Electronic books

Bücher mit Laptop

E-books are publications available on the Internet that can be accessed and read mainly in the PDF or HTML format. E-books acquired or licensed by Erfurt University Library can be used free of charge from all internet-connected devices (including wi-fi for members of the University) on the campus of the University in Erfurt and Gotha.

Off-campus access is possible 

  • without restriction for electronic resources free of charge (e.g. publications by members of Erfurt University)
  • to all members of Erfurt University via Shibboleth or VPN
  • Further information can be found on the page "Conditions of Use and Access".

Further processing options, such as downloading of chapters, printing are regulated in the terms of use of the providers. They can be found in the provider directory. Please consider copyright regulations and terms of use of every provider or you may be held liable in case of abuse.

E-Books can be found in the  Online-Catalogue and the  Search Portal Discovery. Please use the advanced search function in the Online-catalogue or the Union Catalogue (GVK). Combine your search terms with the material selection “online resources (without periodicals)”. You can use "filter" or "analyse set" to refine your search.
In the Search Portal Discovery you may refine your search with type "electronic" and formats "book".

The library's e-books include:


Purchased or licensed electronic monographs The provider directory providesan overview with title lists and terms of use of the respective provider.

National licenses

E-book collections licensed by the German Research Foundation (DFG) under national licenses for scholarly work throughout Germany.

E-books in databases

E-books within online databases to which the university provides access. Titles are referenced in the library catalog.

Publications by members of the university

Freely accessible electronic publications by members of the University of Erfurt (incl. qualification publications)

Digitized files from the DHB

Digitized copies of old prints and manuscripts from the library's collection in the Digital Historical Library Erfurt/Gotha

Open Access