Instructions for E-Lending

E-Lending login

A login is required to use the e-lending service –  consisting of a user name (email address) and a password – required. 

Alumni as well as library customers and guests who are not members of ETH Zurich:

Please contact the library staff at the ETH Library InfoCenter in person to obtain a login. Please register in advance via (external link)

Guests who already have a login for the public workstations at ETH Library:
You can use this for the e-lending platform. No additional registration is required.

Members of ETH Zurich:
You can access licensed e-books in the ETH Zurich network.

Please note that all other university logins are not valid.

E-book search

You can access the e-lending service by searching in the ETH Library search portal (external link). In the tab “Books, journals and more” you can filter search results with the “Availability” function.  


Alternatively, you can use the advanced search function to search specifically for borrowable e-books.


If you wish to view the details (table of contents etc.) of the selected e-book, simply click on the title of the e-book. Then click on the link “Access via e-lending” to borrow the book.


You will now switch to the platform of the ProQuest aggregator. Customers who are not members of ETH Zurich should select the option “" in the selection window.


You can now read the e-book online, download single chapters permanently as PDF files or borrow the whole e-book for up to 8 days.


When browsing, four options are available:


Please note that the loan period may vary depending on the title.


E-book lending

Full download (max. 8 days)


You can download the e-books to your computer. This means that they are also available offline for the duration of the loan. You can also save individual chapters permanently.

The e-books are always available in PDF format, and some are also available in ePub format. Please select the desired format. (For further information about ePub, see:

International Digital Publishing Form (external link)


Technical requirements


To read the e-books on your computer or laptop, you must first install the free Adobe Digital Editions software.

Adobe Digital Editions (external link)


Would you like to read e-books from our e-lending service when you’re out and about? Install the Bluefire Reader App to download and read the e-books.

iTunes (external link) (iOS 8.2 or higher), Google Play (external link) (Android 4.0 or higher)