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A guide to electronic books at the ANU Library

E-book databases

The Library's e-books are provided by a wide variety of different publishers, which users can access via several different digital platforms. In addition to searching for e-books using the Library's Catalogue, you can also access our e-book collections by way of the E-resources & databases listing, by clicking on the letters "e" and/or "p".

Our two largest e-book collections are ProQuest Ebook Central, and EBSCO eBooks. Simply click on the name of each collection to access its digital platform and begin searching or browsing for e-books. In addition to these two major providers, the Library also provides access to a selection of other e-book platforms, which can be accessed here.

Please note: e-book titles previously offered by EBL and Ebrary are now available to search or browse in ProQuest Ebook Central.

Our digital e-book platforms allow users to:

  • Read online, or download the e-book. All of our e-books can be read online, from any computer or mobile device with an active connection to the internet. It's also possible to check out and download many of these titles to a computer or mobile device. Loan periods can vary depending on the provider and generally range between 7 and 14 days, after which time users must download and check out the book again.
  • Copy, download, save, and print. Each of our digital e-book platforms allows you to perform a range of different functions, and informs users how much they are entitled to print and download without infringing copyright.
  • Annotate. You can create your own "marginalia" and annotate your texts with notes and observations. Remember, when using Adobe Digital Editions, notes and annotations will disappear once your book loan period expires, so you may want to print or save them before the expiry date. 
  • Cite. Most e-books provide options for generating and/or exporting citations. Look for a "cite this book" link, or its equivalent, when reading a digital text. This will normally provide you with an option to export your citation to a variety of different reference managers, such as EndNote.

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