Answered By: Elizabeth Gillespie
Last Updated: Jul 16, 2018     Views: 66

Ways to read and use eBooks can vary depending on the publisher and the eBook provider.  General advice is provided here, but more specific advice can be found in the help pages of the relevant eBook platform (listed at the bottom of this page).

Reading Online

Most eBooks in our collection can be read online, on Windows or Mac computers, and iOS devices and Android devices.  Usually only an up to date web browser is required; the eBook will open within the browser.

Downloading eBooks

Many of the eBooks in our collection can be downloaded, usually to a computer or mobile device (download to a dedicated eBook Reader is not usually supported). 

A PDF reader (on a computer or mobile device) is required in most cases. eBook platforms will specify if specific software is required, which you will need to install before downloading the eBook, for example Adobe Digital Editions, Bluefire Reader or Kortext Reader.

Printing and copying from eBooks 

You can copy and print from most of the library's eBooks. You will usually be allowed to copy and print up to 10% of a title (in accordance with copyright restrictions).

However, restrictions to copying and printing can vary depending on the publisher and the eBook platform.  Some books are subject to additional or additional limits.

eBook platforms with titles subject to additional restrictions include ProQuest eBook central, EBSCOhost eBooks and DawsonEra.  When you view an eBook on those platforms, they display information about the specific copy /  print limits that apply to it.

Privacy and Accessibility information

eBook platforms work to privacy and accessibility standards.  Specific information can be found in the help pages for the relevant eBook platform (see list below).


Links to available help pages for some major eBook platforms:

Askews and Holts VLE Books

Cambridge Core (Cambridge University Press)

DawsonEra eBooks:

Early European Books

EBSCO eBooks

IEEE Xplore eBooks

Oxford Scholarship Online 

Proquest eBook Central (EBC)

ScienceDirect eBooks


Taylor & Francis eBooks

  • General help
  • Accessibility: T&F support priority 1 (level A) of the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative Guidelines (WAIG).
  • Privacy

If the eBook platform you are using is not listed above, information about accessibility, privacy can usually be found as links at the bottom of the webapge or via the platforms help pages.


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