E-books - guide: General

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Bluefire Reader (most common program to mobile devices) has retired. Alternatives are Aldiko and Adobe Digital Editions.

How to use e-books - General information

The e-books of the Library are acquired primarily for the students and staff of the University of Helsinki. For full access you need a user account for the University information system. With the user account you can also access the e-resources via remote connection. You can search e-books like any other books, from Helka-Database or you can use Booknavigator for searching.

If you are a walk-in customer, you can access the e-resources at the Library premises either by using the computers reserved for visitors or on your own laptop via a wireless HUPNet connection. The customer service desk can provide you with a temporary HUPNet account.

Most of the Helsinki University Library's e-books can be read via the internet without a separate device or programme. Check the Compare tab above to get an overview of how to use the e-books acquired by the Helsinki University Library.

Most of the e-books

  • Can be found in the library's Helka-database
  • Can be read as PDF-files or HTML pages or with Adobe Digital Editions
  • Can be used both through the university network as well as on a home computer by logging in with your Helsinki University username and password

Many e-book services require a username and password when downloading a book to your own device. You have to create an ID to the service - you cannot use your Helsinki University username and password.

E-books and QR Code

  • QR Code is a two-dimensional barcode which is typically used with smartphones or tablets as QR code scanner, displaying the code and converting it to URL for a website.
  • You can download the QR code scanner onto your mobile device from the Apple (Appstore), Android (Google Play) and Microsoft (Microsoft Marketplace) application shops.
  • You can find QR codes for example from the library shelves. The number of course books which are published as e-versions is constantly increasing.