E-books

Read and work online.

Find out more about our extensive range of e-books. If you are a member of the University of Freiburg, you can access the e-books from anywhere, otherwise you can access this service from our public computers in the University Library.

You don’t even need an e-book reader: you can read and work online, and it’s so easy! Search for and find our e-books in Katalog plus or browse the list of e-book collections by specialist field.

Finding e-books

Searching our e-book collections

You will find an overview of our e-book collections here. Select your chosen specialist field.

The university's e-book collections

Tip: You can also find a selection of medical e-books, organised by subject area, in the Library of the Medical Center - University of Freiburg.

Searching in Katalog plus

You can narrow your search results down to media available online, e.g. e-books, e-journals and databases, in Katalog plus by selecting the “Electronic Resource” media type. Once you have found an e-book, you can gain direct access to the full text via the link in the “Holdings info” tab.

Using e-books

There are four ways to access this service.

For members of the University of Freiburg

  • At any computer in the university
  • Externally by logging in to the university network via the computer centre’s VPN
  • And/or externally with your university account

For external users with a library card

  • At certain computers in the foyer in addition to the reading rooms on the first and third floors of the University Library
Terms of use

Writing texts and books is hard work. With this in mind, we respect the copyright ownership and the agreed terms of use. We ask that you do the same. Here is some information about the rules in place and the consequences of violating them.

  • The publishers’ and/or providers’ terms of use must be read before use and observed during use.
  • The e-books may only be used for private and scientific purposes. Their commercial use and/or sale is not permitted. Passing on content to third parties, e.g. in the form of print-outs or downloads, is forbidden.
  • Only single pages or chapters in the e-books may be saved or printed out. Users must not systematically download or print out huge volumes of data. The use of rooting systems, spiders and web crawlers as well as automated downloading programs for systematic and automatic content searches, indexing and retrieval is not permitted. Violating these rules could lead to the permanent loss of access to online resources for the individual user or even the entire university, as the providers have the technology to monitor the download rates and volumes.
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