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Yes, you will usually need your University email address and password to access our ebooks.
Yes. Again, you will need your University email address and password to access most ebooks off campus.
Yes you can but as with print books this is limited by copyright law to 5 per cent or one chapter. When you try to print pages from an ebook, each provider will indicate how many pages you are allowed to print off.
Yes. Most of our ebooks can be downloaded to a pc for up to three days at a time.
Many of our ebooks can be read by more than one person at a time. However, because of the publisher's licence restrictions, some can only be used by one person at a time. If this is the case, you will get a message that the book is being used by another reader. You can then either try again later or set up an email alert so that you will be notified when the ebook is available for you to use.
The most common ebook licences currently in use are:
Depending on the publisher, you may need to download a free ebook viewer such as Adobe Digital Editions.
If you find an ebook you need is often unavailable, please let us know as there may be a problem that we are unaware of. Contact us through our enquiry hub
Sadly not. We work with suppliers and publishers to encourage them to provide ebooks of core textbooks but they are not always made available.
Yes, if the library has an ebook of a reading list item the reading list will link to that in preference to the printed copy.
You can request that the library purchase an ebook title that you find but often with Amazon the ebook is for personal use only and is not made available to libraries. We are bound by licence agreements and can only buy those ebooks that allow for library use.
Yes, you can. Send us the details via our enquiry hub and we'll let you know if it's something we are able to get access to.
You also contribute to our ebook selection process by which ebooks you access via the library catalogue. Around a quarter of what we spend on ebooks is driven solely by which ebooks you choose to use (what we call demand-driven or patron-driven purchasing).
You can read most of our ebooks on whichever device you choose - desktops, laptops, tablets and mobiles.
You won't be able to read library ebooks on a Kindle but some other ereaders will allow you to download library books.
DRM stands for "digital rights management". Companies such as Amazon, Apple, Google, Nook and Sony use digital rights management on their ebooks.
It allows ebook providers to restrict what you can do with their content, such as copying, printing, downloading and sharing. If you download an ebook that is subject to DRM, it can be read only on authorised device, registered to an authorised user.
Many free and out-of-copyright ebooks do not have DRM.
Get in touch via our enquiry hub and we'll be able to help.
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