How many e-books does the library offer?

The Duisburg-Essen University Library keeps expanding its range of electronic media by purchasing and licencing e-books of all subjects.

There are currently around 268.000 e-books available; approximately 80.000 are temporarily offered in various patron driven acquisition models.

Many e-books are available through DFG-funded national licenses.

How can I find e-books?

The e-books are listed individually in our Primo catalogue.

The Digital Library provides an overview of purchased and licenced e-book collections.

Furthermore you can find many open access e-books at and

How can I use e-books?

Members of the UDE can access licenced e-books at any time and place. An access beyond the campuses is possible via VPN (Login with university identification = Unikennung).

External users can access e-books on one of the PC workplaces in the branch libraries. It is possible to save excerpts from e-books on a USB flash drive or to print for a fee.

The complete content of an e-book is quickly accessible via full-text search so that fast and easy access to certain information is ensured.

Generally, e-books can be used by several users at once so that reservations and waiting periods do not apply.

Please note:

Some e-books are only available with a limited access for only one user at a time. If a licence is currently in use, you yill get an error message. Please try again to access the e-book after a while.

Please mind the terms of use of every e-book provider.

If you have further questions regarding e-book access or download, please contact our central information services (