Ebooks are digitised copies of print books with the added advantages of easy navigation, copying, printing and searching. The tabs below identify our main collections and key subject-specific collections.

Ebook platforms differ and often have embedded controls on the amount of copying and printing you can do. If you need any help finding or using ebooks, please contact an academic librarian. If you are a lecturer and want to identify ebooks to add to your reading lists, please see our guidelines on reading lists.

All of our ebooks can be searched on Discover. You can then narrow the reults by selecting Resource type: Books and Availability: Full text online in the right hand Refine menu.

Multidisciplinary collections

As well as using Discover you may like to browse or search for content directly through the platforms listed below. These allow you to create bookmarked lists for easy quick reference.

Ebooks by subject

‌Remember that, in addition to these subject-specific collections, you can search across our multidisciplinary collections for subject-specific content. See the multidisciplinary collections tab for details.

Business and management
  • Oxford Scholarship Online business and management collection.
  • Find the Cengage collection of 20 specialist business and management titles by doing an author search for Cengage on Discover.
Criminology and forensic investigation
  • CRCForensicNetBASE includes books on arson and fire investigation, computer crime, criminal justice and law, forensic pathology, forensics, law enforcement and security management.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online collections for law, political science and psychology. Search by keyword or browse the collection.
Engineering and computing
  • IEEE xplore including bioengineering, power and energy, and communication technologies, among other growing areas of research.
  • Knovel is a web-based collection of ebooks, technical information and tools for engineering students.
  • Lecture Notes in Computing Science publishes new developments in computer science and information technology research and teaching.
  • Safari Books Online is a small collection of technical and computing titles.

Historic books

JISC Historic Books - Nineteenth century books from the British Library collection includes three collections:

  • Early English Books Online 1473-1700 (EEBO) contains the scanned images, and full text digital versions where available, of over 125,000 books published in English up to 1700.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online 1701-1800 (ECCO) is a digital collection of more than 180,000 titles published in Great Britain and its colonies during the eighteenth century.
  • British Library 19th Century collection 1789-1914 includes first editions comprising over 25 million pages of previously rare and inaccessible titles.

Open textbooks

An open textbook is a textbook licensed under an open copyright license, and made available online to be freely used by students, teachers and members of the public. Many open textbooks are distributed in either print, e-book, or audio formats that may be downloaded or purchased at little or no cost.

Here are some of the main providers:

Definition from Learn more about Open Textbooks, the Student PIRGs (Accessed 13.12.17)