University of Erfurt

University Library Erfurt

Electronic books

General, Access

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-computers (including wireless) on the campus of Erfurt University and Gotha Research Library. 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
  • by User- ID to selected providers (e.g. Beck-online to academic staff of Erfurt University)


Please consider copyright regulations and terms of use of every provider or you may be held liable in case of abuse.

For terms of use: E-Books Provider Directory


Most electronic books can be searched in the  Online-Catalogue of Erfurt University Library and the  Search Portal Discovery. Please use the advanced search function in the Online-catalogue or the Union Catalogue (GBV). Combine your search terms with the material selection “online resources (without periodicals)”.
In the Search Portal Discovery you may refine your search with type "electronic" and formats "book".

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The e-book collection of the library consists of:

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Free E-book portals

  • Google Books
    Search and preview of books from libraries and publishers worldwide
  • Hathitrust
    Common digital library of important US-american research and university libraries and the Biblioteca de la Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
  • Open Library
    Online-project intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”. In many cases access to the digitized book title and full-text is possible.
  • Project Gutenberg
    (Copyright-) free e-books for download
  • Wikisource
    Online-library of free-content texts
  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
    Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) contains E-Books by academic publishers with Open Access

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