Finding E-books

  • If you are a Brookes student, you can access our e-books from anywhere using your Brookes login. This guide will help you with finding, reading and downloading library e-books, using the main e-book platforms you're likely to see. 

    Note that publishers do not always make their titles available as library e-books. In some cases a book can be purchased for individual use (e.g. via a Kindle) but it may not be available for libraries. This is particularly true of textbooks. 

  • E-books are listed on the Library Catalogue and on Discover. Follow the steps below to search our collection through either of these routes, or alternatively, watch our video.

    To find e-books through the Library Catalogue:

    • Go to the Library home page and choose the tab 'Books & e-books'.
    • Search for the book by author and/or keyword or a combination of both. At the search results screen, click the Collection filter (on the left) called 'Electronic Books Catalogue'. You will also see 'eBook' next to any titles which are available electronically.
    • Click on the book title to see the full details and look for the link 'Access the resource'. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password.

    To find e-books through Discover:

    • Go to the Library home page and search using the first tab 'Search Discover'. You can search for the book by author and/or keyword or a combination of both. 
    • At the search results screen, scroll down the options on the left of the screen and select the 'Books & e-books' option under Format.
    • You will see 'View online' below any titles which are available electronically. Log in when prompted with your Brookes username and password. 

    Our e-books are on a variety of online platforms and each of these offers different options for viewing and downloading. Below are tips on using the main e-book platforms you're likely to see. For other platforms, check the on-screen help guides.

    Adobe Digital Editions
    In order to download e-books on the Dawsonera, ProQuest Ebook Central and EBSCO eBooks platforms you will need to have the Adobe Digital Editions programme on your laptop or computer. You can download Adobe Digital Editions here. IT Services have installed Adobe Digital Editions as an App on Brookes networked computers. If you are using one of these PCs, you should  launch Adobe Digital Editions first (from the "AppsAnywhere" page) and then go to the e-book. Brookes staff may need to request the programme from IT Services if they want it installed on their office PC.

    Dawsonera platform

    • Many of these books are available through a 'credit' model – this allows for a certain number of uses in a 12-month period, starting from the day the e-book is bought. This means there are no restrictions on the number of students using one e-book at the same time.
    • You can read Dawsonera books online and may also be able to download the whole book (for a limited time) or sections of it, depending on what the publisher has allowed.
    • In order to read and download Dawsonera e-books you will need to have the Adobe Digital Editions programme on your laptop or computer - see the note above. 
    • You can add your own notes to Dawsonera e-books and share these with others. For full instructions, see their User Guide
    • For details of how to use Dawsonera e-books on other devices, check this Dawsonera help page

    ProQuest Ebook Central platform

    • Many of these books are available through a 'user license model' – this allows for only a limited number of people to access the book at one time.  If an e-book is being used, you will get a message saying that it is not currently available and you will need to try again later.
    • Some of these books are available through a 'credit' model – this allows for a certain number of uses in a 12-month period, starting from the day the e-book is bought. This means there are no restrictions on the number of students using one e-book at the same time.
    • You can read ProQuest Ebook Central books online and may also be able to download the whole book (for a limited time) or sections of it, depending on what the publisher has allowed.
    • In order to read and download ProQuest Ebook Central e-books you will need to have the Adobe Digital Editions programme on your laptop or computer - see the note above. 
    • On iOS and Android devices, you need Bluefire Reader, which is free from the App Store and Google Play, though you also need an Adobe ID to use Bluefire Reader. ProQuest have produced a very helpful guide ProQuest Ebook Central: Full Download explaining how their e-books work on different devices.

    EBSCO E-books platform

    • Many of these books are available through a 'user license model' – this allows for only a limited number of people to access the book at one time.  If an e-book is being used, you will get a message saying that it is not currently available and you will need to try again later.
    • You can read EBSCO e-books online and may also be able to download the whole book (for a limited time) or sections of it, depending on what the publisher has allowed.
    • In order to read and download ProQuest Ebook Central e-books you will need to have the Adobe Digital Editions programme on your laptop or computer - see the note above.
    • For full details of how to use EBSCO e-books, check this EBSCO eBooks User Guide.

    Safari Books Online
    This is a collection of e-books on various aspects of Information Technology and Business. You can read our guide to Safari. If you are using Safari it is important that you log out of the database at the end of your session to release the collection for other users. 

    • Oxford Reference gives access to Oxford University Press reference books on a wide variety of subjects.
    • See our guide to Dictionaries for links to other collections of reference books and online dictionaries.
    • Information about reference e-books for specific subjects may be given on the relevant Subject help pages
    Historical Texts (formerly JISC Historic Books) provides the full text of over 350,000 books on a wide range of subjects published in Great Britain from 1475-1900. It consists of: Early English Books Online (EEBO), Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) and Nineteenth Century Books from the British Library collection. You can opt to search the collections individually or in combination. The books are not listed on the Library catalogue.