Books and eBooks
In the Library search box, type in a book title, keyword or topic and click Search.
Refine your search to books or ebooks by selecting the following options:
- Full Text Online
- Content Type: 'Book / eBook'
Within the search results you’ll have the option to see if there is print, electronic or both versions of the book. You'll also be able to see the status of the book and where it's located in the Library.
From the search results displayed, you'll be able to see the status of the book and where it's located in the Library.
Available or In Library
The items are available and you can find it using the location and shelfmark.
For example, English MA296 KRA, Library Level 9. To find this book:
- Locate the English section on Level 9.
- The section runs from English A to Z.
- Within English MA296, follow the sequence to find English MA296 KRA.
Not Available, Due or On Holdshelf
- The items are not available. They are checked out or awaiting collection by another reader. If you need the book or item, find out how to request it.
The item can only be used in the Library. See Printing for more information on scanning and copying.
From the search results displayed, click on the Full Text Online link beside the eBook. You will be prompted to log in if you aren't already.
You can access eBooks both on and off campus using your GUID and password. Accessing the eBooks through the link on the Library website ensures that you will be authenticated properly.
- Some eBook providers have a limit on the number of readers that can access an eBook at the same time. You may be placed in a queue or receive a message saying that the eBook has reached a concurrent user limit. You should be notified by email once you can access the title.
- If you are asked to log in or pay for the eBook while on the eBook provider's website, look for an 'Institutional Login', 'Shibboleth' or 'Access Management Federation' log in option. This will allow you to choose the University of Glasgow as your institution and log in using your GUID and password. You can also try accessing the book directly through the Library search and the Full Text Online link.
- Many providers will allow you to download an eBook. Some can be downloaded and kept and others may have time limits for borrowing. Check the provider's website for information about downloading and borrowing times.
- You may need to have provider-specific software to download an eBook.
Print or copy eBooks
- Many providers allow you to print or copy from an eBook. Some may restrict this due to copyright restrictions. The restrictions for printing or copying the eBook should be displayed on the provider's website when you access the eBook.
Reading eBooks using mobile device or e-reader
Some eBooks can be downloaded onto your device without requiring an app.
Not all eBooks can be downloaded onto an e-reader (e.g. Kindle), as eBooks would not be compatible with e-readers due to requiring specific software for downloading and reading online.
- Most eBooks are compatible with devices, such as smartphones or tablets via apps. The most popular apps are:
- Other providers may have their own apps that are required to download an eBook and instructions will be provided on their website.
Open access eBooks
The Library has access to collections of open access eBooks, including Knowledge Unlatched and Open Book Publishers. These eBooks are fully downloadable and can be kept. As they are open access there are also no restrictions imposed on printing or copying. It is also possible to access public domain eBooks where copyright has expired though websites such as Project Gutenberg. Note that some sites may only offer access to older editions of textbooks, so check if you need access to the most recent edition.