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E-books: Finding e-books

A guide to finding and using e-books

Finding e-books using Enterprise

Limiting options on Enterprise showing 'Online' and 'Book' selectedThe Library has purchased thousands of e-books, all of which can be found using the Library catalogue Enterprise.

Enter your search words and when viewing your results use the limits on the left to limit your results to Online and Book:

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:

Accessing e-books and online journal articles on your online reading list

If your module has an online reading list you can see immediately which items are e-books and access them directly.

If the item cited on your list is available online, you will see 'View online' next to the title on the list. 

You can access your reading list via the Blackboard site for your module. Or search the reading lists system directly for your module:

Additional sources of e-books

Whilst we try to purchase as many core texts as possible as e-books there are some titles which are not available for libraries to purchase or are too expensive. You may want to consider taking out a subscription to the Perlego e-books platform to supplement materials available via the Library. You can set up a 14-day free trial before committing to a subscription, which costs £12 a month or £96 a year. This gives unlimited access to over 500,000 e-books.

Before subscribing to Perlego check the Library catalogue Enterprise for the title you need as we might already have the e-book. Just enter the title in this search box:

We also recommend contacting your Academic Liaison Librarian to see if they can purchase it for it the Library:

Finding e-books using Summon

Publication type limits on Summon showing 'E-book' selectedMost 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.

For more tips on searching Summon effectively take a look at this guide:

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

Why can't I access this e-book?

Some platforms only allow an e-book to be viewed by one or sometimes three people at a time.

If you get a message saying the e-book is already in use, take a quick break and try accessing it again after a few minutes.

If you’re experiencing technical difficulties accessing e-books, please get in touch with us using this form: