Hand on ipad

Our Online Library contains over 9,000 e-books covering a wide range of subject areas.  If you are looking for a specific e-book you can find authors and titles using the library catalogue.  You can also choose one of the e-book collections on this page to browse available content.

What devices can I use to view ebooks?

Most ebooks can be read online using a laptop, desktop PC, tablet or smartphone.  

If using an iPhone, iPad or Mac to read online and the screen remains blank, you may need to allow pop-ups for your browser as iOS devices disable them by default.

It is possible to download most of our ebooks for offline reading either in EPUB or PDF format.  To download ebooks to your device you will need to create an Adobe ID and download additional software such as BlueFire Reader for tablets and mobile devices or Adobe Digital Editions for other devices.  It is recommended that you download the most up-to-date version for your operating system.

Can I print or copy from an ebook?

Library ebooks are protected by copyright law in the same way as print books.  For most ebooks this is controlled automatically by Digital Rights Management (DRM) software. 

The amount that can be copied or printed varies from one publisher to another, but is usually displayed when you use each book.  Please note that if you download an ebook the printing and copying functions are disabled. 

Green light ProQuest Ebook Central

Coverage:  Partial, titles are purchased individually but cover a range of subjects.

Access: Read online and download available.  Copying, printing and saving is available in the read-only format but restrictions apply.  Downloads are available for up to 21 days.

Simultaneous user access: Yes, for most titles.  Some titles have a concurrent user limit.

Formats available: 

- Read online (Desktops, tablets and laptops but NOT phones) 

- PDF for chapter downloads 

- EPUB for whole book (downloads available for phones) 

Downloading:  Yes, whole books can be downloaded for a period of up to 21 days.    Book sections can be saved as PDFs and saved indefinitely.   EPUB downloads require Adobe Digital Editions or BlueFire Reader.   For more information please refer to the ProQuest ebook central help guide. 

Accessibility options:   There is an accessibility mode which users can switch on themselves.  For more information see ProQuest Ebook Central: Accessibility 

Yellow light EBSCO E-book Collection (NetLibrary)

Coverage: A general collection of e-books covering a wide range of subjects.

Access: Read online and download available. In the read-only format copying, printing and saving are restricted.  Downloads are available for up to 7 days.

Simultaneous user access: Most books on this platform have restricted user licenses.

Formats available: PDF and EPUB depending on publisher.

Downloading:   Most titles can be downloaded.   Book sections can be saved as PDFs and saved indefinitely.   Download to desktops and laptops using Adobe Digital Editions.  For mobile devices use Bluefire reader or the EBSCO ebooks app.   You will need to create an account to download books for offline reading.  Please see the EBSCOHost help pages for further information. 

Accessibility: EBSCO has various accessibility features available.  For further information please see EBSCO eBook Accessibility User Guide and FAQs.

Yellow light  Oxford Scholarship Online

Coverage: Full access to the following collections - Business & management, Classical Studies, History, Literature, Philoosophy, Psychology and Religion.

Access: Read online and download of individual chapters available.  Copyright limits apply.

Simultaneous user access: No limit

Formats available: HTML and PDF

Downloading: Individual chapters can be downloaded as PDFs and kept indefinitely.

VLeBooks

Coverage: Partial, titles are purchased individually.

Access: Read online and download available.  Printing and copying is restricted in Read-only format.  Items can be downloaded for up to 3 days.

Simulatenous User Access: Yes for most titles. Some have a concurrent user limit. 

Formats available: Read online, PDF or EPUB downloads.

Downloading: Download using Adobe Digital Editions or the VleBooks App which is available from the iOS or Android store.   Please note that some titles are not available for download.

Accessibility: Users can change fonts, font size and contrast.  For more information please see VLeBooks Accessibility Guidance. 


Downloading ebooks to a Windows PC or MAC

To download a VLeBook on a PC or MAC you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions and create a free account called Adobe ID when prompted.

  1. To download, choose whether to download the Mac or Windows version and click the appropriate link. Follow the on-screen prompts to install Digital Editions.
  2. Register for an Adobe account and authorise your device with your Adobe ID. If you already have an existing Adobe ID, open Adobe Digital Editions and follow the instructions in section 3.

    a. Go to Adobe Sign in or create an account and click "New user? Create an account"

    b. Complete the form and scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Continue'.

  3. Activate Adobe Digital Editions with your new Adobe ID. Your Adobe ID is the Email address and password you entered in the above step.

The first time you use Adobe Digital Editions, you will be asked to authorise the software with your ID. Should you not receive this prompt, click ‘Help’ and ‘Authorise this Computer’.

Downloading the item to your PC/MAC:

Once you have installed Adobe Digital Editions on your PC/MAC, click on the “Download” button beneath the image of the book cover.

VLeBooks download button

A window will appear asking you how many days you would like to download the ebook for.  In most cases there is an option to download for up to 3 days, although some ebooks many have shorter download periods. Note: The downloaded ebook will expire after the selected number of days.

VLeBooks download options

 

You will be taken to a page telling you that your ebook download link is being generated. Once the link appears, select “Click here to download”.

