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How to Use E-books

E-books are becoming increasingly common, a number of the University Library's books are only available digitally.

To search specifically for e-books, after a search, limit the results under "Material type" to "E-books" to the left of the results.

How to gain access from home
Start at the University Library's homepage. When asked to log in, use the same user name and password as on My Space, if your are a staff member; log in as though to UoB's server.

I am trying to read the book, but it is being used
If you are told that the book is being used, try again later. Often the book will be available after a short period of time, in some cases another user will have downloaded the book, and it will be withheld from other users for a period of two weeks.

I have used the book before, but now it's gone
Many of the e-books that the University Library has access to are rented in packages, wherein the books are exchanged. Using this form you can contact the library to suggest the purchase a book.

I want to borrow a book from another library
Unfortunately it is not possible to borrow e-books from another library. It is, however often possible to receive a chapter or some chosen pages from a book. You can, however, order a hard copy or  suggest that the University library purchase the book.

Different e-book suppliers have different user interfaces. They also have different rules and procedures for downloading and printing. This is particularly true with regards to Ebrary.

How can I use e-books and other digital resources in my teaching?

The rights concerning teaching (f. ex. uploading to My space or digital distribution to students) varies between publishers, which means there is no common policy. It is always possible to link to the resources, as the access control will be done at the publishers’ webpages and only approved IP-addresses will get access. CRIStin has made an overview of the publishers’ policy concerning coursepacks (“Kurskomp.”) from journals, which means the possibility of uploading articles to My space.

Open Access literature can be uploaded and distributed as long as it has an open license. Scientific, digital literature with open licenses could be found in DOAJ for articles and DOAB for books.