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How to download e-books to e-readers: Home

Accessing the Library's e-books

The majority of the Library's e-books are available via the Library catalogue. When you access an e-book via the catalogue you should be able to tell from the provider's branding what platform you are viewing the e-book on. You can use the table opposite to see whether that platform allows full text downloads.

You can also access our e-books via the Library's E-book Collections. The E-book Collections lists all of the e-book providers the Library has access to, with details of the subjects they cover, to make it easier for you to find the information you need for your research.

What e-books can I download?

In some cases (but not all), entire e-books from Ebook Central Academic Complete, Apress, Early European Books, OECD iLibrary Taxation, Taylor & Francis eBooks and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) e-library are available to download so they can be read offline on your desktop, laptop or mobile device.

Select the appropriate tab for further guidance on how to download an e-book from a particular provider. 

How long can I keep a downloaded e-book?

You can download up to ten e-books at a time from Ebook Central for fourteen days. After this period the e-book will automatically be removed from your device. You will be able to download the e-book again immediately, as long as nobody else has reserved it. 

If you download an e-book from one of our other providers (Apress, Early European Books, OECD iLibrary Taxation, Taylor & Francis eBooks or World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) e-library) you will be able to download a PDF copy which has no loan restrictions. Copyright laws still apply and should only be used for personal use.

Downloading chapters from e-books

In most cases, chapters from the library's e-books can be downloaded as PDFs to desktop, laptop and mobile devices. These files can also be transferred to most e-readers without the need to create an Adobe ID or download Adobe Digital Editions.

This is allowed up to the standard licensed allowance of 5% or one chapter of a book.

Platforms that allow full downloads




Ebook Central

Yes (with some restrictions)

The Academic Library


Apress (SpringerLink)

Yes (with some restrictions on reference work)

Blackwell Reference Online






Early European Books


EBSCO Academic e-book Collection






OECD iLibrary Taxation


Oxford Reference Online


Taylor & Francis eBooks


Westlaw UK


World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) e-library