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Languages and Cultures: Books

A guide to finding information in Languages and Cultures. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

Books for Languages and Cultures

For information about new books, key locations and call numbers relating to French, German or Italian studies in the Lbrary, please see the following pages in this guide:

We also have a wide range of foreign language DVDs available on the 3rd Floor at 791.437. If there are any books or DVDs you need for your course which are not available in the Library, please contact your librarian. 

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Borrowing print items

You may request most items in the Library to be collected for you to borrow. Request an item online and we will email to let you know when it is ready to collect.

You may browse the books on the shelves and borrow them yourself using the Self-service Points on the Ground floor. Sanitiser and cleaning materials will be available, please use these to clean the Self-service Point screen before and after use. 

If you can't find the book you need, please place a hold via the Click & Collect service and we will find it for you. 

You are encouraged to wear a face covering (unless exempt) whilst using any public area in the building. 

Library staff will be working on the floors to reshelve books throughout the day.

You can also browse the shelves virtually on the Enterprise catalogue.

Please return any items you've borrowed from the Library via the Book sorter on the Ground Floor of the Library. Alternatively you may return books in the external Book Drop, located to the right of the main Library entrance. 

Closed Access collections will take place at 14:00 each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Off-site Store collections take place on Thursday each week. You will receive an email when your items are ready to collect - loanable items can be collected from the Click & Collect area, on the North side of the building (Palmer quad opposite the Palmer and Carrington buildings.) Reference only items need to be consulted in the Library and can be collected from the Welcome Desk.

You are expected to wear a face covering (unless exempt) whilst using any public area in the library building.

Using e-books

We have purchased thousands of e-books which you can read on or off-campus. 

So, if you're away from campus... or all the print copies of the book you want are out on loan... or you've reached your limit on the number of books you can borrow at any one time - it's worth checking to see if there's an e-copy. 

E-books are available to you 24/7 from any device which is connected to the internet, so can be used anytime and anywhere.

There will be direct links to e-books in your online reading lists, or you may find them yourself by searching the Library catalogue, Enterprise.

Much more information about how to find and access our e-books is available from the guide below: 

Your reading lists are available online via the Blackboard course for your module. Your lists will:

  • list all recommended print and online resources
  • show you if printed copies are available to borrow
  • include links to articles, e-books, e-book chapters, websites and videos
  • give access to scanned extracts of key readings

If you are unable to view this video on YouTube it is also available on YuJa - view the online reading list intro video on YuJa (University username and password required)

Watch this short video to find out more about using your online reading list.

Search the Enterprise catalogue for the book or topic you need and once you are viewing your results, limit them using the Online and Book filters on the left-hand side.

Limits on Enterprise to find E-books

Your results should now only include e-books. To read the e-book, follow the 'Click here for online access' link and enter your university username and password.

Search Enterprise now using the box below:

Watch our short videos on searching the catalogue, finding a book and borrowing it

If you are unable to view these videos on YouTube they are also available on YuJa via the links below (University login required):

Most of our e-books can also be found in Summon, the Library’s discovery service. Using Summon will give you more results, as it is often able to search for your words at chapter-level.

To only see e-books in your results list, select the Publication Type E-book from the limits on the left-hand side. 

Limiting a Summon search to find e-books

You will need to refine your search even further to get results which are most relevant to you and the topic you are searching for. Look at the Library’s guide on Summon for search tips, including how to limit your results.

Search Summon using the box below (it is already set up to limit to books):

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages: