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Electronic Resources: eBooks

Finding eBooks at UN Library Geneva

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

The main eBooks collections available through UNOG Library are listed in the column to the right.  To find eBooks databases categorized by subject area, click here.

What You Need to Download eBooks

eBooks/chapters as PDF files

All of the eBook collections offered by the Library allow users to read content online while on-site at the Palais des Nations and to download content in PDF format for offline reading; 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

Some eBook platforms (including ebrary) also permit downloading of eBooks in a special electronic publications (EPUB) format that has additional restrictions and requirements for access. 

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

1. Install eBook 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.


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.

Request individual eBook platform credentials

The eBook platforms eBook Central and EBSCOhost Ebook Central can be accessed from home with individual sign in credentials.

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

Ebook Central

Includes "Government Complete", a growing eBook collection spanning a vast range of topics, including international relations, law, business/management, technology, and health/wellness.

Ebook Central offers two options for downloading content:

Download an entire eBook (EPUB) Download pages (PDF)
- Downloads expire after a certain number of days
- Cannot print
- PDF does not expire
- Limited number of pages
- Can print


To download in any format, it is necessary to log in with a personal Ebook Central ID.  Click here to get started. 

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