The library has thousands of e-books which will help you in your studies. In this blog post we will outline some of the e-book collections that you can use as well as some of the initiatives which have been announced internationally to keep the world reading during self-isolation. This blog will be updated regularly with new resources. Please get in touch if you become aware of any e-book collections that you would like us to add.

Library Search

The Library’s online digital discovery tool Library Search is the go-to place to start looking for e-books, as everything that is on Library Search has the gold seal of approval as it has been chosen by your tutors.

ACLS Humanities E-Book Collection

ACLS Humanities E-Book (HEB) is a digital collection of over 5,400 seminal books in the humanities and related social sciences. These titles are presented in collaboration with more than 120 publishers and Michigan Publishing.Books in the HEB collection have been recommended and reviewed by scholars and constituent learned societies of the American Council of Learned Societies. Please click here to access free content

Cambridge University Press

Cambridge University Press is making higher education textbooks in HTML format free to access online during the coronavirus outbreak.

Over 700 textbooks, published and currently available, on Cambridge Core are available regardless of whether textbooks were previously purchased. 

Free access is available until the end of May 2020.


Access to thousands of e-books. Log in via Open Athens. You can find more support on downloadingprinting and copying from e-books via Dawsonera. Please click here to access them. For detailed guidance, read the following guide.

Digital Public Library of America

Discover 36,868,852 images, texts, videos, and sounds from across the United States. Please click here to access.

Directory of Open Access Books

A directory of academic, peer reviewed books. Please click here to find out more.

Free E-books

Historical Texts

Historical Texts brings together four historically significant collections for the first time: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) 65,000 texts from the British Library 19th Century collection and the UK Medical Heritage Library (UKMHL). Please click here to access.

Internet Archive

JSTOR Open Access books

More than 6,000 Open Access ebooks from 75+ publishers, including Brill, Cornell University Press, De Gruyter, and University of California Press, are available at no cost to readers.Please click here to access.

Many books

Open Library

Open Stax

Peer-reviewed. Openly licensed. 100% free and backed by additional learning resources. Click here to find out more.

Open Textbooks

Curated collections of Open Textbooks and full courses of inspiring dynamic content, this hub, organized by discipline and provider will help you discover the resources you need at your fingertips. Click here to find out more.

Project Gutenberg

Thousands of out-of-copyright works of literature. Good for English literature students studying pre-20th century novels.

Project Muse

Open Access books available here. Good for humanities subjects.

Proquest Ebook Central

Hundreds of titles. You can access the collection here. And also additional access to some trial titles.

Science Direct

The 326 textbooks currently on ScienceDirect will be automatically entitled to all active ScienceDirect customers (including those journals customers who do not currently have books) for a period of 90 days. Users accessing ScienceDirect through IP or remote access will be able to use these books while campuses are closed. At the end of this period, access will expire. 

Taylor and Francis Ebooks

Great for education students. Please click here to access. To find out more you can read the Taylor and Francis guide to searching.