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E-books

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.

Collection In LibrarySearch? Description
Academic Library Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Over 500 titles including politics, culture and media
ACLS Humanities E-book project Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Over 4,300 titles with over 500 added each year
APA E-books Collection Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Psychology textbooks published by the American Psychological Association in 2011 and 2012
Cambridge Books Online Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Over 20,000 titles, covers all subjects. You can access everything with a green "P" symbol
Cambridge Companions Online Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Includes access to:
  • Complete Collection: accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics and periods
  • Literature and Classics
  • Music
  • Philosophy, Religion and Culture
Cambridge Histories Online Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Over 300 cross-searchable authoritative volumes on a wide range of historical subject areas
Dawsonera Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Access to ca 8,000 e-books in all subject areas
Ebook Central (formerly EBL) - from Proquest Fully in LibrarySearch - search now 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 Not in LibrarySearch Nearly 150,000 titles and editions published in English between 1701 and 1800
EEBO - Early English Books Online Not in LibrarySearch Almost all works in English printed from 1473-1700.
Filmakers Library Online Fully in LibrarySearch - search now 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 Partially in LibrarySearch - search now 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) Not in LibrarySearch Cross-search over 400,000 historical books from:
  • Early English Books Online (EEBO)
  • Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)
  • 19th Century books from the British Library collection
IEEE Wiley eBooks Library - Computing and Engineering Collection Fully in LibrarySearch - search now 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 Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Book series from Springer. 1973-present, over 7000 volumes
Literature Online Not in LibrarySearch 350,000 literary texts together with journals, author biographies and other critical and reference resources
Loeb Classical Library Not in LibrarySearch 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) Partially in LibrarySearch - search now E-books on medieval topics, plus a gateway to medieval history sources
MIT Press eBooks Library - Computing and Engineering Collection Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Around 600 e-books covering subjects such as computer science, intelligent systems, cognitive science, engineering, environmental science, information science, and new media.
MyiLibrary Fully in LibrarySearch - search now We have over 170 subscription titles on this e-book service. It also has links to other related free services
Nick Hern Books Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Specialist performing arts publisher, with a vast collection of full text plays, screenplays and theatre books
Open Book Publishers Not in LibrarySearch Social enterprise run by scholars around the world to give access to research within Humanities and Social Sciences
Oxford Handbooks Online Fully in LibrarySearch - search now 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 Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Large collection of subject dictionaries and guides
Oxford Scholarship Online Fully in LibrarySearch - search now 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 Partially in LibrarySearch - search now Around 9,000 titles, great for sciences
SpringerLink Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Includes access to e-books in:
  • Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Computer science
  • Lecture Notes in Computer Science
  • Mathematics and Statistics without Lecture Notes
Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science (from Morgan & Claypool) Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Access to series 1-9; information service for the research, development and educational communities in engineering and computer science
Taylor & Francis eBooks Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Medium sized collection of e-books covering most subject areas, but particularly Social Sciences
Translated Texts for Historians (from Liverpool University Press) Not in LibrarySearch 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) Fully in LibrarySearch - search now Access to thousands of e-books from 10 university presses around the world
World Scientific Fully in LibrarySearch - search now 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).
 

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