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Finding e-books

The best way to find e-books owned by the Library is to search on the 'Books, e-books and more' tab on Library search. You can search by author, title, or keyword, or use the advanced search function to include additional search clauses.

Using e-books 

Publishers and copyright owners determine how much of any particular e-book can be downloaded or printed, and you are generally not able to download or print an entire e-book. There also may be restrictions on the number of users allowed to access an e-book at one time.

To download and read VLEbooks you will need Adobe Digital Editions and an AdobeID. Adobe Digital Editions is free to download and to use.

To download full e-books from EBSCO you will need to register an account. If you want to read online, this is not necessary.

If you would like a more detailed look at the different e-book platforms, you can check our download guides:

Using e-books FAQs

Many e-book platforms allow annotation, highlighting, and accessibility adjustments such as changing the page colour. For more info see the following guides:

Guide to e-book accessibility 

Annotating and notemaking in e-books 

For more in-depth information on accessibility in e-book platforms, please contact the Acquisitions team. 

Requesting new e-books

If you'd like access to an e-book that we don't currently have, you can request that we purchase a copy using the 'Get it for me' service. 

The Library is currently operating an e-first policy. This means that the e-book version of a title will be purchased if at all possible.

For more information on e-book licenses, ordering quotas, and more, see the Acquisitions webpage. 


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