Ebooks are hardly a new invention but there might be some things about the ebooks in the University of Oxford that you don’t know.
Access anytime, anywhere
Although any people like the smell of books and the feel of paper in your hands ebooks have a great advantage in that they can be accessed from anywhere. All the ebooks we purchase can be accessed from anywhere whether the room in your college or travelling the world. You just need to sign in to SOLO then follow the View Online link to the ebook or sign in to the platform.
You can also download most of our ebooks. We have thousands of ebooks from many different suppliers so the methods of download can vary. If you are having problems check out the downloading ebooks section of our ebooks guide.
We always try to by ebooks that will be accessible to the most people but this is not always possible. Some ebooks are only sold with a 1 user or 3 user licence. This means that only one person, or up to three people, can use the ebook at once. When we can afford to we buy multiples of these licences.
Many of our ebooks have unlimited DRM free access. This means that any number of people can access the ebooks at the same time and you can download it and keep the copy forever. We always try to get this type of ebook if it is available.
In the past few years we have been begun subscribing to EBAs or Evidence Based Acquisitions ebook packages. These packages work by allowing us to access a range of ebooks from a publisher for a one year subscription. We pay a fee to access a large group of ebooks but it costs less than if we were to buy the individual ebooks. At the end of the subscription, we keep the most used ebooks. This allows us to purchase ebooks that we know are of interest to our readers. The more an ebook is accessed or downloaded, the more likely we are to keep it.
We have several EBAs relevant to science and medicine including
- Institute of Physics (IOP)
- SpringerLink Behavioral Science and Psychology
- Elsevier Reference Collection in Life Sciences
- Elsevier Science Direct
- All Cambridge Core ebooks covering a range of subjects
You can see the full range of EBAs that we subscribe to on Databases A-Z.
Ebooks and ORLO
So ebooks are easy to use and we have 1000’s and 1000’s of them, but it’s still annoying to have to search for them right? If you have an ORLO reading list then the available ebooks will be linked on the list. Scroll through your list and click the handy View Online button. You’ll see your ebook in one click!
Electronic Legal Deposit
Electronic Legal Deposit (eLD) items are materials which Oxford has received under Legal Deposit legislation which entitles the Bodleian Libraries to a copy of every item published in the UK. One restriction on using these items is that they can only be accessed on public computers in one of the Bodleian Libraries. Also, digital copying is not permitted under current legislation. You cannot copy and paste, take a screenshot, download or scan this material.
This can make electronic items difficult to access. If there is an alternative ebook try using that instead. If there’s no alternative you may want to recommend that we purchase an ebook of that item.
Can’t find the ebook you want?
If there’s an ebook you want that we don’t have then use our recommend a purchase form. If it’s available and is suitable for our collections we’ll purchase it. Unfortunately, some ebooks are only made available for an individual to purchase not an institution. That’s why you might see something available for kindle but not in our collection. We’ll do our best to find the titles you recommend so let us know what you are looking for.
We try not to use jargon when talking about ebooks but sometimes there’s a lot of specialist terms. “DRM Free”, licences, eLD and much more. Hopefully we explained some of these terms but if you have any questions about ebooks contact your subject librarian or our enquiries team.