We provide access to thousands of e-books; you can find most of them in LibrarySearch.
Have a look at our e-book collections below as well, because:
- a few of our e-books are not included in LibrarySearch
- e-book collections are great for browsing, especially for books within subject areas.
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 5,400 e-books in the humanities and related social sciences, recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies|
|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.
|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) .|
|eBook Collection (from EBSCOhost)||Over 600 e-books from a range of respected academic publishers across all disciplines|
|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.
|Early European Books: printed sources to 1700||Traces the history of printing in Europe from its origins through to the close of the 17th century, offering full-colour facsimile images of rare and hard-to-access printed sources|
|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|
|KoganPage Careers & Employability Resources||An independent global publisher of business books and content with over 1,000 titles in print, it provides books and digital solutions for professional practice and academic achievement.|
|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|
|Manchester Film Studies||A collection of 163 books written by leading names in the field as well as one journal: Film Studies. It covers all aspects of film studies from volumes on a wide range of British, French, Spanish and Latin American filmmakers to debates and issues that are informing current practice in film and screen studies|
|Manchester Gothic||An unrivalled collection of gothic literature including 53 books and the Gothic Studies (1999-2018) journal, written by leading names in the field and covering literature, film, television, theatre and visual arts, dating from the eighteenth century to the present|
|Manchester Medieval Sources Online (from Manchester Hive)||Full text of 39 e-books on medieval topics, plus other resources and introductory and explanatory material, intended to bring alive the reality of life in the medieval world through these first hand accounts, many translated into English for the first time|
|Manchester Shakespeare||Includes 73 books covering a wealth of historical, social and cultural critiques of Shakespeare's works, plus the works of his contemporaries such as Spenser, Kyd, Marlowe and Lyly|
|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
Choose your subject from "Browse by Subject". You can access all titles with a green, open padlock symbol
|ScienceDirect Elsevier||Around 14,000 titles, great for sciences|
|Security, Conflict and Peace (from Manchester Hive)||Full text of 61 ebooks on international, regional and national security, terrorism and conflict management.|
|SPIE Digital Library||Over 300 e-books of optics and photonics research, plus an index of 30,000 peer reviewed journals, with full text from 2014 onwards, and the proceedings and presentation recordings from SPIE Conferences|
|SpringerLink||Includes access to e-books in:
|Studies in Imperialism (from Manchester Hive)||Over 150 e-books, edited and authored by leading figures in the field and published by Manchester University Press; covers topics in propaganda, social control and migration, power and identity|
|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 Press Scholarship Online
||Access to hundred of ebooks from university presses around the world|
|University Publishing Online (from Cambridge University Press)||Access to thousands of e-books from 10 university presses around the world|
|Very Short Introductions||Concise introductions to a diverse range of subjects and topics written by expert authors in their fields. Updated annually by Oxford University Press|
|VLeBooks||A growing collection of e-books in all subject areas (over 7000 titles). You can edit the accessibility settings to suit your reading needs.|
|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)