the e-book platforms are copyright protected. The term DRM (Digital Rights Management) means that publishers use different techniques to control the dissemination and use of the content. If you want to download books protected by copyright to read when you are not online, you often need to do the following three things.

Get an Adobe ID (free of charge)

Activate the username and password in the program or app you want to use to read the books. You will only have to do this one time, and you can activate your ID in multiple programmes and apps.

Download a programme or app for e-book reading

To read on a computer, download Adobe Digital Editions (free of charge), and for reading on a mobile or tablet, download an app such as Bluefire Reader (free of charge and available in the App store and in Google Play).

Personal account

Create a personal account on the e-book platform.

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Different terms and functionality

Terms of use, functionality and style vary from book to book. The variations depend on the publisher of the book and the platform they use. For example, there might be download and print restrictions, or different options when creating bookmarks and making notes in the books. The terms that apply to a specific book and its interface will become apparent when you register or use the help function on the platform where the book is available.

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Format

The most common format of the books is PDF, but EPUB and HTML are also frequently available. In databases with older digitized literature, books might use different image formats like JPEG, GIF and TIFF.

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