E-books

E-books can be found through Library search and can be accessed 24 hours a day seven days a week.  

E-books 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. Simply link to the e-book through library search and login in with your ID and library PIN.

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.

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Digital Rights Management and Adobe Digital Editions

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.

For information about downloading and installing Adobe Digital Editions view the video "How to download Adobe Digital Editions and create an Adobe ID" created by Library staff.

EBL

Help guide

A guide to using EBL books can be found on the VU Library EBL home page under 'Help/Feedback' or by clicking on the ‘Help/Feedback’ link whilst viewing the book.

Using off-campus

If using a desktop computer off-campus you will be prompted to download Adobe Digital Editions.

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 

Ebrary

Help guide

A guide to using Ebrary books is available on the VU Ebrary site or by clicking on the ‘Help’ link whilst viewing the book.

Downloading

If downloading an entire book you will be prompted to create a personal Ebrary account.

An overview of download options is available at the Ebrary support site.

Using off-campus

If using a desktop computer off-campus you will be prompted to download Adobe Digital Editions.

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 

EBSCOhost eBook Collection

Help guide

A guide to using EBSCO books is available at the EBSCO support site or by clicking on the ‘Help’ link 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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Help guide

A guide to using GVRL books can be found by following the ‘Help’ link whilst viewing the book.

Downloading

Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.

ICE virtual library

Help guide

A user guide to ICE books is available from the VU ICE site or by following the ‘Help’ link whilst viewing the book.

Downloading

Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.

OECD iLibrary

Help guide

A user guide to OECD books is available on the VU OECD site or by following the ‘Help’ link whilst viewing the book.

Downloading

Whole book or book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.

Ovid

Help guide 

A user guide to Ovid books is available at the VU Ovid site or by following the ‘Help’ link whilst viewing the book.

Downloading

Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.

SAGE

Downloading

Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.

ScienceDirect

Help guide

A guide to using ScienceDirect books can be found by following the ‘Help’ link whilst viewing the book. Select ‘Opening documents’ from the choices in the help window.

Downloading

Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.

SPIE eBooks

Downloading

Book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.

Downloading

Whole book or book chapters can be downloaded in PDF format.