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Downloading e-books

Most of our e-books can be downloaded to your computer/device. On the e-book platforms, you will see a ’Download’ link that allows you to check-out and download an e-book and read it on your device when you are offline.


Various restrictions apply when you download e-books:

  • On many platforms, you must download Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) or an app identified by the supplier before you download your e-book.
  • Adobe Digital Editions is not available on student desktop computers. Many of these apps need to be authorised and this process generally requires you to have an Adobe ID.
  • If you are using a computer in one of the computer clusters, please do not download e-books. You should download your e-book to your own computer/device.
  • The print and copy functions will normally be disabled on downloads whereas they will be available for online use.
  • You should think of a download like a traditional library loan that is available to you for a fixed period of time.
  • Restrictions as to the amount you can download and the length of time you can download for vary between e-book providers: some allow only a percentage of the text to be downloaded, others allow chapter downloads and some allow download of the whole text.

Platform-specific download instructions are available on the following help-pages.