Compatible browsers - streaming

Created on: 2020/01/25
Last updated on: 2022/02/07

To guarantee the functionality of streaming on your device, please make sure that you always have the latest version of your Internet browser installed.

We do not rule out the possibility that the streaming will work with other browsers and operating systems.

  • It is not possible to stream E-Videos and E-Audios in the browser of mobile devices.

  • The browsers "Internet Explorer", "Opera" and "Safari" are generally not compatible.

BrowserMinimum requirement of the operating system


  • Windows 8 / 10
  • macOS Mojave 10.14


  • Windows 8 / 10
  • macOS Mojave 10.14
  • LinuxMint 17 (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS based)


  • Windows 10
  • macOS Sierra 10.12

Compatible devices

Here you find information on which media are usable on which device.

Computer / Laptop

Operating system

E-Book - E-Magazine - E-Paper

E-Book - E-Magazine - E-Paper

E-Audio - E-Music - E-Video


Windows 8 upwards

Yes (tick)

Yes (tick) 

Yes (tick)

Yes (tick)


Yes (tick)

 No (minus) 2

Yes (tick)

Yes (tick)

Linux (64-bit) 8

Yes (tick)

 Yes (tick) 1

Yes (tick)

Yes (tick)


Operating system


Onleihe app


E-Book - E-Magazine - E-Paper

E-Audio - E-Music



iOS 12.1 and up 7

Smartphone / Tablet / iPod touch


Yes (tick) 

 Yes (tick) 

No (minus)

 Yes (tick)

Android 5.1 and up 5,6,9

Smartphone / Tablet


 Yes (tick) 

 Yes (tick) 

No (minus)

 Yes (tick)

Android 8.0 and up 5,6,9

Smartphone / Tablet


Yes (tick) 

Yes (tick) 

No (minus)

Yes (tick)

Sonstige mobile Geräte über den Browser

Operating system


E-Book - E-Magazine - E-Paper

E-Audio - E-Music - E-Video



See here

  Yes (tick) 3,10

 No (minus)

No (minus)




Smartphone / Tablet

with Browser and

reader app

  Yes (tick) 4

 No (minus)

 Yes (tick)

Windows 8 upwards


Yes (tick)

Yes (tick)

  Yes (tick)

1With the software Wine.
WineHQ: https://appdb.winehq.org/objectManager.php?sClass=application&iId=6326

Using the Onleihe with Adobe Digital Editions on MacOS Computers is only possible in specific cases due to conflicts between ADE and MacOS. 


Directly lending via the eReader Onleihe of E-Magazines and E-Paper is not possible. But you can transfer the titles from your PC to the eReader. 


Older iOS and Android devices are not compatible with the Onleihe app. To use older devices with the Onleihe you have to use your browser and an external reader app like i. e. PocketBook reader to read downloaded books.

5We received feedback that a login is not possible with Android 7.1.x devices. More about it here.

Devices with an Intel Atom cpu (x86 architecture) can't be used with the Onleihe app. More about it here.

7iOS 10.3.x on 32-bit devices is no longer supported by the current version of the Onleihe app. More about it here.
8Google stopped supporting the Widevine software component for 32-bit Linux systems on May 31, 2021. Widevine is necessary to be able to play media encrypted with copy protection. More about it here.

The Android version of the Onleihe app is also available for Amazon Fire tablets and can be downloaded free of charge from the Amazon Appstore.
The minimum operating system requirement is Fire OS 5.


Titles that are saved as PDF always require a valid Adobe ID on e-readers from tolino and PocketBook, as media of this type of file are in general encrypted with Adobe copy protection.

Accessibility in the Onleihe

Some informations on accessibility using the Onleihe
Is the Onleihe accessible? The answer is "yes". Most of the media offered through the Onleihe are accessible for handicapped persons. We are working
constantly to improve this service.

Web Onleihe
You can navigate the website of your Onleihe using screen readers and borrow a title.

E-Books and Adobe Digital Editions - PDF and ePub
Adobe Digital Editions 3.0 and above are designed to work with assistive technologies on Mac and Windows such an JAES, NVDA, Windows-Eyes or
Voice Over for Mac. Version 3.0 and above are designed with support for full keyboard controls (tab navigation and shortcuts), improved text enlargement,
and support for high-contrast modes. Shortcuts are listed in the Getting Started E-Book that is installed along with the Adobe Digital Editions.

Streaming E-Audios, E-Videos and E-Music via PC:
The streaming web player can be controlled via screen readers. The web player starts playback as soon as it's opened, so that no further action on the
user's side is necessary. The "space bar" can be pressed to pause the playback. All buttons as well as the current position in the audiobook, are read
aloud by mouse over.

Onleihe App
The Onleihe app is currently is accessible, as the menu and navigational elements support the assistance systems used within the operating systems
themselves. We are working on further improving upon those elements. Due to technical limitations of the DRM systems, the usage of screen readers is
currently not supported. E-Books can therefore not be read aloud.

Accessibility and DRM
The access of all E-Books which are provided by the Onleihe to all users is our goal. The digital rights managment we are obliged to use, is one probably
the biggest reasons which makes it difficult to reach that goal. However as of today, a lot of the media on the Onleihe can be accessed easily and we are
working constantly to improve this service.

ACSM-File (URLlink.acsm)

I recieved an ACSM file (URLLink.acsm) when downloading an E-Book, what do I do with it?

The acsm file contains information about the download and the copy protection of your E-Book.

Open this file using the software Adobe Digital Editions.

The software downloads the E-Book afterwards and you can read the E-Book on the PC or transfer it to a mobile device.

Open the file by right-clicking on it and select Open with Adobe Digital Editions.

Adobe ID

What is an Adobe ID and what do I need it for?
The digital rights management of the company Adobe has established itself as the standard for protecting E-Books. Most E-Books which can be bought or
borrowed through various plattformsuse this kind of copyright protection.
To be able to use these E-Books you need a registration for Adobe: the Adobe ID. You have to authorize all the devices you would like to use for reading wit
h this Adobe ID. That's for example: your PC, smartphone, tablet or E-Reader.
If all your devices are authorized with your Adobe ID, you can use your E-Books on any or all of them at the same time. You can authorize up to 6 devices
with your Adobe ID.
Click here to register an Adobe ID for free.

Software-update (on the device) and the Adobe ID
An update to the device or the used operating system may have an effect on the Adobe ID.
Since the Adobe ID allows for up to 6 registered devices per Adobe ID, it connects each time to the Adobe Servers when an ID is authorized with a device,
to exchange encoded information about the used operating system, drivers and software.
If the previous update causes too much of a difference between what was previously linked to the Adobe ID and what is now being authorized, then this
may be interpreted as a new device which causes the device counter to go up.
Ideally you deuathorize your Adobe ID before you start a bigger software update. This deletes the connection between the device and the Adobe ID, so
there is no, possibly wrong interpretation, about the state of the device.

Click here to get support from Adobe regarding the Adobe ID.
To contact the Adobe support via Adobe chat to reset your Adobe ID for example, please pick "contact us" there.
You have to log in with your Adobe ID there, to contact the Adobe support.

Do I have to pay for using the Onleihe?

The Onleihe is a service of your local library free of additional charge.

You may be required to pay an annual fee for the general use of your library and all related services.

You can get information on this annual fee from your library.

DRM-Digital Rights Management

What does DRM mean?

DRM stands for Digital Rights Management.

In order to protect E-Books against unauthorized copying, most publishers protect their E-Books with a digital rights management system (DRM).

The DRM determines how the reader can use the acquired E-Book. It can prevent copying, sharing and printing the protected E-Book.

Whether an E-Book receives a DRM protection is decided by the publisher or the author.

There are two kinds of DRM:

Hard DRM

  • Technical encryption.
  • To open an E-Book the help of an additional software like "Adobe Digital Editions" is needed.
  • A registration for an Adobe ID is necessary.

Soft DRM

  • Digital watermark.
  • In case of illegal spreading of content, the original owner can be traced via the watermark.
  • Additional software or an Adobe ID are not necessary.

You can authorize up to 6 end devices each with the Adobe ID and the CARE-DRM.

The Onleihe uses two hard DRMs which are provided by the companies Adobe (Adobe DRM) and TEA (CARE DRM).

This kind of DRM also allows to set the loan period of an E-Book.

Thus, Onleihe, libraries and publishers can ensure that the E-Book can no longer be used after the end of the loan period.

Early return of E-Audios

Created on: 2021/05/20
Last updated on: 2022/02/07

An early return of E-Audios is currently not offered.

An early return for exclusively streamed E-Audios would currently be technically feasible, the option of returning E-Audio for downloaded E-Audio has not yet been implemented by the copy protection provider. We are dependent on our external provider here.

In order to avoid the resulting confusion in the use between stream and download, no early return is currently possible.
Basically, it is planned to offer the early return of E-Audios in the future and after the optimization of the E-Audios, the topic will be taken up with the highest priority.
However, we cannot give an exact date.

E-Paper publication

Created on: 2020/07/01
Last updated: 2022/02/07

  • Daily newspapers are available from 06:00 a.m. to 09:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday. The second E-Paper publication begins on Saturday at 08:00 a.m., and includes E-Magazines such as "Der Spiegel" and "Focus".
  • The Sunday newspapers are available from around 09:00 a.m.

If E-Papers or E-Magazines are not provided by the publishers on time, they can no longer be taken into account by the processes on that day.

ePub - Format for E-Books

What does ePub mean?

ePub stands for electronic publication and is an open format for E-Books that supports DRM.

Unlike PDF, the ePub format is able to display text on any device, as it can adjust to the actual screen size.

The ePub is especially suited for E-Books such as novels, as they consist mostly of text.

Expand the loan period

Can the loan period of a title be extended?

No, the loan period can not be changed, because the digital titles of the Onleihe are protected by digital rights management.

We are bound by the publishers to use the DRM for all our titles.

  • You can, of course, borrow an E-Book again after the end of the loan period.
  • Furthermore, you can place a reservation on a title you currently have already borrowed.

Flexible loan periods

You can choose the duration of the loan period before borrowing a title. The maximum amount of time is determined by your library.

A selection of loan periods is provided with the following media types:

  • E-Book
  • E-Audio
  • E-Music
  • E-Video

You are not able to specify the loan period for E-Paper and E-Magazines as it has been defined by the publishers. Therfore your library is also not able to
change it.

How to return a title early

Created on: 2020/07/01
Last updated on: 2022/02/07

An early return of a borrowed title before the end of the loan period is possible for the following media types:

  • E-Books
  • E-Magazines
  • E-Papers

In order for a title to be returned early, it must be downloaded first.

In the case of the Onleihe app, the title must be loaded in the app if an external app is used for reading, provided this app does not support an early return.

And only if you selected the format ePub or PDF for Adobe Digital Editions.
An early return of a borrowed title before the end of the loan period is not possible for the following media types:

  • E-Audio

Why isn’t there a return button in the user’s account next to the title?
The return has to take place where the licence is ultimately used and saved. That way the licence distribution can be sure that the copy is returned and cannot be used on this device.

Return of english titles
The early return of a title from the supplier Baker & Taylor is not possible, due to technical differences in the setup of the DRM system.

Why is it not possible to end the loan period of an E-Audio early?
An early return is currently not implemented for technical reasons. If an audio track is streamed, it can be returned ahead of time, whereas a downloaded offline track can not.

This is incomprehensible to the users.

The return can be carried out using the following programmes/apps which have been tested and verified:

Adobe Digital Editions
To return your E-Book early, open up Adobe Digital Editions.
Right-click on the E-Book that you want to return and select "Return borrowed item" ("Ausgeliehenes Medium zurückgeben"). The E-Book will be removed
from your device and your Onleihe account, and can be borrowed by other users.

tolino E-Reader
You can return a title with any tolino E-Reader. The firmware version 1.9.0 and above is required.
Tap and hold the title you wish to return, then choose "Return" from the pop-up menu. The title will be available for the next user and disappear from your

Press the "My Media" button in the main side navigation. Afterwards the app will jump directly to "on the device". Here press the context menu of the title
you want to return, and then choose "Return early".
It is requiremed that the title has already been downloaded to your device. If this has not yet been done, you are prompted to "Load" the title first.

Licence information

In "Copy Information" on the detail page of the title you can see the total amount of licences of a title available in your Onleihe.

Furthermore how many are available at the moment and when you would be in line in case you want to place a hold on the title.

The given date may change if users give titles back early.

Media formats of the Onleihe

The following formats are currently used in the Onleihe:

  • E-Book & E-Magazine & E-Paper: PDF or ePub
  • E-Audio & E-Music: audio stream or audio download
  • E-Video: video stream

E-Books in PDF format have fixed line and page breaks. E-Books with tables, graphics and pictures are especially suited for the usage of the PDF format.
However, due to the fixed page layout, PDF E-Books are less suitable for mobile devices with smaller displays.
When choosing the format, please notice that currently two PDF formats are available. Only one of the two PDFs is readable on mobile devices.

The ePub format is suitable for any reader, as it can adjust to any screen size. It is especially useful with pure textbooks, such as novels.

Audio Stream / Video Stream
Audios and videos which are used as stream via the Onleihe-App or the browser are available in this format.

Audio Download
Audios can only be downloaded via the Onleihe app. A special format is used to ensure copyright protection. Therefore, the titles may only be used within
the build in E-Audio player.

Media wishes

If you have a title you wish to be bought for your Onleihe please contact the Onleihe you are a member of or your library directly.

You can contact your library at any time via email if you click the "Contact"- button on your Onleihe-Website.

We recommend that you provide your library with more than a book title. Additional information such as: author, publisher, and the ISBN help the personnel with acquiring the title.

Not every book by every publisher can be bought by your library, because not every publisher makes their E-books available for borrowing.

Additionally some publishers may make new releases only available to libraries after a certain period of time.

This period can vary and last up to 12 months and in individual cases longer.

Number of loans, reservations and loan period

Who sets the number of loans, reservations and the loan period for my Onleihe?

The number of maximum loans and reservations, as well as the maximum possible loan period for each media type, is governed by each library or consortium.

If you would like to have the loan period increased, please send this inquiry directly to your library.

Page numbers for ePub titles

Please note that the page numbers in ePub titles may be displayed differently as soon as the font size is changed.


  • No page numbers are stored in an e-book. Some e-readers calculate a page number based on the resolution, display size, font size and font spacing.
  • There are no standardized display sizes stored in an e-book. This is why page numbers vary on different devices.


  • This is not an error, but a technical adjustment of the software.
  • This can result in different page numbers between print books and ePub titles.

Plus title

With "Plus title" we describe titles that are under public domain.

They don't count towards your maximum number of loans and are always available to borrow.

Series titles not available

Some titles are provided with exclusive rights and can not be offered.
The publisher and / or author decide if the title is released for the Onleihe.

User ratings

Where are the user ratings displayed?


User ratings are displayed for each title on its detail page in the top right corner and in the "Info" tab under "user rating".

The rating is based on the well-known 5-star system and indicates the average.
The more stars are chosen, the better the users rated a title. You can see the exact value of the average rating by the number above the star in the top right corner of a title's detail page.

In addition, the number of all evaluations made for a title across all Onleihe sites is displayed in the "Info" tab under "User evaluation".


Within the Onleihe-App the ratings are already displayed in the various result lists in the right top corner.

How can I submit a user rating?

User ratings can be given for each borrowed title in your own account or directly after the loan on the title's detail page.

There you will see five gray stars that have not yet been filled in under the heading "Rate". If you move the mouse pointer over the stars, a message appears telling you how many stars you have currently selected.

If you are satisfied with the selection, simply click on the corresponding star to give your rating.

User ratings may only be send while using the web-onleihe. The same function is still in development for the app.

How is the average rating calculated?

The ratings of a title are beeing update once a week (every saturday). Here, all rating from all Onleihe-systems are beeing collected and saved.

Afterwards the displayed average rating is beeing calculated by:

  • Generating the sum of all ratings and dividing it by the number of ratings
  • following a multiplication by 10

The displayed stars and hence the average rating are calculated based on this value. Which means an average rating of 30 to 39 is displayed with 3 stars,

above 39 it is displayed with 4 stars, and so on.

Using an example:

  • The title "Forest" has 100 ratings
  • The sum of all ratings is 342
  • The sum (342) divided by the number of ratings (100) is: 3,42
  • Multiplied by 10 make it: 34,2 als the ratings-value
  • Using the above mentioned logic to display stars, the title will be shown with 3 full stars as the average rating


The watchlist provides a place where you can collect titles you would like to borrow at a later date.

It's solely a list to keep an eye on certain titles. Titles on the watchlist are not reserved or borrowed in any kind.

You are able to add up to 100 titles to your watchlist. In order to use the watchlist on your Onleihe, you have to be logged in.

Why is not every title available as E-Book?

Not every title is available as E-Book on the Onleihe, for example because of missing sales rights from the publisher or author, or the title is not in the E-Book collection of the library.

divibib regularily receives requests why not every title is available as E-Book.

There are several points to mention why that is:

  • The library decides which title they want to buy and offer in the Onleihe.
  • Missing rights to publish the printed version as E-Book.
  • Missing rights to lend the book, only rights to sell it.
  • Missing contract with divibib

E-Audio and E-Music

Here you will find everything you need to know about the media types "E-Audio" and "E-Music":

What is E-Audio and E-Music

E-Audios are digital audio books and E-Music is digital music that you can borrow from your Onleihe.

Format and technical possibilities of use

E-Audios and E-Music titles have the format mp3 and can be used by:

  • streaming via your PC
  • streaming or downloading with the Onleihe app

More information on the compatibility of the media types with different devices can be found in our overview: What works on which device.

Copy protection: The digital rights management

All audio files of the Onleihe have a copyright protection: A digital rights management.

Therefore you may only use the media in the ways described under technical possibilities of use.

An early return of this media type is currently not possible for technical reasons. More about it here.


Here you will find everything you need to know about the media type "E-Book":

What are E-Books?

The term "E-Book" is a short form of "electronic book". An E-Book is an electronic file that contains the content of a book.

Advantages of E-Books:
(plus) They do not require space on your bookshelf.
(plus) They can be bought or borrowed at any time of the day.
(plus) They do not need any paper or ink.
(plus) They can have many additional functions:

  • Search the whole content by terms.
  • Mark text passages.
  • Create notes.
  • Look up terms in integrated lexika and dictionaries.

Disadvantages of E-Books

(minus) They lack the feel, the smell and the rustling while turning a page.
(minus) For E-Books you need a reading device with a power supply.
(minus) Purchased E-Books can not be legally distributed to third parties.

E-Book formats available on the Onleihe

The following E-Book formats are used on the Onleihe:

  • ePub: The ePub format is suitable for every reading device because it can adapt to every screen size. It works especially good for pure
    textbooks, such as novels and narrations.
  • PDF: E-Books in the portable document format (short: PDF) have fixed line breaks and page breaks. Books with tables, graphics and pictures are
    mostly available as PDF. However, the fixed page layout makes PDF E-Books less suitable for mobile devices with smaller screens.
Technical possibilities of use

E-Books can be read on a vast variety of devices:

