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:
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.
Please try the following:
You should be able to view most of our eBooks on mobile devices such as iPad, iPhone and Android tablet. However, these devices will not allow you to download our eBooks to read offline.
Although most of our eBooks are delivered as PDFs, some are also available in the ePub format. This allows you to resize the font to make viewing easier on the smaller screens of mobile devices.
Most of our eBooks cannot be transferred or read on a Kindle because of the digital rights software associated with them by the publisher.
You can transfer some PDF documents to Kindles (but not the PDF files our eBooks are in)
Kindles are a personal device and items need to be purchased with an individual Amazon account.
We buy our eBooks from different suppliers for multiple use
Sony eBook Reader
Our eBooks are not currently compatible with the Sony eBook Readers.
If you cannot find and access the item you need using Library Search, please make a request using this form and we will do our best to provide you with electronic access or suggest alternative resources within one working day. We can provide access to electronic books, book chapters, journal articles or media such as film and TV recordings.
You are often able to print or copy pages from an eBook, but the number of pages you will be able to print or copy will be limited by the publisher using DRM (Digital Rights Management). Once these limits are reached, the publisher will not allow you to print or copy any further text. You can find out more in the publisher sections on this page.
When accessing eBooks, either on or off campus, you may be taken via a page that asks if you are from Sheffield Hallam University and requires you to enter your SHU network username and password.If you see a login screen that does not display a SHU logo, you will need to click on the Alternative login link and search or browse for Sheffield Hallam University.
Some of our eBooks are available with a single user licence, which only allows one user at a time to access the title. If the book is open but has been inactive for 15 minutes, then the user's session is closed. This will then allow another student to access the book. If the book is being read and pages turned regularly, this should not happen. If it does, we suggest you
Google Chrome browser has a built-in PDF viewer that can sometimes cause problems with viewing eBooks. If you get an error message, it's worth disabling Chrome's PDF viewer to see whether that helps.
Get in contact with the Library and we can check that your chosen eBook can be read by several students at once. If the eBook license is too restrictive you might find that not all of the group can read the book or complete the reading activities.
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.
When are logged into Ebook Library a green book icon displays SHU subscribed content.
All you need is your PC, laptop or hand held device and the free reader software. EBL provides a special PDF-based encrypted online reader that is automatically downloaded to your browser when you first choose to read a book online.
Yes, but because of copyright restrictions, there are limits to how much of the book you can print or copy. You may print up to 20% of a book. You may only copy or paste up to 5%.
Yes - but not on a university PC. Downloads require the installation of Adobe Digital Editions software and this is not permitted. Always choose the Read Online option.
In order to read secure eBooks that you have downloaded from EBL, you need to activate your Adobe Reader software prior to downloading the book. The process of activating identifies you as having the right to use the eBook, and is a security measure to protect the copyright of the eBook.
In most cases, yes. This does depend on which operating system your hand held device is running however. eBooks for Adobe Reader are only compatible with Palm OS Hand Held devices..
You cannot download to a university PC. Also, if you are working on a computer that is shared by others, you should always choose to read eBooks online. If you download an eBook to a shared machine you will not necessarily be able to access it again, even during the loan period. You may also be unable to download the same eBook to another machine.
For these reasons, you should always select to browse or borrow the book online when working on a machine that you do not have permanent access to.
The eBook file will remain on your computer or hand held device after the loan period has expired. However, you will not be able to access it unless you renew the loan through EBL.
Once you have renewed the loan, you will be able to download the access key alone, without having to download the entire eBook. You can then access the book through 'My Bookshelf' in Adobe Reader.
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).
You are only able to access SHU's eContent collection and publically accessible eBooks
No. You can read the book in your browser.
If you are viewing PDF-formatted e-books, you might need to install the Adobe Reader plug-in.
You can print or copy several pages from each section. Click the print button on the right, you will be asked how many pages you want to print. You will be asked to save the pages as a pdf which you will then be able to print out. Up to 60 pages of a title can be printed per user.
Note: The number of pages may vary depending on individual publisher-specified limits.
You can view a book for an hour at a time.
Only one person may view the full text of a ebscohost book at once they can check it out for an hour. Users can check out 2 books at any one time. You can set up an ebscohost account which allows you to be informed when the book is available.
No. Ebsco eBooks may only be viewed online, small sections can be downloaded.
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.
You will need Adobe Reader, which you can download.
Yes, you can download one, selected, or all chapters from an eBook.
From the book homepage, download any chapter by clicking on the PDF icon underneath the chapter title.
Download PDFs for selected chapters by using the check-boxes in the left margin and the “Download PDFs” link above the table of contents.
Download all chapters in the book by clicking “Download PDFs” without selecting any chapter checkboxes.
When downloading multiple chapters, follow the instructions in the pop-up box to download a .zip file containing the PDFs for each chapter.
Yes, you can print chapters
Yes, you can download any HTML article or book chapter in Mobi (Kindle) or ePub format. ScienceDirect provides full-text for all content, but in some cases no HTML version is available and the full-text document must be downloaded as a PDF file. These PDF-only items are not available in Mobi or ePub format.
To download a full-text article in an eReader format:
1. On the article or book chapter page, select the Export arrow. The pop-up window displays.
2. Under Full Text, select an eReader format.
◦ Select Mobipocket if you are using an Amazon Kindle™ device or the Kindle eReader™ app on a computer or mobile device, such as an iPad® or Android™ tablet.
◦ Select EPUB for any other eReader devices and eReader apps, including iBooks® and Google Play™.
If you have trouble accessing the file on your eReader device or app, please see the manufacturer's documentation. Most eReader devices will allow you to import files though it may be necessary to connect your device to a computer.
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.
To download a book from VLeBooks.com, click the download button from the search results. On the pop-up, choose how long you need to loan the book for and click download. Wait a few moments for your link to appear and click, ‘Click here to Download’ to download the book to your device.
To download eBooks to your PC or Laptop you will need to install Adobe Digital Editions. This application allows you to read eBooks protected by Adobe DRM.
Yes, you can read online using the built in VLeBooks Reader software. The VLeBooks Reader includes additional functionality including advanced navigation, bookmarking, search and dictionary options, note taking facility and exporting citations to RefWorks.
Some VLeBooks can only be used by a limited numberof users at one time (concurrent users), for example 1 or 3. So if the e-book is currently being used by the maximum number of concurrent users, using either 'Read Online' or 'Download', you will be asked if you would like to reserve it.
Enter your email address, and click 'Reserve'.
When the e-book becomes available for you to read (either online or download) you will receive an email to let you know the item has been added to your My Reservations bookshelf. You have 2 hours from the time you receive the email to access the e-book, otherwise it will be given to the next person in the queue, or set back to general access for everyone.
Log in to VLeBooks, and access your bookshelf on the top menu - you will now have the option to access the e-book under ‘Bookshelf: My Reservations’.