VLeBooks download ink

If this does not work, go into “My Account” at the top of the screen. You can then download your ebook from within the “Current Downloads” tab.

VLeBooks download My Account

  • In Firefox, when prompted, choose to open the file in Adobe Digital Editions.
  • In Chrome open the file from your downloads folder and the ebook will automatically open in Adobe Digital Editions. If this does not happen, launch Adobe Digital Editions, click “File / Add to Library” and open the ebook from your computer’s downloads folder (the ebook will be an “acsm” file, in order to view this, change the file type from "Ebooks" to "Adobe Content Server Message").

Downloading to an iPad

Before you start, ensure you have created your free Adobe ID, required to read eBooks.

1. If you already have an existing Adobe ID follow the instructions in section 3. 
Otherwise, Go to Adobe Sign in or create an account and click "New user? Create an account".

2.  On your device, go to the App Store and search for ‘VleBooks’.

3. To install and set up your App, and download your first book, follow the steps below.

a) Open the App Store on your device and search for VLeBooks.

Press VLeBooks and then press Install

VLeBooks app store

b) Click the VLeBooks icon on your device to open the App.

You will prompted to Authorize the app with your Adobe ID. Press Authorize to continue to the next step.

Should you choose to do this later, you can click on the info tab at any time to enter your Adobe ID.

c) Enter your Adobe ID and password, and press ‘Authorize’ once done.

d) If successful, you will receive a confirmation message.

e) You are now ready to download your first book!

Using the Internet Browser on your device, go to the library catalogue to find the VLeBook book you’d like to download. Once on the ebook page press the Download button.

Choose how many days you wish to download it for and press Download.

Once generated, click the Download link, and when prompted click ‘Open in VLeBooks’. You may need to press ‘Open In’ to choose the VLeBooks application.

f) This will start the download of the book into VLeBooks for iOS.

g) Once complete, you will be asked whether you wish to be taken to your library, or read the book now.

Pressing ‘Read Now’ will open the book for you to begin reading!

 


 Downloading to Android Devices

Before you start, ensure you have created your free Adobe ID, required to read eBooks.

1. If you already have an existing Adobe ID follow the instructions in section 3. 
Otherwise, Go to Adobe Sign in or create an account and click "New user? Create an account".

Click the 'Don’t have an Adobe ID?' link.  Complete the form and scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Continue'.

2.  On your device, go to the Play Store app and search for ‘VleBooks’.

3. To install and set up your App, and download your first book, follow the steps below.

a) Open the Play Store App on your device and search for VLeBooks.

Press VLeBooks and then press Install.

VLeBooks Android App

b) When prompted, press ‘Accept & download’ to begin installing the App.

You will be notified when the App finishes installing.

c) Click the VLeBooks icon on your device to open the App.

You will be taken to your Library, which currently doesn’t have any books in it.

Before you download a book into VLeBooks for Android, open the app on your device and click the ‘Info’ button on the bottom toolbar.

d) Enter your Adobe ID and password, and press ‘Authorize’ once done.

e) If successful, you will receive a confirmation message.

f) You are now ready to download your first book!

Using the Internet Browser on your device, go to the library catalogue to find the VLeBook book you’d like to download. Once on the ebook page press the Download button.

Choose how many days you wish to download it for and press Download.

Once generated, click the Download link, and when prompted click ‘Open in VLeBooks’. You may need to press ‘Open In’ to choose the VLeBooks application.

g) This will start the download of the book into VLeBooks for Android.

h) Once complete, you will be asked whether you wish to be taken to your library, or read the book now.

Pressing ‘Read Now’ will open the book for you to begin reading!


Full text guide

 

 

Green light  Complete full text       Yellow light  Full text access to some titles       Red light  Index / abstracts only

Collections

Green light  ACLS Humanities E-Book

A fully searchable collection of over 2,200 high- quality books in the humanities from over 100 publishers selected by scholars for their continuing importance to the field.

Yellow light  Bloomsbury

Access to collections including architecture, film, visual studies, design, music and education.

  Brill E-books: Classical Studies

A searchable full-text database of scholarly books in Classical Studies.

Yellow light  Brill Reference

Includes: Encyclopaedia of Islam; Jacoby Online (Fragmente der Griechischen Historiker); New Pauly (encyclopedia of the classical world); Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum online.

Green light  Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online (EEBO) contains digital facsimile page images of virtually every work printed in    England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700.

Green light  Early European Books Online

Early European Books traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the seventeenth century, offering full-colour, high-resolution facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources.

Yellow light  Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Electronic access to Religion and Philosophy publications.

IGI Global eBooks

Access to a collection of business ebooks

  JSTOR eBooks

Access to a range of ebooks

Green light  Loeb Classical Library

A fully searchable, virtual library of Greek and Latin literature with up-to-date texts and accurate English translations: Epic and lyric poetry; tragedy and comedy; history, travel, philosophy, and oratory; the great medical writers and mathematicians; those Church Fathers who made particular use of pagan culture.

Sage Knowledge

Access to a range of ebooks.

Yellow light  Taylor and Francis E-Book Library

Access to a range of e-books.

Open Access e-books are freely available to view online without a login or password.

chat loading...