We provide access to thousands of e-books; you can find most of them in LibrarySearch - just enter your keywords in the search box. There are two ways to restrict your search to e-books:
- under the 'Library Resources' filter on the left: go to 'Format' and click Ebooks
- under the 'Eresources' filter on the right: go to 'Source Type' and click Books
Each may bring up different results, so you may want to try both options.
Click Link to e-book or View Online and log in with your Kent IT Account details.
To find e-books that aren't yet included in LibrarySearch, follow the links under 'E-book collections' below. The red cross indicates collections that aren't in LibrarySearch. You can also use the links to browse or cross-search a collection from a particular publisher.
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 Core - Cambridge University Press e-books and journals
||E-books and e-journals from Cambridge University Press, covering a range of subject areas.
You have access to extra titles through our "You read, we buy" scheme in these subjects:
|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||Academic monographs from key disciplines in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, medicine, and law;
14,500 extra Oxford Scholarship Online e-books available until June 2018
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
- 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.
- 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 700 titles).