  • Tablets and smartphones: The E-Books of the Onleihe can be read on tablets and smartphones. There are Onleihe apps for iOS and Android
    devices, which you can download for free.
  • E-Reader: Currently, all available E-Readers are compatible with the Onleihe. The only exception are the Kindle E-Reader device. Its production
    company Amazon only allows copyright protected E-Books of its own format - AZM - to be opened on the very device.
  • PC and NotE-Book: The E-Books of the Onleihe can be used with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

How it works: 

  • Loan with the Onleihe app
  • Loan directly with an E-Reader
  • Loan on the PC and transfer to an E-Reader

More information on the compatibility of the media types are available in our overview: What works on which device.

Copy protection: The digital rights management

The E-Books of the Onleihe have a copyright protection, the so-called "Digital Rights Management" (DRM). More information can be found here.

Which reading device should I use?

Comparison of reading devices:

Battery life(star)(green star)(green star)(star)
Display of pictures(green star)(red star)(green star)(green star)
Display of videos(green star)(red star)(green star)(green star)

Screen size

(green star)(green star)(green star)(green star)
Readability of text(green star)(green star)(green star)(green star)
Color(green star)(red star)(green star)(green star)
Weight(green star)(green star)(green star)(red star)
Wifi(green star)(green star)(green star)(green star)
Suitability for fiction(green star)(green star)(green star)(green star)
Suitability for non fiction(star)(star)(green star)(green star)

(green star) Very good: The device is suited for this function.
(star) Moderately good: The device is moderately suited for this function.
(red star) Poor: The device does not offer this function or is not suitable for it at all.

The bookworm
You devour one book after another - especially novels - therefore you wish to have the best possible display for the text? You like to read your book
without any distraction from other apps or functions?
If this is the case, you should get an E-Book reader with an eInk screen.

The practical type
You do not want to carry different devices with you when one multi-functional device offers it all? You are a frequent or an occasional reader. Wherever
you are there are always enough power outlets, so that a low battery life is no problem for you? If so, a tablet or smartphone is the right device for you.

The expert
You work with non-fiction books, maybe you are even writing a thesis, and would like to use excerpts from an E-Book to paste it right into office software? If
this is the case, a laptop or PC is best suited for you.


Here you will find everything you need to know about the media type "E-Learning":

What is eLearning?

E-Learning courses are digital learning course that you can borrow from your Onleihe.
E-Learning as a new media type for the Onleihe and has been made available at the end of 2016.

Currently, E-Learning content is available from the following providers:

  • LinguaTV.com provides online language courses for English, French, Italian, Spanish and German as a foreign language. The courses consist of
    scenic videos and tutorials, interactive exercises, learning games, vocabulary trainer and many learning aids like multilingual subtitles, online
    dictionaries and printable glossaries.

  • LinkedIn Learning is a popular video training provider. With over 2,500 video training courses with a total of over 65,000 videos, the successful provider has a considerable number of E-Learning courses. The learner chooses a course, a so-called "training", and can then watch all the videos belonging to the training in sequence. Some videos encourage participation. The videos are divided into categories and lessons and are offered in English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Mandarin, and Portuguese.

  • Lecturio is a platform for your private and professional education and training. As an adaptive learning system, Lecturio adapts to the speed of
    each individual.

  • VIWIS is a well-known provider of professional training courses. In 5 thematic blocks of soft skills, learners can continue their education in the areas of leadership skills, communication, self-management and imparting knowledge.

  • ZEIT Akademie is an offer for digital further education from the ZEIT publishing group with high-quality video courses on business, digital future, career, economy, fine art.
The particularities of eLearning

E-Learning has the following particularities compared to other media types:

  • Availability: E-Learning courses are always available and will not be counted to your borrowed medias. You can borrow E-Learning courses at any
    time, even if your maximum number of loans is already full.
  • Loan period: The loan period of a course is 6 months. If this time is not enough, you can simply borrow the course again. Your process of
    learning will still be saved on the platform of the provider. You can also delete a borrowed E-Learning course from your account at any time.
Technical requirements for the usage of eLearning

E-Learning courses can be used online with your internet browser:

  • With an internet browser on your PC.
  • With an internet browser on your tablet or smartphone.
  • With the Onleihe-App.

How it works

Borrowing E-Learning courses
More information on the compatibility of the media types with different devices can be found in our overview: What works on which device.

Why is there no mediatype "eLearning" available in my Onleihe?

Just as in your local library, the library staff decide what kind of titles are purchased.

If E-Learning is not available in your Onleihe, it has not been purchased by your library or the library consortium.

If you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact your library.

Remove E-Learning courses

You can return E-Learning courses via your media account on the Web-Onleihe or in the Onleihe app.


  1. Log in to your Web-Onleihe.
  2. Access your media account via the "My Account" button in the top left corner of the website.
  3. Hover your mouse over the context menu icon (three vertical dots).
  4. Finally, click "Entfernen" (see screenshot below).


  1. Log in to the Onleihe app.
  2. Open the app's menu using the three horizontal bars in the top left.
  3. Call up your media account via the menu item "My media" and switch to the media you have borrowed via the "Lend" tab.
  4. Tap the context menu icon (three vertical dots).
  5. Finally, select the "Return early" option (see screenshot below).

E-Magazine and E-Paper

Here you will find everything you need to know about the media types "E-Magazine" and "E-Paper":

What are E-Magazines and E-Papers?

E-Magazines are digital magazines and E-Paper are digital papers that you can borrow on your Onleihe.

The particularities of E-Magazines and E-Papers

E-Magazines and E-Paper have the following sepcial features compared to other media types:

  • Loan period: The loan period is determined by the publisher of the E-Paper or E-Magazine and can not be changed by your library. 
    The loan period for E-Magazines is 1-2 days depending on the title and 1-2 hours for E-Paper.
  • Number of issues: The number of issues a library is allowed to give acces to at any given moment of an E-Magazine or E-Paper is also
    determined by the publisher e.g. not more than the last 7 issues are made available.
  • Daily contingent for E-Paper: In contrast to the other media types, E-Paper have a daily contingent of available borrowings for each issue. This
    number of possible borrowings per day is also determined by the publisher. Usually it contains 12-24 daily borrowings. For example: If a library
    has purchased 1 license of an E-Paper, a contingent of e.g. 24 loans available daily. For 2 licenses, it would be 48, etc.
    If the daily contingent is exhausted, the E-Paper can not be borrowed until the next day.

E-Magazines and E-Paper are available in the PDF format.

Technical possibilities of use

You can read E-Magazines and E-Paper on a vast variety of devices:

  • Tablets and smartphones: The E-Books of the Onleihe can be read on tablets and smartphones. Download the free Onleihe app for iOS or
  • E-Reader: Currently, most available E-Readers are compatible with the Onleihe.
    One exception is the Kindle E-Reader, since Amazon only allows it's reading device to open copyright protected titles with its own format - AZM.
  • PC and Notebook: The E-Books of the Onleihe can be used with Windows, Mac and Linux computers.

How it works

  • Loan with the Onleihe app
  • Loan directly with an E-Reader
  • Loan on the PC and transfer to an E-Reader

More information on the compatibility of the media types with different devices can be found in our overview: What works on which device.


Here you will find everything you need to know about the media type "E-Video":

What is an E-Video?

E-Videos are digital movies that you can borrow from your Onleihe.
The portfolio includes non-fiction movies, documentaries and children's movies.

Format and technical possibilities of use

E-Video titles are available via streaming and can be viewed online with a compatible internet browser on your PC.
A mobile use of the E-Videos is currently not possible.

  • Streaming of Audios and Videos onto your PC

More information on the compatibility of the media types with different devices can be found in our overview: What works on which device.

Copy protection: The digital rights management

All video files of the Onleihe have a copyright protection: A digital rights management.
Therefore you may only use the media in the ways described under technical possibilities of use.