The Library has purchased nearly 16,000 electronic books (e-books) available for students and staff to read (and in some cases to download) online via different publisher platforms. Over 11,000 titles are available in the MyiLibrary platform and over 3,000 in Dawsonera. Additional collections have been purchased in EBSCO, Ebrary, the Cambridge Core and Oxford Scholarship Online platforms. The main format used is PDF, ePub and HTML.
While an increasing number of titles are available in electronic format, this does not apply to all printed books. Be aware that many e-book titles are available solely for purchase by individuals as they are sold directly to the student market via VitalSource, and Kortext. In these instances, the licensing restrictions imposed by the publishers mean that such titles are not available for libraries to purchase for their collections.
You can also use your Aspire Card to purchase e-books at John Smiths's Campus bookshop. In these instances, the licensing restrictions imposed by the publishers mean that such titles are not available for libraries to purchase for their collections.
You can view or download the quick guide to e-books (PDF).
You can search for our e-books in LibrarySearch in the portal and via the separate e-resource platforms. E-books are also listed in the Library Catalogue. All electronic resources are denoted by the [electronic resource] tag next to the title. Additionally e-books can be retrieved from search results by choosing Electronic Books from the Refine Your Search menu.
E-books are accessible via the University portal from the Online databases and academic journals link in the My Learning/Learning Support page..
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