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ULB Düsseldorf caters to your digital literature needs with a diverse range of electronic media. These increasingly include e-books. See here for full details of how to access the e-books and further related services.

Accessing the e-books

You can browse the e-books in the ULB catalogue, which is the central reference tool of our holdings. Start your search, then limit the search results list to the publication type “online”. Alternatively, search the mostly subject-specific e-book collections.

Accessing Ebook Central

You’ll need to register to be able to make full use of the e-books that we’ve licensed via Ebook Central (print, download, annotate texts, etc.). This service is free and usage is not subject to any obligations.

Click on the e-book link in the ULB catalogue, then on “Download PDF chapter”. If you want to download a chapter, you’ll be prompted to create an account. The password must contain at least 8 letters, numbers or special characters. You can then log in using the account you’ve created.

Alternatively, you can register directly with Ebook Central (click on “Sign In” at the top right, then on “Request Account”). In future, you’ll then be able to use your account details to log in.

See the help page for details of all the options to print and download texts. The site also contains information on integrating search results into literature management programmes and much more.


Ebook Central
Ebook Central help page


The Ministry of Culture and Science launched the E-Books.NRW initiative to support students and universities in digital teaching. The initiative provides the state's 42 university libraries with a total of 40 million euros for e-book licences until 2023. The aim of E-Books.NRW is to meet the increased demand for permanently usable electronic media for studying and teaching across the state with the broadest possible spectrum of e-books.

E-media made available by ULB via the initiative can be accessed by searching our catalogue or, in addition, directly via the corresponding e-book collections: De Gruyter, Content-select, Bloomsbury Collections, Hanser, Meiner Nomos, VDI and Wiley. The offer also comprises e-media of various partner publishers.

Terms of use and licensing conditions

For licensing reasons, only HHU members and affiliates are able to access the e-books. All other ULB library card holders are only able to access the e-books at the computer terminals in the library.

According to the applicable copyright laws and ULB Düsseldorf’s licensing agreements, in most cases the contents of databases and e-books may not be downloaded or printed out in whole or in large parts.

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