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.
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