The Library has an e-preference policy which means that when an e-book is available we buy it in preference to the print copy. The Library provides access to more than 1,400,000 e-books via a wide range of online platforms.
- Using DiscoverEd
- Going directly to an e-book collection.
When you have done a search in DiscoverEd you can use the options on the left-hand menu to refine your results to show e-books.
- Do your search in DiscoverEd
- On the menu to the left of your search results (also known as facets) click on the "Full Text Online" link under Show Only.
- When the search results list has updated then click on the "Books" link under Resource Type.
- If "Books" doesn't appear on the menu click on 'More Options' under 'Resource Type' to see the full list of resources. Tick the box to Include Books then click the 'Continue' button.
- Your search results list will update to show available e-books.
If the option 'Books' does not appear under Resource Type this means no books have been found for that particular search.
Some print books may appear if both the print and e-copy are held by the Library.
Browse e-book collections
The Libary maintains a list of the main e-book collections to which we provide access. You must be logged in via your University Login to access e-book collections. Additional access information is provided where necessary.
Access to e-books
The Library acquires an increasing number of e-books each year. The majority of e-books can be read on and off campus, using your University Login.
We obtain e-books from a number of different publishers and suppliers who use a range of delivery platforms which provide differing functionality.
Also, publishers apply varying digital rights management restrictions to their content - for example some do not allow downloading e-books for offline reading, and others limit the number of readers who can access an e-book at the same time (limited concurrency).
You should find that, as a general guide, it is possible to print or save up to one chapter of a book (or 5%, whichever is greater) in line with the copyright law “fair dealing” provison. Some e-books have more generous provision for printing and saving, and the platform on which the e-book is hosted should indicate the allowances.