Read eBooks

Electronic books obtained by the library are available on the university network. You can search for eBooks using Helka or the BookNavigator.


You can read eBooks through the browser (online). Most books are based on the PDF format and require the user to have the free Adobe Reader or similar software.

Most of the books or their parts may also be borrowed, i.e. downloaded on your computer. For some of the books, an Adobe ID is required for the download, and the free Adobe Digital Editions reader software is needed for reading the downloaded book.

If you want to read the eBook you have borrowed on more than one device, the reader software must be authorised with an Adobe ID. After the authorisation, you may transfer the eBook file from one device to another and use the Adobe ID to open it on the different devices.

The loan periods of entire books vary in different eBook services. The eBook cannot be opened after the loan period has ended, but it can be checked out again. The services also have different limitations for printing the books or parts of books.

In nearly all eBook services the books or parts of them may also be downloaded to be read on mobile devices. The most common reader software (if necessary) is the free Bluefire Reader.

More detailed instructions on the use of eBooks can be found in the eBooks Guide.

Raymond’s platonic friend Gunilla Parmesan had acquired a new flat and a dog. Raymond was already on his way to her housewarming party, painfully aware of the fact that a big exam was waiting for him. On his way, he popped into the library to borrow an exam book, so he would be able to start reading immediately on the next morning. At Gunilla’s place, Raymond left his bag open by the door. As he was leaving, Raymond discovered his open bag, and next to it, a badly torn exam book, with some tattered pages ripped out. The dog was sitting in the corner. Raymond crouched down by the dog, and in the animal’s apologetic gaze, he thought he saw a suggestion to seriously consider becoming an eBook user. Raymond nodded at the dog. So it would be. An eBook could be checked out on a Sunday morning, and could not be eaten.