E-book offerings

The UB is continuously expanding its range of electronic media by
by licensing ebooks from from all disciplines.

Around 340.000 e-books are currently available,
partly accessible for a limited time in projects of user-controlled acquisition.

In addition, many e-books are available via national licences financed by the DFG.

More about national licences

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Suggest e-books for purchase

The title you need is only available in print or not even available at all?

The library would like to buy more e-books, which are available in spite of currently closed branch libraries.

Suggest titles for purchase!
We will then check whether the e-book can be purchased for UDE-wide use.

Your order request: go to the form

Currently in focus - new offerings

Springer Education

Logo Springer Verlag

UDE members have access to
Springer Education.

The package includes about 450 e-books in English language on education published in 2020.

Springer Education

Initiative E-Books.NRW

All UDE members can access the full range of e-books from various publishers by the end of 2023:

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UDE members have access to all e-books of the Beck-eLibrary until April 2022.

Main topics: Economics and Law


utb elibrary

More than 18.000 titles from 36 publishers are available via the utb.elibrary platform until 31/12/2021.

After that, well-used e-books are selected for permanent access.

utb elibrary

Use e-books

University members of the UDE can use licensed e-books regardless of time and location. For access from outside the campsite, please log in via Shibboleth or VPN. For both login methods, your UDE identification (= Unikennung) and the corresponding password are required.

External users can use the PC workstations in the branch libraries for their research. It is possible to store excerpts from e-books on a USB flash drive or print them out for a fee.

Access via Shibboleth

Shibboleth is a method for distributed authentication and authorization for web applications and web services. For authentication you need your UDE identification (= Unikennung) and your password.

Instructions for shibboleth authentication

Access via VPN

Through access via VPN (Virtual Private Network) you build a tunnel to the UDE network. All your data traffic is transmitted via an encrypted connection via the UDE VPN server. As long as the connection exists, your computer is assigned an IP address from the university network.

Accessing the Internet via VPN

Please note:
Usually, e-books can be used by several users simultaneously.

For some e-books only a limited number of simultaneous accesses is available. In this case, you will be notified when all available licenses are used. Please try again after some time.

Terms of use for electronic resources

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions regarding the use of e-books, we will be happy to help you: