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Last update: 10.10.2017

Most eReaders are equiped with WiFi and a web browser. You can borrow eBooks directly with the device and thereby avoid using a PC. The eReader-Onleihe is a specially designed version of your Onleihe for the eReader, which focuses on a simple way to browse, borrow and discover titles on the fly. In this guide, we use a Tolino eReader as an example. The Chapters 1-4 can differ visually and functionally from other eReaders. If you are using a different eReader, check the manual of your reader in regards to these topics.


  • eReader with enabled WiFi
  • Adobe ID
  • Internet Access

Switch on WiFi
Tap the "Menu" in the top left of your Tolino and select "Settings" → "WLAN". Push the slider to the left and enable the internet connection. Search for your network in the list below and enter the password if necessary. Whether the internet is enabled can also be seen when the icon at the top right corner is showing.


the web-browser of the eReader

Open the menu of your Tolino and select "Web browser". Enter the address of your Onleihe in the browser. Then, tap "Go" on your keyboard.


Tipp: Save the adress of your Onleihe

To save the adress of your Onleihe long-tap the bookmark icon. This will save the current page and the icon will turn black. If you open the browser in the future, you do not have to enter the address again. Just tap the bookmark icon and select the website of your Onleihe from the list of bookmarks.


Please log-in with the userdata of your library. If your library is part of a consortium, select your library first. To do this, tap the "Library" field. In large consortiums it is recommended to enter the name of your city in the field above. After entering the first 3-4 characters your librarys name will be suggested to you. You can also skip the login procedure via the X at the top right. A log-in will be mandatory if you want to borrow or reserve a title.


My Media

After your log-in, the "My Media" page will be opened. Here you have an overview of your currently borrowed and reserved titles. Tap "Read" to download a borrowed title directly to your device. Reservations can be found at the end of the list. They can also be edited or deleted.
Tap on "Wishlist" to see the titles you've put on your wishlist.

If you want to search for a new title, tap the "Search" icon at the top.



If you select the box of a category, e.g. "Mystery Stories & Thriller", that category will open on the next page. Afterwards, you may choose whether you want to see the "Top titles", "New" or "Last returned" titles displayed in a list of results. Click on "More" to see the complete list. Use the search field above to start a search within your chosen category.



Select the search button to search for a title or term. Below the search field, a history of your latest searches is displayed. To start a search for one of these terms, just tap on them.

As soon as you start typing a new term, titles and authors will appear as an auto-suggestion, which you can also select by tapping on them. If you are content with your terms you are able to initiate by tapping "search".


Search settings

If you'd like to adjust the settings of your search tap the button "settings" in the search mask. You can change settings for: availability, language, and sorting of your list of results. Select the desired setting and tap "Save settings". These settings are also saved for your future searches*.

When search settings are actived, you will notice that the symbole is black and a number will indicate the number of settings you have set.


*Exceptions are the Tolino devices, as they automatically deleted all cookies when the browser is closed.

List of Results

By triggering a search, you will get a list of results. Should a title be inavailable, you may place it directly on your wish list. Available titles can be borrowed directly. To do this, tap "Borrow" and then select the desired loan period. If you selected a period, tap "ok".

Tap the cover of a title to see details.

Details page

On the details page you will find general information about availability, content and the author of the title. If the title is available, you can borrow it here directly. If it is inavailable, you may place a reservation. While borrowing a title, select the desired loan period in days and press "ok".

Tap "More information" to access more information for example: about the number of copies your library owns, a reading sample, ratings, and the exact bibliographic informations.

Borrow and download a title

If you've found a title that suits you, tap "Borrow" in the details or in the list of results. You will see a message which indicates that you have successfully borrowed the title.

To download the book right away tap "Read book now". After the download, the eBook will open automatically on your device. If you don't want to download the title right away you may tap "My Media" to get to the overview of your lborrowings and reservations.

If you want to go back to the details of the title you just borrowed, tap the X in the upper right corner.

Download several ebooks with a Tolino

If you want to download more than one eBook onto your Tolino, there is a trick so you don't have to login in the eReader-Onleihe after every download separately. Read more here: Download several ebooks with a Tolino.

Reserve a title

Inavailable titles can be reserved. You will be notified by e-mail as soon as it is available. To do this, select the "Reserve" button on the details. If you already assigned an e-mail address to your account, it will be automatically be pre-filled for the notifications e-mail. If not, enter your address in the field and select "submit".

After a successful reservation you may tap "My Media" to go to the overview of your loans and reservations. Here you can view, delete, or change the settings for your reservation at any time.



Tap on "Recommendations" to see new titles, top titles and last returned titles for the entire stock of your Onleihe. Tap "More", to see all titles of that list.

My account

Tap on  "My Account" to get information about your account. You may...  

  • save an e-mail address for your reservations, to not re-type it every time.
  • change the language, if this feature ist enabled for your Onleihe.
  • look into the terms of use and data privacy information.
  • open the imprint.
  • get in contact with your onleihe.
  • open this manual.
  • log out.

Return a title

The title will automatically be returned at the end of the loan period. You may also return the title early at any time.
To do this with a tolino, tap and hold the title you wish to return, then choose "Return" from the pop-up menu. The title will be made available for the next user and disappear from your account.

Other eReader-devices do not have the "return" option. However, titles can still be returned early by using Adobe Digital Editions on your PC or via the onleihe-App. Read more.