The electronic books or e-books provided by the College are electronic versions of printed books which can be read in full text via the Internet. The College has access to the content of over 8000 e-books. The majority of e-books are available on three main platforms or websites – Dawsonera, Ebook Central and Safari.
The easiest way to find if a particular title is available as an e-book is to search the Library Catalogue just as you would for printed books. You can search for an author, title or keyword.
You may be asked for your college username and password to view the e-book.
The titles on Dawsonera have been selected by Academic Liaison Librarians to support subjects taught at the College. You can browse and search for titles on the Dawsonera platform or search for a title via the Library Catalogue.
You can read the e-book online on your device. You can also download the e-book to your device. You will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on your device to download an e-book from Dawsonera. For more information please click on Help when you have logged on to Dawsonera. You can download e-books to your device for up to 3 days. You will lose access after this time but you can always go back and download the book again.
A small number of the e-books on Dawsonera have resticted access. This means that we have a licence for only a couple of people to read the e-book at the same time. If the title you are using has reached its limit then you will be given the option to add yourself to a queue. This reserves the e-book and you will receive an email when the book becomes available.
You will be asked for your college username and password to view the e-books on Dawsonera.
You can find the latest service updates for Dawsonera on Twitter by following @DawsonEra
The titles on Ebook Central have been selected by Academic Liaison Librarians to support subjects taught at the College. You can browse and search for titles on the Ebook Central platform or search for a title via the Library Catalogue.You can download the e-books to your computer or other mobile devices and e-readers (but not the Kindle). Only download the e-book if you would like to read it offline on a personal computer or device. You will need to install Adobe Digital Editions on the computer or device you are using to read the e-book. You will also need the Bluefire e-reader app if you want to read the downloaded e-book on an iPhone, iPad or Android mobile device. Ebook Central provides links to the software you need when you begin the download process. More information is available from the Help button on the Ebook Central website.
This collection of over 370 e-books has been selected by FE Colleges for FE students. You can browse and search for titles on the ProQuest Ebook Central platform or search for a title via the Library Catalogue.
The O'Reilly Safari Learning Platform (formerly Safari Technical Books Online) gives you access to a variety of formats including live online training courses, interactive tutorials, e-books, videos, and case studies. Subjects covered include: software development, programming languages, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, data science, team management & leadership, and business.
The titles on VLeBooks have been selected by Academic Liaison Librarians to support subjects taught at the College. You can browse and search for titles on the VLeBooks platform or search for a title via the Library Catalogue.
E-books for Reference
The Encyclopedia Britannica online.
Gale Virtual Reference Library is a collection encyclopaedias and specialised reference materials covering a wide range of subject and curriculum areas including Arts and Humanities, Child Care studies, Fashion, Business and Finance, Tourism and much more.
Up-to-date information on contemporary social issues taken from a wide range of sources including newspaper archives, articles, key facts, government statistics, and key organisations.
E-book collections (freely available)
Access more than 2000 searchable full-text classics including Shakespeare, Dickens, Jane Austen and the Bronte’s. The website also includes study guides.
Over 33,000 freely available e-books which can be downloaded to e-book readers.