Yes, you can, but the amount you can print is limited both by publisher restrictions and by copyright law.
Check our <guides to major ebook platforms for specific information on printing restrictions.
Always remember the copyright rules and don't print more than you need. For research and study, the law assumes that up to 10% of the words in an ebook is a reasonable portion to copy and print.
When downloading an ebook, you may be given the option to choose either PDF or EPUB format. Choose based upon how you want to use the ebook:
To read our ebooks online, all you need is a computer or mobile device with a browser.
Please see our Downloading ebooks page for information on reading ebooks offline.
For many of our ebooks, the date displayed in our Catalogue represents the date when the book was first made available electronically. The ebook may be a copy of a print book that was written and published many years earlier.
If you need ebooks that were written recently, be sure to check for Front Matter/Copyright pages. If the book was first published in print, you can see that date here.
Publishers set the terms of access, not libraries.
The Library buys some ebooks outright from publishers. Books purchased outright generally offer more flexibility: they can be accessed by multiple users, downloaded and printed freely. However, these purchases cost more, so we concentrate on buying titles in our core subject areas.
To provide a wider range of subject coverage, the Library also subscribes to ebook packages. Staff and students gain access to the latest research in many disciplines, at a low cost. These ebooks are treated much like print books: they can usually only be read by one user at a time, and there are technical limits on copying.
If you would like to use a limited-access ebook on a course reading list, please contact your Library Services Team to discuss options for purchasing more flexible access.
The types of eBook licences available to the Library depend on the licence models our eBook suppliers are able to offer. These are the types of different licences that the Library may be able to purchase, depending on availability:
While reading an ebook, try to have good posture and take frequent breaks to minimise the risk of straining any part of your body.
Eye strain can occur with extended screen use. Give your eyes a rest by looking away from the screen and focussing on something in the distance for 20 seconds every 20 minutes.
Ensure you have adequate lighting for eye comfort. Position your screen to avoid glare, and adjust the brightness of your display to a comfortable level.
When reading a computer display at night, you can reduce eye strain by adjusting the colour of your screen. Install the f.lux app for Windows and Mac here:
You can create an RSS feed which will alert you to recently published Library ebooks on a subject of your choice. Follow these steps:
Your search results will appear in your RSS reader. As new ebooks are added to the Catalogue, they will appear as new items in this list.
eTextbooks are a subset of ebooks, with this status determined by the book's publisher.
Digital versions of print textbooks (where publishers have sold multiple copies of books directly to students for a specific course) are likely to be deemed e-textbooks, an approach intended to protect the publisher's revenue stream. These e-textbooks may include additional interactive features such as assessments, quizzes, lecture slides or social media channels that facilitate student interaction, or they may be part of a complete course teaching package.
Publishers generally do not make these interactive textbooks available for purchase by libraries; instead they are sold only to individuals. Those that do sell to libraries charge per enrolled student, making the cost prohibitive within library budgets.
Sometimes books are also described as e-textbooks on the basis that they appear on a reading list somewhere in the world, without any impact on the way in which they can be used. The publications of major publishers such as Elsevier and Springer fall in this category.
The majority of ebooks purchased by the Library are bought to support research and the learning experience across different disciplines, and are not classified as e-textbooks.
No. Most ebooks are not e-textbooks. If you don’t wish to use an existing e-textbook, or cannot find one that is suitable for your course, you can choose a standard ebook as a textbook. It may be that this title has been assessed by the publisher as better suited to research and thus less likely to be used as a teaching resource. If you are one of the few to assign the title as required reading it is unlikely to be regarded by the publisher as an e-textbook.