VLeBooks is the Online Library's principal e-book database, and contains a growing collection of e-books including a number of core textbooks.

Click here to log into VLeBooks

Dawsons was our principal e-book collection until July 2020. If you are looking for a book in Dawsons, you will now find it in VLeBooks. For further information see the VLeBooks database page.


E-Book Central (ProQuest)

The Online Library also provides access to a growing collection of e-books in E-Book Central. You can login from the E-Book Central database page.


E-Books in a Nutshell

E-Books in a Nutshell Guide (PDF) - A guide to the e-books available in our multi-disciplinary databases. 

Law eBooks in a Nutshell Guide (PDF) - A guide to the law e-books available in the Online Library databases.


Downloading E-books

You need to use Adobe Digital Editions to read an e-book in VLeBooks or E-Book Central that you have downloaded. The How can I download e-books? page explains further.


Waiting to access e-books

For some e-books, you will be asked to wait before you can read it. The Why do I sometimes need to wait to access an e-book? FAQ has details.


Printing from e-books

On the e-book's page in VLeBooks or E-Book Central, click the 'Read Online' button. Then click on the printer symbol at the top of the page.

You will notice that there is a limit on how many pages you can print. This is a restriction imposed by the publishers of the book. But you can print the pages you have chosen as many times as necessary.


Free e-books

Here are some websites which host open access e-books we can recommend:

Internet Archive (eBooks and Texts) - This project aims to provide free, universal access to all knowledge. It currently contains 44 million books and texts

Directory of Open Access Books - This community-driven discovery service indexes and provides access to over 82,000 scholarly, peer-reviewed open access books

Project Gutenberg - A library of over 70,000 free e-books, including the world's greatest literature, with a focus on older works

Getty Publications Virtual Library - Getty is a leading global arts organization committed to exhibiting, conserving, and understanding the world’s artistic and cultural heritage