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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

Find e-books

You can find links to e-books in MetCat Finna, or you can browse the various e-book services.

  • MetCat Finna
    • Search MetCat Finna to find thousands of e-books and open access publications. 
    • Search results in MetCat Finna include access links to e-books and other e-resources.
    • Search MetCat Finna
  • E-book services
    • You can find more information on the various e-book services within this guide.
    • You can also find links to all e-resources on the E-resources A-Z list.
    • E-resources A-Z list

Using e-books

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.

You can read most e-books in a browser. Some e-books can also be downloaded (for example e-books in Ebook Central, Ebsco e-books and Springer).

Usage restrictions vary between different e-book services: 

  • some services have no restrictions on the number of concurrent users e.g. Springer
  • some e-books can be read by 1 to 3 simultaneous users. Such e-books can be found in e.g. Ebook Central and EBSCO e-books.
  • usage can also be based on credits, where one use/loan/download = one credit. The book is available until the credits run out.

Printing and downloading restrictions also vary between different e-book services.

Rules for using e-resources

E-resources licensed by Metropolia library can only be used for non-commercial educational purposes (studying, teaching, research).

E-resources have their own terms of use which can be found via E-resources A-Z list by clicking the copyright icon ©. When you use e-resources, you are responsible for complying with their terms of use.

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.

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.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader

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

  • 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. More information on Adobe ID

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).
  • Thus, as a library we might not be able to purchase all required books as e-books.

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