The Library aims to have both eBook and print versions of books as we know both formats are important especially when studying away from the University. Unfortunately publishers do not always offer an eBook in a format suitable for library use, or it is not available at the time we order the print version.
How to find eBooks
How you can use an eBook depends on terms and conditions set by the publisher. In most cases you will be able to choose between reading online and downloading the eBook for a limited period to your own device. When downloaded eBooks expire you can download them again.
Most eBooks can be read by more than one reader at a time but sometimes you may have to wait if another reader is using the book.You can search within individual eBooks, add notes and print or copy a limited number of pages from most eBooks.
If you need further help please take a look at the Library Help guide: eBooks section or get in contact. You can find a link to the Library Help guide below.
Recent electronic additions to the library collection - updated June 2023.
When you look up a book in Library Search that we have as a physical book, the entry will say whether the book can be found at Collegiate or Adsetts Library. Most of the physical books in the library collection that are related to nursing and midwifery can be found at Collegiate Library.
The entry in Library Search also tells you the book’s shelfmark, a number that is used to organise the books according to their topic. The shelfmark number is located on the spine of each book and the books are arranged in numerical order in the library. Books that are next to each other on the shelf will be about similar topics.
Here are some examples of shelfmarks you might encounter:
At Collegiate Library, the signs at the end of each shelf tell you the topics and shelfmark numbers covered by the books on that shelf.
There will normally be 2 or 3 letters after the shelfmark number on Library Search (e.g. ELL). These are usually taken from the author's surname and are used to alphabetically arrange books that have the same shelfmark number.
Recent print (physical) additions to the Collegiate Library collection - updated June 2023
If you need to access a resource that the library doesn't already have in its collection, then you can use our Document Supply Service. You can use the library's Document Supply Service to request journal articles, books, book chapters, or other resources not available at Sheffield Hallam. The Document Supply Service will then apply to borrow these resources from other libraries, both from within the UK and from around the world.
More information about how to use this service can be found at the following link: Document Supply Service
If there is a book or other resource that you think would be a good addition to the library collection, you can submit a Suggest a Purchase form. Library staff will review your request and let you know whether we are able to purchase it.