eBooks are electronic versions of the printed books that you might find on the shelf in the library.  The benefits of eBooks are that:

  • you can read them online, print and download them, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on or off campus

  • you do not get fines and you do not have to queue to access them

  • you can search within the text for keyword/s

  • you can access them from your mobile device

Software required

Most of eBooks services (see Dawsonera below) are compatible with browsers on the University desktops, Adobe Acrobat reader software is required to print, copy and download eBooks. 


eBooks are subject to the same restrictions as print books, individuals are permitted to download up to one chapter or 5% from an eBook. The publisher may also have their restrictions, often referred to as Digital Rights Management (DRM) controls, which allows them to control and manage usage, such as the number of concurrent users and the number of pages a user can copy, print or download. 

Accessing Off-campus

As with most of our other eResources, to access an eBook of campus you need your University username and password.


Our eBook collections

We have eBooks from a range of suppliers.  We have eBooks from a range of suppliers which are listed below. There are links to access the books, plus links to printed and video guides for many of these.



This ia a multidisciplinary collection of books, and mostly allows unlimited concurrent access. You can copy between 5-10% of text and print between 5-10% but you can only print one page at a time. You can download a title for offline reading for 3 days but you cannot print from saved copy, once the download period has expired you can download the book again.

Please note: there is a bug in Internet Explorer (IE) 9 which means that the download and read online options do not work correctly with Dawsonera books. To overcome this you must set compatibility view when viewing a Dawsonera book (select Tools>Compatibility view on the IE9 toolbar). Alternatively you may find it easier to use a different web browser such as Firefox or Google Chrome.


ebrary® eBooks

Contains 30,000+ eBooks, covering all subject areas, and allows unlimited concurrent users. You can search the entire collection by keyword, subject, publisher etc, print pages or copy and paste search results.

Guides to using ebrary®


EBSCO eBooks

Covering most subjects, and reflecting current learning and teaching, there is no concurrency and only allows one user at a time. You can view online or download.



Forensic Science, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice ebooks, with a searchable interface. Individual chapters can be viewed, printed and downloaded to a desktop/laptop PC.



Includes titles available in fields such as computer science, artificial intelligence, information theory, computer programming, information technology and electrical engineering. A fantastic eBook resource for computing, engineering and technology based students. The link will take you through to the main IEEEXplore site and you can choose to search the whole IEEE digital library or just view the eBooks individually by clicking on the 'Books and eBooks' link.



Database of over 30,000 chapters from over 2,000 books published by the American Psychological Association. Chapters can be viewed online and downloaded to a desk/laptop PC and mobile devices.


Palgrave ebooks

Collection of 21 Philosophy ebooks from Palgrave Macmillan. Plus free Open Access content.


Safari Books Online

The eReference library for programmers and IT professionals. Covering the latest in IT, computing, e-commerce and many of the new technologies, Safari Tech Books also contains user guides for popular types of software.


Smashing Library

This collection includes books on web design, mobile applications and design software. Book PDFs can be downloaded for the purpose of individual educational use.


ASME Press

ASME Press is an imprint of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), established to publish books and now eBooks beyond the Society’s traditional programs of publications sponsored by ASME’s technical divisions. The ASME Digital Collection currently contains over 120 new and classic eBooks.


Blackwell Reference

A database of quality reference resources for students and scholars, featuring Wiley-Blackwell’s companions, handbooks, dictionaries and guides from across the social sciences and humanities.


Oxford Reference

Bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.


How to report a problem

If you experience a problem using any of the eBook services please contact ask@staffs.ac.uk and give details of the eBook services you are using together with details of the book.