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Electronic Resources: eBooks

Finding eBooks at UN Library Geneva

Use Global Search to search for eBooks in all UN Library & Archives Geneva electronic collections at once, or you can search and browse directly in a specific eBooks database.

The main eBook collections available through UNOG Library are listed below.  To find eBooks databases categorized by subject area, click here.

Request individual eBook platform credentials

The eBook platform EBSCOhost Ebooks can be accessed from remotely.
Most staff can use OpenAthens to do so, but some patrons may need to request individual sign-in credentials.

If you are UN Staff or a member of a Permanent Mission you can make a request for individual credentials using the link below:

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This site contains links and references to third-party databases, websites, books and articles. It does not imply the endorsement of the content by the United Nations.

Copyright Warning

Please note that all resources should be used solely for official purposes. It is strictly forbidden to store or redistribute the contents beyond personal use. It is also strictly prohibited to copy or download an entire issue or issues of a journal from these resources. Any breach of these terms will result in the immediate termination of all access by the provider.

We therefore kindly ask that UN colleagues and other Library clients be responsible users of copyrighted material.

E-books Collections

Downloading eBooks

Depending on publisher determined access rights, our ebook providers offer the opportunity to download whole ebooks or chapters of ebooks for offline use.

Format availability information is stated on the ebook landing page of the title chosen and accessed using your library's Global Search catalogue.


eBooks/chapters as PDF files

Our ebook providers do offer the opportunity to download books and sections of books in PDF format, although the number of pages that can be downloaded in one session may be limited.

Adobe Reader software is required to download PDF files:


eBooks as EPUB files

Our eBook platforms also permit downloading of eBooks in a special electronic publications (EPUB) format for reading on an e-reader application.

Generally this format is considered a virtual "loan", meaning that it will be virtually returned at the end of the loan period (it will disappear from the e-reader library to which it was downloaded). eBooks can also be renewed and returned early.

To download and read books in EPUB format you will need to:

1. Install eBook reader (e-reader) software

EPUB files can only be opened with specific software.  Below are links to two examples of software that can read EPUB files, Adobe Digital Editions, and Bluefire Reader, both of which are free to download and will work with files from many different sources:

For Windows PC/Mac

 For mobile devices


2. Create an Adobe ID

In order to use the software for access to eBooks in this format, you must also log in with an Adobe ID.  This safeguard ensures that readers respect the copyright and terms of use for these resources. 

An Adobe ID can be created for free.