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eBooks overview

About eBooks

An eBook is an electronic version of a book you can read on your computer or mobile device.
The Library has an electronic preference policy which means we will purchase both electronic and print versions of books where possible. There are some instances where an eBook version of a book will not be available (see Common Questions for more details). The Library currently provides access to more than 1 million eBooks, including textbooks, reference works and research monographs. The Library purchases eBooks from a number of different providers (see eBook platforms and suppliers for more details)

How can I find an eBook?

  • You can search for individual eBooks using the Library catalogue SUPrimo Search by title, author or keyword. eBooks are easily identifiable by their title or the Online access link
  • eBook SUPrimo record

    You can refine your search results in SUPrimo to only show online content

    eBook SUPrimo Filter


  • If there is a Reading List for your course on Myplace, you may find links to eBooks there. Click on the title and follow the Links to access
  • eBook Leganto




    How do I access and view the content of eBooks?

    Most eBooks are subscription based, so once you follow the links from SUPrimo or your Reading List, you will need to login with your University of Strathclyde DS username and password to view the full content.  

    Most eBooks give you full-text access online, but restrict the amount you can print or download in accordance with UK copyright.  

    Different eBook platforms and providers have different access models (e.g. you may be placed in a queue if the number of concurrent users has reached our subscription limit)

    A small number of eBooks are published as Open Access, meaning they are freely available to view online. 

    See Common Questions for more details on access restrictions and eBook platforms and suppliers for additional information on individual eBook platforms.


    eBooks and Online exams


    If you have any issues accessing an eBook you can use Report a problem.

    If you are still experiencing a problem accessing the eBook title, please email or phone 0141 548 4444.

    When emailing or calling, it would be helpful if you could also indicate:

    • what browser you are using
    • what device you are using
    • which operating system you have installed 
    • and include a screenshot.