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E-books: Dawsonera

About Dawsonera

Multidiciplinary e-book database.

Browse Dawsonera for e-books that are owned by Metropolia library (select Ebook catalogue and Owned by my library). You can also browse unowned content and preview unowned books for 5 minutes. E-books can also be found in MetCat Finna.

  • To access Dawsonera, click "Accept" to accept Dawsonera Terms and Conditions.

NB! At the moment new e-books are not purchased on Dawsonera platform.
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Dawsonera e-books


For Metropolia students and staff. 

Other users can read Dawsonera e-books only in the library. Access the platform first via e-resources A-Z-list, and search for the required book. Direct e-book links from MetCat Finna require Metropolia username.


Only owned e-books are available for reading and downloading (green lock icon  ).

  • Most e-books have 100-400 credits (1 credit = 1 user/day) and once the credits have run out, the e-book may no longer be available.
  • Some books have restricted use (eg. e-books published by Pearson have 1-3 concurrent users).

Loan period for most books is max. 7 days. Some books can be downloaded only for 24 hours.

Using Dawsonera features (e.g. copying, printing, adding notes) requires you to log in (use Shibboleth login).

Remote use 

When using e-book links from MetCat, login with Metropolia username and password.​​

When accessing Dawsonera platfrom via e-resources A-Z-list, choose Sign in >> Shibboleth login >> Metropolia ammattikorkeakoulu >> log in with Metropolia username.


You can read an e-book directly in a browser, reading software is not required.


E-books (PDF or  EPUB) can be downloaded onto your computer or mobile device.

Required reader: Adobe Digital Editions (or Bluefire Reader).

See Dawsonera instructions.


The amount you can print or copy (when reading an e-book in a browser) varies from title to title and is set by the publisher. For printing or copying you'll have to log in to Dawsonera with Metropolia username (choose Shibboleth login: Metropolia ammattikorkeakoulu).

E-book examples in Dawsonera

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.

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