The Bodleian Libraries have arranged, with the HathiTrust, emergency access to millions of e-books. The HathiTrust is a not-for-profit collaboration of academic and research libraries across the world and a major digital repository. This service enables on-screen access to 1.5 million in-copyright items which have been verified as held in the Bodleian Libraries, as well as approximately 4 million public domain items.
VitalSource is currently providing up to 7 free e-book rentals for students at UK universities until 30 June 2020. Many of these e-books are not available to purchase via other suppliers. To access your free e-books sign up with your ox.ac.uk email address at https://bookshelf.vitalsource.com
Below is an example of just some of the available titles:
Book cover images copyright of their Publishers.
Filter results by ‘Online Resources’ and to find eBooks that can be accessed offsite, look for the green Online access icon.
As well as our existing titles, Bodleian Libraries staff have been expanding our eBook coverage. New collections have been purchased and a number of publishers have also given temporary access to their eBooks.
In addition, for some eBook collections, the licenses of content have been temporarily extended to increase or remove the limit on the number of simultaneous users.
To find out more and see all the latest information regarding eBooks, please refer to the Bodleian Libraries eBooks LibGuide.
If you urgently require a book that is only available in hardcopy or electronically via eLegal Deposit complete a Book Recommendation Form. Staff will investigate if it is possible for us to buy an eBook which will be accessible remotely if you have a SSO.
If you have any questions, please contact us via email here.
Find a wide range of books and other resources on methodology and statistical analysis in the Social Science Library and online.
Fancy paid business experience with a global publisher?
Become a Gale Ambassador and help raise awareness of the
fascinating digital archives available at your institution.
Gale is an international publisher of digital archives and other library resources such as eBooks.
Many students are unaware of the great digital resources available through the library. This includes many of Gale’s primary source archives, such as –
- The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2013
- The Economist Historical Archive, 1843-2015
- British Library Newspapers
(To see all the Gale archives you can access, search ‘Gale Primary Sources’ on SOLO.)
Gale is recruiting students to undertake awareness-building activities, so more students find out about and use these archives!
The benefits of being a Gale Ambassador:
Gale Ambassadors are paid £500, plus the role is also great for your CV…
- Business experience – work directly with staff at a global publisher
- Get published on our company blog – creating great, shareable evidence of your work
- Run your own marketing activities – refine copy and post placement to make successful use of social media
- Speak at subject society events and lectures – public speaking experience is always great for a CV
- Discover more primary sources for your own essays – potentially improving your grades
- Opportunities for in-house work experience with a global publisher
If you are interested in applying, click here for more information!
What are the benefits of e-books?
- With remote access, e-books are there when you need them; not just in library opening hours
- Full text searching helps save you time when looking for relevant sections, passages and quotes
- Multiple e-books are easy to carry around when stored on your laptop, tablet or e-reader
How to find e-books
The library catalogue SOLO is the best place to find individual e-books. Simply search for the book you want and if an e-book is available it will appear along with the print version of the book. Click here for more information.
All e-books can be read online on the hosting platform without an additional apps. EBL, Ebrary and EBSCO allow you to download and read books offline.
Click here for information on how to use e-books offline and on mobile devices.
For further information see our new e-books LibGuide
Why not borrow on one of our e-readers
The SSL has 4 Nooks that can be borrowed for 7 days (with 2 renewals) by members of the University.
The SSL’s NOOks can be used to read downloaded e-books purchased by the Bodleian Libraries from the EBL, Ebrary and EBSCOhost e-book platforms.The NOOKs are also preloaded with public domain e-books relevant to Social Science taught courses.
To borrow one please ask staff at our issue desk.
Further information and guidance on how to use them is available here.