Find out about the main e-book collections and e-book platforms, and how to access them.
The Library acquires an increasing number of e-books each year. These are obtained from a range of different suppliers, using different delivery platforms, with different functionality.
Each publisher platform operates differently, but as a general guideline you should find that it is only possible to print or save up to one chapter of a book, in line with “fair dealing”.
Most e-books are included in the Library catalogue. The majority can be read on and off campus, using your EASE login.
You can access the main e-book collections and platforms here:
The Library has an e-preference collection development policy for journals, and we also encourage academic staff to recommend e-books where possible, particularly when requesting the purchase of multiple print copies.
When we receive your recommendation request, we will search on your behalf for the availability of an e-version if you have requested this.
It is important for us to know whether you intend the book to be used for teaching purposes, as this will influence the type of licence model which we select for the purchase so that multiple readers are able to access the e-book concurrently.
Please indicate in the notes field if the e-book is likely to be used for teaching, and we will identify the most appropriate licence.
Whilst some academic textbooks are not available for libraries to purchase in e-book format, many publishers are now making this possible.
If you are recommending purchase of multiple print copies, please use the note field to indicate if you would like us to reduce this number if an e-book is available.
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This article was published on Apr 18, 2013