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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 search box below.  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 

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. 

 Dawsonera E-Books

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

Access: Read online and download are available.  Printing copying & saving is available in the read-only format but restrictions apply.  Items can be downloaded for a maximum of 1 day.

Simultaneous user access? Yes, for most titles.  Some titles have a concurrent user limit. When this limit is reached you will see the "add to queue" option where you can enter your email address to be notified when the book becomes available.

Formats available: Read Online, EPUB and PDF downloads.

Downloading: Yes, whole books can be downloaded for a maximum of 1 day in PDF or EPUB format, depending on publisher. Printing or copying is only available using the online reader.  If you download the ebook you will not be able to use these functions.  Download using the Bluefire Reader App or Adobe Digital Editions - you will need an Adobe ID. For further information, please refer to the following help guides:

Downloading ebooks from DawsonEra

- Downloading ebooks to an Android device

Downloading ebooks to an iOS device

DawsonEra help page

Accessibility: For further information please see the DawsonEra Accessibility Statement

  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 helpguide. 

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

  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.

  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.


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.

DownloadingDownload using Adobe Digital Editions or the VleBooks App which is available from the IOS or Android store.    For further information please see the VLeBooks help page. 

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

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  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.

  Brill E-books: Classical Studies

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

  Brill Reference

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

  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.

  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.

  Gale Virtual Reference Library 

Electronic access to Religion and Philosophy publications.

  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. 

  Taylor and Francis E-Book Library

A collection of psychology e-books.

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