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Ebooks: Using ebooks in teaching

Using ebooks as learning resources

The Library's ever increasing collection of eBooks are well suited to subject reading lists. We purchase textbooks in electronic format, wherever possible, to try and reduce the financial burden on students and enhance their learning experience.

By choosing ebooks you can embed links to critical subject readings in your learning modules. No more copyright clash emails or searching in Primo Search for subject reserve. Students can click on a link to access selected readings or the whole book and not have to worry about placing requests and waiting for postage.

It's important to consider the suitability of individual eBook licences prior to adding them to your reading list, as access conditions vary on individual titles, according to publisher specifications. Publishers may for example:

  • restrict the number of simultaneous users
  • place limits on printing, copying text and downloads, or
  • remove a title from sale, preventing us from purchasing additional copies to meet increased demand.

If you have questions or would like to talk further about using ebooks for teaching contact your Library Faculty Team.

To add ebooks or ebook chapters to your Readings and Resources (Leganto) list please see the Use Primo Search page of our Using Leganto guide.

Giving eBook access advice to students

As there are often limits on the number of users who can access an eBook title at any one time please consider adding the following information to your subject outline when the library has eBook access to a textbook:

Public User Note Message for Students
Unlimited user access The textbook for this subject is available as an eBook in the Library. This eBook allows access to an unlimited number of simultaneous users. Use your discretion as to whether a personal copy should be purchased.
1 user only

The textbook for this subject is available as an eBook in the Library. This eBook access is limited to one user at a time. Use your discretion as to whether a personal copy should be purchased.

To ensure the text is accessible to as many people as possible please follow our eBook etiquette.
3 concurrent users only

The textbook for this subject is available as an eBook in the Library. This eBook access is limited to 3 simultaneous users. Use your discretion as to whether a personal copy should be purchased.

To ensure the text is accessible to as many people as possible please follow our eBook etiquette.
9 concurrent users only

The textbook for this subject is available as an eBook in the Library. This eBook access is limited to 9 simultaneous users. Use your discretion as to whether a personal copy should be purchased.

To ensure the text is accessible to as many people as possible please follow our eBook etiquette.

Note: the Public User Note mentioned in the above table can be found on Primo Search eBook detail pages: 

For more information please contact your Library Faculty Team.

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