Ebook Central has tens of thousands of mainly English language e-books from various fields of science. The service includes the former Ebrary and Ebook Library collections. These e-books can be read either directly in your browser or by loaning the books onto your own workstation.
The majority of the books may be loaned for 1-7 days, a few for 1-3 days. If you’re using a laptop or desktop, you need Adobe Digital Editions a free program that is different than Adobe Reader. On iOS and Android devices, you need Bluefire Reader, which is free from the App Store and Google Play. You need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader. For laptops and desktops an Adobe ID is required only if you want to transfer a downloaded book to another device, but but not if you’re just reading it on the same computer.
You can save books to your own Ebook Central bookshelf, write notes and underline passages in the books and format a limited number pages/book into a normal PDF file. E-books can also be downloaded onto tablet devices (iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab), e-Readers (Sony Reader, Kindle) and smart phones
How to read Ebook Central e-books online on your home computer
If you get a Bad Request error when trying to access the service, add manually the correct start of the address https:// and the access will work.
The Ellibs library includes hundreds of e-book titles in Finnish and English, mainly non-fiction. The e-books have a limited number of concurrent user licences. That is, for each e-book, there are a number of “copies” available for loan, just like with printed books. You can select a loan period of either 10 minutes, 1 day or 7 days (loan periods may vary).
Where can I find the books?
The Ellibs e-books are available in HH Finna or directly on the Ellibs service. Log in to the service with your Haaga-Helia user ID and password (HAKA login). You can either download e-books to your device, read them on your browser of use the Ellibs app.
Download an e-book to your own computer or device (Offline use available with a separate reader program)
1. Create your own Adobe ID.
2. Install an Adobe-compatible reader program, such as Bluefire Reader or Adobe Digital Editions.
3. Activate the reader program using your Adobe ID account information. Your Adobe ID is the email address you used to create the Adobe ID account.
4. Go to the Ellibs service.
5. Log in with your Haaga-Helia user ID and password (HAKA login).
6. Download the book file to your device by tapping the 'Download to your device' button. The right to borrow books will be transferred to your device as a separate “URLLink.acsm” file. Open the file in the reader program.
Read an e-book online
1. Go to the Ellibs service.
2. Log in with your Haaga-Helia user ID and password (HAKA login).
3. Borrow the book by tapping the "Read online" button and begin reading.
Read an e-book or listen to an audiobook with the Ellibs app
1. Download the Ellibs app
2. Log in to your own library (Haaga-Helia) with the app.
3. Borrow an e-book or audiobook by tapping the 'Borrow' button. The e-book will automatically appear in the reader screen when it is borrowed. When borrowing an audiobook, the 'Borrow' button will change into a 'Listen' button. When the button is tapped, the app will open the play screen and you may begin listening to the audiobook. In both cases, the e-book/audiobook can be accessed later on the 'My Bookshelf' screen.
Read e-books with a reader
First, download the e-book to your computer (See instructions above) and then transfer it to the reader using the computer reader program. When you connect the reader to a USB port on the computer, the device will appear on the reader programme menu and you will be able to copy the e-book file to the reader.
More detailed instructions on how to transfer and download e-books can be found in the instructions included with the device. Also refer to the Adobe list of supported readers, which you can use to download Ellibs e-books.
Can e-books be reserved?
If all copies of a book are on loan, it may be possible for you to make a reservation. The books available for reservation are clearly marked with a Reserve button. Books in PDF format cannot be reserved.
You will be notified by e-mail when the reserved book is available on your bookshelf in Ellibs. Making a reservation is free of charge.
Don’t worry about returning an e-book
At the end of the loan period, the electronic book file will close automatically. You don’t have to worry about due dates. If you wish, though, you can return e-books earlier.
Dawsonera is a multidisciplinary collection of e-books. Haaga-Helia's collection includes, for instance, many course books.
The service allows you to preview all books, including the ones not purchased by the Haaga-Helia library. Preview is available for 5 minutes. In addition, you can suggest books for purchase.
How to read Dawsonera e-books online:
How to download a Dawsonera e-book
Some Dawsonera e-books are available for downloading as pdf files to your own device for offlline reading for 1-7 days. Some books cannot be downloaded.
To download a book, you need a reader software. Below instructions on downloading with either Adobe Digital Editions or Bluefire Reader. In addition, Dawsonera e-books can be read with Kortext (see instructions here).
Ebsco's e-books can be read online with an internet browser. Some of the books can also be downloaded. Online reading requires an internet connection while reading, whereas downloaded books can be read offline.
To read Ebsco eBooks online:
To download Ebsco eBooks onto your device:
Reserving an e-book:
Ebsco's e-books can be used by 1 or 3 users at the same time. The number of user licenses vary. If the e-book is not available, you can reserve it. To reserve a book, you need to log in with your Ebsco user ID.
CABI’s Leisure and Tourism eBooks collection provides over 130 books from the leisure, recreation, sport, hospitality, tourism and culture sectors. Books are presented in easy-to-navigate PDF files. The dynamic file continues to grow year on year ensuring up-to-date high quality content.
To read Leisure Tourism eBooks online:
You will be asked for Haaga-Helia's user ID and password, if you are accessing the resources outside Haaga-Helia's network.
Safari O'Reilly for Higher Education (formerly Safari Books Online) includes a large collection of e-books, videos and online courses mainly on IT and business.
How to read Safari O'Reilly for Higher Education e-books
1. Go to Safari O'Reilly for Higher Education.
2. Log in with your Haaga-Helia e-mail address.
3. Search for the book you need. You can search by title or author or browse books by topic.
4. You can read an e-book directly in a browser. No e-book reader needed.
5. Click the cover of the book and you’ll see the book’s description and table of contents.
6. Click the button ”Start reading now”.
How to download Safari O'Reilly for Higher Education e-books to mobile devices
E-books can be downloaded to a mobile app (Android and iOS). The mobile app requires you to create a personal account (see step 2 above).
Loan period is one day.
How to read Vitalsource Bridgen e-books in your browser
If you wish to download an e-book, you have to create an account in Vitalsource Bridge and to download Bookshelf reader software.
You can make highlights and notes in the e-books (video tutorial "Highlights and notes). If you have an account, your notes will be saved on your account and you can share them with other users.