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Library Help: eBooks

eBooks Help

Introduction to eBooks

When you are off campus, you may find you need to use eBooks (full-text electronic books) more often to support your learning and teaching. This page is designed to help you make the most of using eBooks and to answer any questions you might have. 

Students and staff have access to the library's collection of eBooks. Log in to library gateway with your SHU username and password to find and access eBooks through Library Search.

All the eBooks we offer can be read on any computer or device connected to the internet. 

Go to the Getting Started with eBooks section on this page for help and information about using eBooks. 

We buy our eBooks from many suppliers that each have their own delivery system which means eBooks from different suppliers can vary in how they look and work. For information and help with eBooks from a specific supplier, click the relevant link below or scroll down the page to find out more:

If you can't find the information you are looking for on this page, please contact us. We're always happy to help. 

Getting started with eBooks

Here is a list of frequently asked questions students and staff have about accessing and using eBooks. For help with a specific eBook from a specific supplier, please see the useful FAQs sections on this page.

If you can't find the information you need, please contact us and we will see what we can do to help.

I get an error message when I try to access the eBook. What can I do?

Can I read an eBook on my mobile device or tablet?

Can I download an eBook to my eBook reader (ie Kindle)?

I can’t find the eBook I need

Can I copy or print an eBook?

I can’t sign in with my SHU username and password

My session was closed and now I can’t access the eBook?

Why is Chrome PDF viewer displaying an error message?

I’d like to use an eBook in my teaching

Ebook Central FAQs

Ebook Library is an eBook catalogue with links to the full text of items purchased by Hallam Library. The eBooks can be read online or downloaded for a specified period. Content is included from a variety of publishers.

How do I find the full text books that SHU has purchased?

Do I need special software or hardware to read e-books online?

Can I print and copy eBooks?

Can I download a book to read offline?

Why do I have to activate my Adobe Reader, and how do I do this?

Can I download eBooks to my hand held device?

Why read online when I can download the eBook?

Once I have downloaded an eBook, will it always be available?


EBSCOhost offers access to over 600 selected professional, scholarly and reference electronic books in a range of subject areas plus a further 3,400 titles that are publicly available (i.e. out of copyright).

How do I find the full text books that SHU has purchased?

Do I have to have any special software or hardware to view eBooks?

Can I print or copy from Ebsco eBooks?

How long can I use an eBook?

How many people can view an eBook at the same time?

Can I download the whole eBook to read offline?

ScienceDirect FAQs

ScienceDirect eBooks are arranged by a table of contents which you can navigate to find the specific chapter you want. Each chapter is a pdf document which you can open by clicking the chapter name or the pdf link.

Do I need any special software to view the eBooks?

Can I download the eBooks to read offline?

Can I print chapters from the eBooks?

Can I download ScienceDirect eBooks onto my eReader?

Askew and Holts VLE

On campus, you will need to choose the 'Read Online' option as it is not possible to download Askew and Holts VLE books on University PCs.

How do I download a VLe eBook?

Do I need any special software?

Can I read eBooks online?

How do I reserve an e-book which is being read by another user on VLeBooks?

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