Ebook Collections: Home

This guide highlights a range of ebook collections, giving details on the content of the collections, and how to use them

About e-books

University of St Andrews Staff and Students have access to a range of Ebooks, some bought individually, others belonging to packages.  

How can I find what Ebooks are available?

Search the Library to find e-books.

Enter a subject, keyword, author or book title.  In the results, in the left hand side select "Library Catalogue" and "Online" to only see the e-books with full-text access:

How do I view the content of Ebooks?

Most Ebooks are subscription resources, you will need to login with your University of St Andrews username and password to view the full content.  Most Ebooks give you full-text access online, but restrict the amount you can print or download in accordance with UK copyright.  Some Ebooks can be downloaded in their entirety to you computer, but the file will automatically be removed after a set period of time, whereas some are provided on a DRM  (Digital Rights Management) free format, allowing you to download and keep them. Some of the Ebook collections limit the number of concurrent users who can access them.  A small number of Ebooks are published as Open Access, meaning they are freely available to view online.  For more information on each collection click the tab with the name of the collection you are needing.

What E-book Packages can I use?

Details on each of the Ebook packages can be found on the tabs on this page. 

Epub format

Some Ebooks can be downloaded, but have an EPub format - to access these you'll need a reader installed.

For PCs, MACs and some e-readers you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions.

Adobe Digital Editions isn't compatible with most tablets, instead you will need to install the Bluefire Reader App.

Links to Adobe Digital Editions and Bluefire Reader sites are below.

More books

If you find that the library doesn't have a book which you require for your own research you can use the Inter-Library Loans Service

If you think a book would be a useful addition to the Library collections, please let us know.

Staff should email the details of the book to their Academic Liaison Librarian

Students can email details of the book to morebooks@st-andrews.ac.uk

Ask a Librarian

Need help? Chat to Library Staff, Monday - Friday, 9.00-17.00 using the box below.  When "Ask a Librarian" is unavailable email library@st-andrews.ac.uk with your question.