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Let’s go digital together

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Electronic books provide instant access to essential reading material, ensuring that your students get the knowledge when they need it and wherever they need it.

They provide:

Ease of access

eBooks are available on and off campus. You and your students can get access to them when and where they prefer.


You can search inside the eBook, bookmark pages and make electronic notes as you go along.


eBooks will not go missing and will be vandal and damage proof, which means there will be no more graffiti or highlighter marks.


eBooks can be re-sized on screen making them easier to read for people with visual impairments.

Fact: The Library has access to around 150,000 eBooks, which you and your students have access to on or off campus. Increasingly, more of the Library’s information fund is being spent on providing web-based resources in the form of eJournals and eBooks.

Requesting books and other resources for library stock

As a member of academic staff, you can make book requests to support your courses, including new titles and electronic copies of existing print stock, if available. If you wish to suggest books or other material for purchase by the Library please complete a book recommendation card, available from any Library helpdesk.

New requests for journals and databases are also considered annually, but may have to be balanced by cancellations due to funding restraints.

If you prefer, you can contact your subject librarian directly by email or telephone; see our Contacts and Library sites page. Your librarian will also be able to advise you and keep you up-to-date on all your stock requests.

The Library’s collection management policy prioritises electronic copies over print material, to make resources more widely accessible, so please keep this in mind when making your requests.

Fact: Last year over one million print books were borrowed by students and staff from the Library. Over 1,380,000 people came into the library buildings and over 133,000 books were reserved by staff and students.

How to order journals

To request the Library to subscribe to a new journal title, academic staff should talk to their subject librarian. Details such as the title of the journal, frequency of publication, ISSN, format (print and/or electronic) and annual subscription price, if known, will need to be provided. The Library will need to know if you wish the subscription to start with a current issue or with a back issue and why the new journal is important, how it will benefit you and your students, or how it fills a gap in the existing literature. Please note that journal subscriptions are only reviewed once a year and requests should be placed well in advance, usually by March, for subscriptions beginning the following January.