Ebooks at UoB

Ebooks have many advantages over print books:

  • 24 hour off-campus access
  • No fines
  • Free up library space for other uses, e.g. study spaces, group study
  • Extra functionality such as keyword searching across whole ebook collection

Accessing ebooks at the Library

Access ebooks on FindIt@Bham and search by ebook title or searching for a provider (e.g. Ebook Central, VLeBooks - see below under ebook collections).

Also see our Mobile devices page for information on accessing ebooks and other eResources on smart-phones and other portable devices. 

Read our ebooks FAQs

Ebook collections

We have access to ebooks from key providers, supplying a wide collection of ebooks.

  • Ebook Central A growing collection of more than 150,000 owned and subscribed titles over a wide range of subjects. An increasing number of titles are available DRM-free with unlimited chapter downloads.
  • ACLS Humanities Collection Contains over 5000 full-text humanities titles and represents over 250 academic and learned societies.  Titles are continuously added to the collection.
  • Cambridge Core All of our Cambridge University Press content in one place. Including literature, music and philosophy collections, Shakespeare Survey and Cambridge Histories Online.
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online Original eighteenth-century books etc in digitized form.
  • Elsevier - Science Direct A wide range of scientific, technical, and medical research titles. Clinical Key - a collection of key medical education textbooks.
  • Knovel Covering a range of engineering subjects.
  • Oxford Dictionaries Searchable comprehensive bilingual dictionaries in French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Includes a range of study aids and grammar notes.
  • Oxford Medicine Online A series of pocket handbooks for a broad medical readership, from students, junior doctors, and specialist trainees, to nurses, dentists, paramedics, and allied health professionals.
  • Oxford Scholarship Online Key titles in Political Science and History



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