We provide access to thousands of e-books; you can find most of them in LibrarySearch - just enter your keywords in the search box. If you get too many results use the filters on the right:
- under 'Show only' click Full-text online
- under 'Resource type' click Books
Some e-books collections or publishers aren't yet included in LibrarySearch, or you may wish to browse or cross-search a collection from a particular publisher. They are all listed on the "E-book collections" tab below, which also shows if the collection is included in LibrarySearch.
E-book collections we subscribe to
There's also a list of freely available e-book services at the bottom of the page.
|Academic Library||Over 500 titles including politics, culture and media|
|ACLS Humanities E-book project||Over 4,300 titles with over 500 added each year|
|APA E-books Collection||Psychology textbooks published by the American Psychological Association in 2011 and 2012|
|Cambridge Books Online||Over 20,000 titles, covers all subjects. You can access everything with a green "P" symbol|
|Cambridge Companions Online||Includes access to:
|Cambridge Histories Online||Over 300 cross-searchable authoritative volumes on a wide range of historical subject areas|
|Dawsonera||Access to ca 8,000 e-books in all subject areas|
|Ebook Central (formerly EBL) - from Proquest||A steadily growing collection of e-books from all subject areas (currently around 7000 titles). You can only view Ebook Central e-books online, not downloaded, on student PCs. To download Ebook Central e-books to your own device, install Adobe Digital Editions (free) .|
|ECCO - Eighteenth Century Collections Online||Nearly 150,000 titles and editions published in English between 1701 and 1800
|EEBO - Early English Books Online||Almost all works in English printed from 1473-1700.
|Filmakers Library Online||Award-winning documentaries on a wide range of subjects, presenting points of view and historical and current experiences from cultures and traditions world-wide|
|HeinOnline||Large legal research collection containing more than nine centuries of legal history; includes Selden Society Publications and the History of Early English Law|
|Historical Texts (formerly JISC Historic Books)||Cross-search over 400,000 historical books from:
|IEEE Wiley eBooks Library - Computing and Engineering Collection||Over 700 e-books, covering subjects like bioengineering, power and energy, and communication technologies, among other growing areas of research|
|Lecture Notes in Computer Science||Book series from Springer. 1973-present, over 7000 volumes|
|Literature Online||350,000 literary texts together with journals, author biographies and other critical and reference resources|
|Loeb Classical Library||The full Loeb collection, digitised: over 520 volumes of Latin, Greek, and English texts available to browse, search, bookmark, annotate, and share|
|Medieval Sources online (from Manchester University Press)||E-books on medieval topics, plus a gateway to medieval history sources|
|MIT Press eBooks Library - Computing and Engineering Collection||Around 600 e-books covering subjects such as computer science, intelligent systems, cognitive science, engineering, environmental science, information science, and new media.|
|MyiLibrary||We have over 170 subscription titles on this e-book service. It also has links to other related free services|
|Nick Hern Books||Specialist performing arts publisher, with a vast collection of full text plays, screenplays and theatre books|
|Open Book Publishers||Social enterprise run by scholars around the world to give access to research within Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Oxford Handbooks Online||Thorough introduction to topics such as business and management, history, law, linguistics, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion, delivered via specially commissioned essays with extensive referencing to further reading. You can access all titles with a green, open padlock symbol|
|Oxford Reference Online||Large collection of subject dictionaries and guides|
|Oxford Scholarship Online||Around 10,000 titles, covers all subjects. Choose your subject from "Browse by Subject". You can access all titles with a green, open padlock symbol|
|ScienceDirect Elsevier||Around 9,000 titles, great for sciences|
|SpringerLink||Includes access to e-books in:
|Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science (from Morgan & Claypool)||Access to series 1-9; information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science|
|Taylor & Francis eBooks||Medium sized collection of e-books covering most subject areas, but particularly Social Sciences|
|Translated Texts for Historians (from Liverpool University Press)||Expert scholarly translations of historical sources from 300–800 AD, including letters, annals, political speeches, handbooks, poems, documentary sources, Lives of saints, and many more|
|University Publishing Online (from Cambridge University Press)||Access to thousands of e-books from 10 university presses around the world|
|World Scientific||Small collection of physics and mathematics e-books|
Freely available resources
- Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): over 2800 academic peer-reviewed e-books from 100 publishers
- Electronic Literature Directory: directory of electronic works (including current texts) covering poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction. Lists titles, authors, and publishing organisations, with links pointing you to the full-text (wherever it may be!)
- Globusz Publishing: free electronic books in areas of non-fiction (business, computing, economics, philosophy, etc.), and fiction (classics, poetry, drama, and new releases). Can download and read books online for free, but they expire after a certain period: lifetime membership rates are available
- Internet Archive - Text archive: contains over 1.3 million items, mainly out of copyright books. The IA also contains information in other formats: Moving images, Audio material, Software, and Educational resources.
- Internet Public Library: directory of online text collections, projects and services covering all subject areas hosted at the University of Michigan
- New Bartleby Library (aka Project Bartleby Archive): freely available electronic reference works (classic cookery books, Gray's Anatomy, Roget's Thesaurus, etc.), verse works, fiction, and non-fiction, e-books or anthologies. Includes the complete 70 volumes of the Harvard Classics series, the Oxford Shakespeare, and many others
- Online Books Page: directory of online texts on the internet, compiled, hosted and managed by the University of Pennsylvania Library. Try the search screen, or browse the listings.
- Online Literature Library: out-of-copyright classics in literature.
- Oxford Text Archive: electronic plain-text versions of (mainly out-of copyright) texts in literature, languages, and linguistics (including manuscripts). Currently 2,500 plus texts deposited, ranging from Asterius the Sophist, to Peter Ustinov, taking in Bach, Housman, Marx, and Pope on the way. You need to submit your email address, and texts will be emailed to you as a WinZip file.
- Project Gutenberg: homepage of a free, e-book producing project (not related to the British Library's digitisation of the Gutenberg Bible). Project Gutenberg produces no-frills, sparsely formatted, (mainly ascii) text only electronic versions of out-of-copyright books (classic novels, plays and literature).
- Turning the pages: digitised manuscripts from the British Library
- UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004: selection of digitised books on various subjects and from various publishers, collated by the University of California. See the "Public" collection for texts that can be freely downloaded (over 500 titles).