Books

Electronic and print books can be found through the search box on the library homepage.

E-books can be accessed 24 hours a day seven days a week. They can be read entirely online, or downloaded to your PC or mobile device. Most e-books enable you to search across the entire contents of the book. Once downloaded, an e-book can be viewed on your other devices.

VU Library e-books have been purchased from a number of different companies so there is some difference between how e-books are borrowed, downloaded, printed, read off-line and transferred between devices. Loan periods vary between 1-7 days.

The library purchases electronic versions of textbooks where possible, however many textbooks are not available in an e-book version that can be purchased by libraries. Browse some of our new e-books available in the library.

Information on how to search for books is available on the Finding Resources guide.

Information on how to use electronic books including several ‘how-to’ videos is available on the E-books Guide.

Digital Rights Management and Adobe Digital Editions

Most e-books are protected by Digital Rights Management systems (DRM) which regulate the usage of digital content. It limits the loan period for downloading and the number of pages that can be printed or copied.

Adobe Digital Editions (ADE) is free software that enables viewing and managing of e-books protected by DRM.

You will need to create an Adobe ID to authorise viewing your e-book on multiple devices.

Video: How to download Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID

Ebook Central

Help guides

See the E-books guide for basic information regarding reading, printing, copying and downloading books from Ebook Central.

Further help is available from Ebook Central books and from within the Ebook Central database through the help (?) icon.

Downloading off-campus

If downloading an entire book using a computer off-campus, you will be prompted to download Adobe Digital Editions.

Downloading on a mobile device

If using a mobile device to download a book you will be prompted to:

  • install and authorise the Bluefire reader app
  • sign up for an Adobe ID.

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

Help guides

See the E-books guide for basic information regarding reading, printing, copying and downloading books from EBSCOhost.

Further help is available from EBSCO ebooks - user guide or by clicking 'Help' whilst viewing the book, then selecting 'eBooks' from the menu on the left of the screen.

Downloading

Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format. If downloading an entire book you will be prompted to create a personal EBSCOhost account.

Using on a mobile device

If using a mobile device to view the book you will be prompted to:

  • install and authorise the Bluefire reader app
  • sign up for an Adobe ID

Device-specific help is available at the EBSCO support site.

DRM free platforms/providers

Some providers provide DRM free e-books. See the E-books guide for information on general features of these providers, and unique features and limitations.