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How will ebooks benefit your students?

Convenience is a key advantage of ebooks. They can be accessed from anywhere with wifi, or downloaded and used offline at other times.

Functionality includes:

  • looking up words from the book to clarify meaning
  • use the web link to get context around a phrase or event 
  • searching the whole book in seconds for a phrase or word 
  • taking sticky notes and downloading them if desired

There's also the advantage of no library fines.

Loan periods

The loan periods vary between 1-7 days, depending on the provider. When it expires, you can create another loan.


Our different providers offer different options, and most will prompt students to create a PDF of the material. As a general guide, you can usually save between 5% and 15%. Information is available on the provider platform.

To download an entire book the user will generally need Adobe Digital Editions. 

Setting up ebooks for your units

Linking directly to chapters 

If you want students to consider a particular chapter in a book, most ebook formats will allow you to link directly to that chapter.

Textbooks as ebooks

A standard etextbook is a digital copy of a print textbook. This would be a pdf version of a print text, delivering static text and no interactive learning.   

More complex examples of e-textbooks include online text enhanced by interactive learning activities and online assessment such as quizzes.

Most of the books we arrange access to have rights for simultaneous use. However, there are occasional exceptions. 

DRM (Digital Rights Management) software controls the loan periods for downloaded ebooks, the amount you can print or copy from a particular title, and the number and type of devices you can read an ebook on. 

Ebooks can be read online without downloading to your personal devices or computer using the ebook provider's platform.

Adobe DRM is one of the most common forms of DRM. Essentially, the difference is that DRM locks ebooks so they can be read only with authorised software, and DRM free ebooks can be downloaded and read with any PDF viewer on any device.

Why don't all ebooks look the same?

​We buy our subscriptions or single titles from different publishers and platforms. Once you click through to the title you want, it will be displayed in the preferred format of that provider. 

Who provides our ebooks?

We source our ebooks from a number of sources. The key providers are detailed in the link below. They include Proquest ebook central, SpringerLink and ebook collection (EBSCO).

How do I search for ebooks only?

​We have step by step guide which demonstrates how to use MultiSearch to narrow your results. It's easy to place limiters so that only ebook results appear in response to your search query. Follow directions in link below for more information on how to do this.

Guidance on setting up ebooks for teaching

Targeting problems.  We have identified some of the key issues related to use of ebooks. These are detailed in the link below. 

Library help.  If your students are having trouble with accessing the ebooks you've set up,  use the "contact us" form or get in touch with a Research Librarian for guidance. 

Ordering new ebooks for teaching

Before each teaching session, you will be asked to provide a list of reading materials to the library. You can request that books are in ebook format. 

For assistance contact your Research Librarian, or use our online book order form.

Leganto for Convenors

Leganto allows you to create dynamic reading lists gathered from a range of sources. You can include ebooks or any other material.

The Library is currently piloting the Leganto platform with select departments.