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E-books: General

Metropolia e-book services

The library provides access to various e-book services for students and staff of Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.  

The terms of use, licenses, loan periods and required reading applications vary between different e-book databases.

  • Some e-books are available for multiple simultaneous users while others have restrictions on concurrent use (e.g. 1-3 simultaneous users).
  • Some e-book services require you to register and create a separate user account for using all functionalities of their e-book platform (printing, downloading, making reservations etc.).

Instructions for different e-book services can be found in this guide.

If you have any questions concerning e-books contact the library:

Why use e-books?

  • Can be read anywhere and anytime (log in with Metropolia user ID and password)
  • Printed book not available? See if there is an e-book alternative
  • Possibility to search within the contents of books
  • You don't have to worry about due dates and overdue fines

Adobe reader apps and Adobe ID

On some e-book platforms the Adobe Acrobat Reader is all you need to read e-books in PDF format.

Many e-book platforms use Adobe Digital Editions e-book reader, which can be used to read various e-book formats (PDF, EPUB).

  • Operating systems: Windows and Mac
    • Mobile devices: Android and iOS
  • By authorizing your reader  with an Adobe ID you can read the same e-book using different devices. You can authorize max. 6 devices.

Suggest an e-book for purchase

Suggest acquisition of an e-book via e-mail:  

Availability of e-books via library:

  • Please note that although a book can be purchased in electronic format by individuals it may not be available for organisations (libraries)
  • Publishers can also restrict the availability of the latest editions of books, and sometimes only older editions are available as an e-book

E-book glossary

Adobe Acrobat Reader:  Application for reading PDF files.

Adobe Digital Editions: Adobe e-book reader for reading and downloading DRM-protected e-books

> Download Adobe Digital Editions
> Adobe Digital Editions Help

Adobe ID: Free Adobe account, needed when downloading most e-books. Authorize your Adobe Digital Editions with Adobe ID. Limitation of one Adobe ID per user (e-mail). Maximum of six apps/devices can be authorized with one Adobe ID.

> Get Adobe ID

DRM: Digital Rights Management: technology used to control access to digital data. It limits what a user can do with the content.

EPUB: Open-source e-book file format. Allows fixed layout and optimized text. Read more on EPUB on Wikipedia.

PDF: Adobe's Portable Document Format for documents. Although it is not an actual e-book format (does not allow text optimization), many e-books are still published as pdf files.

Find e-books

E-books can be found in e-book databases and in MetCat Finna.

MetCat Finna

You can find most of the e-books in MetCat Finna which includes over 100 000 e-books and open access publications

Search results in MetCat Finna include access links to e-books and other e-resources.

Download e-books

1. Install Adobe Digital Editions e-book reader
2. Authorize Adobe Digital Editions:

  • With Adobe ID
    • This will enable you to read e-books on multiple devices
    • Required with mobile apps
    • Create an Adobe ID. The email address you enter will be your Adobe ID.
  • On an computer you can also authorize the reader without an Adobe ID:
    • Choose: "I want to authorize my computer without an ID.”

More information on Adobe Digital Editions online.

Remote use

E-resources are available within Metropolia network and also remotely. Remote access is available for Metropolia students and staff by using Metropolia username and password.

Terms of use

Terms of use for e-books are defined in license agreements. Use is typically restricted for teaching, studying, researching and for private use. E-resources provided by Metropolia libraries cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Check the terms of use for individual e-resources via E-resources A-Z list by clicking the ©-sign.

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