Information sources: Ebooks

Searching for ebooks

More and more of the ebooks you need for learning and research are being made available online. As well as our impressive print collection, we are committed to developing our online ebook library.

The information in this guide will detail our main ebook collections, how to find and use them, and point you towards some of the best places to get hold of free ebooks.

How do I search for ebooks?
If you're looking for a particular ebook, or want to search for ebooks by keyword, the easiest way to start your search is by using the Library search from the homepage:

  • From the Library Homepage, enter your keyword(s) in the 'Search All' box
  • On the results page, select ‘Book/eBook’ under Content Type
  • Select ‘Full Text Online’ under Refine your search

This will refine your search to books available online, ie ebooks

Like journals, ebooks come from many different publishers and the look and functionality can vary from publisher to publisher.

Some of our collections contain general content, often found on reading lists, and other are more subject orientated.

EbookCentral is by far the biggest, and growing, general collection of ebooks at Brunel Library, with other supplied from Dawsonera and Ebscohost. All titles can be read online, and more and more are being made available to download.

Artech Access

Provides access to 20 ebooks on electronic and computer engineering published by Artech House.

Ebook Central

ProQuest Ebook Central provides access to over 10,000 authoritative ebooks covering a wide range of subjects. They can be read online and, where permitted, a section of the ebook may be downloaded. Many of them are titles that have been included on reading lists. Ebook Central is designed for patrons with accessibility needs. For more information see:

Can I download books?
Sometimes, yes. If, when you open a title, you see a link ‘Add to Bookshelf for Download’, then the title can be downloaded.

Instructions will vary depending on your operating system and what type of device you’re using. You should be able to download a chapter and open the PDF with Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. For guidance, see:

What if it can’t be downloaded? What are my options?

  • You can read it online, dipping in and out as often as you wish.
  • You can download pages/a chapter, within Copyright Law. Look for the download icon just above the book cover and select your page range. Once downloaded, this download is yours to keep and can be read like a standard PDF.
  • You can print pages/a chapter, within Copyright Law. Look for the print icon just above the book cover and select your page range.

NOTE: if reading online and you are turned away, this means that the maximum number of readers has been reached. Just keep trying until you get back in. More than 8,000 MyiLibrary ebooks migrated to this new platform during April 2018.

There are over 1,000 ebook titles in the VLeBooks collection (formerly this collection was hosted by Dawsonera which was bought by Askews and Holts) covering a wide range of subjects. They can be read online or downloaded for a short loan. Many of them are titles that have been included on reading lists. We recommend that you check if Adobe Reader is set to open content inside the browser so that you can read online. See the VLeBooks help page and LibAnswers for guidance if the ebook does not open correctly. Please note that VLeBooks uses digital rights management (DRM) software: you are advised to ensure you are using at least version 4.0.1 of Adobe Digital Editions when you read an e-book on your computer or portable device.

SAGE Research Methods

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. It provides access to over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with advanced search and discovery tools. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and beyond. For guidance see SAGE's LibGuide and methods map.

Alternative link (if above doesn't work)

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