Use Library Search to find out more about the range of e-books that we provide access to.
Visit our e-book collections page for a comprehensive list of the resources that are available to students and staff.
Everything you need to know about finding, accessing and reading e-books in our collection.
The advantages of e-books
Using e-books provide you and The Library with a number of advantages over traditional, printed material.
Advantages for staff and students
- 24/7 access to resources.
- Access on and off campus.
- Access for multiple users at the same time (on most e-books).
- You can print and download sections of the book, in compliance with copyright guidelines.
- You can use keyword search (within books or across collections).
- You can highlight and make notes within the text that you can download or print etc.
- No library fines.
- No heavy bags to carry round campus.
- No texts that have already been highlighted/annotated by the previous reader.
For the Library
- We can provide content to you more quickly, as e-books are supplied much more quickly than their print equivalents.
- E-books don’t require shelving so we can free up some existing library space and convert it into areas for our customers: study spaces etc.
- Through schemes such as 'Order a book', the Library is able to provide access to a vast amount of content that, in print format, it would never be able to afford.
- E-books are greener than their print equivalents.
The Library is moving towards an e-first policy in order to take advantage of all the benefits provided by e-books and e-journals. Where content is available in a variety of formats, preference will be given to electronic.