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An overview on finding and using our eBooks.
Last Updated: Apr 6, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Why eBooks?

Benefits of using eBooks include:

  • 24/7 access to eBooks is available for university students and staff
  • full text keyword searching (on some platforms)
  • ability to manipulate text providing personalised annotation, adjusting font size etc.
  • may contain useful extra information in the form of links, video content etc.





Reading eBooks in the Library

There are many different providers of eBooks with different functionality & restrictions. All our eBooks may be read on screen in the Library and Access Labs. Most will allow you to download, print or save a certain amount of text. 

Some eBook platforms and publishers allow only a single chapter at a time, or even a very limited number of pages.

The platforms which use Adobe Digital Editions for digital rights management are most likely to impose such restrictions, which are applied even if you have installed Adobe Digital Editions. ADE is not available on the computers in the Libraries or Access Labs.

See the Adobe Digital Editions tab for more information


New eBooks

New eBooks are being added to our collection daily. Here are a few of the latest.

Click View Feed below to see the 500 eBooks most recently added to our catalogue. (Chrome requires an RSS feed extension) Updated nightly.

Go to the Finding eBooks tab to find out how to search specifically for eBooks or search their full text.

First five eBooks added yesterday:

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Restricted eResources - not available to walk-in library users

The following eResources are only accessible by staff and currently enrolled students, for licencing and security reasons. This applies both off- and on-campus.
This means that alumni, community borrowers, ULANZ and Secondary School members, and walk-in users with a guest login to access Library eresources are unfortunately not able to use :

  • eBooks from EBL, ebrary, CABe eBooks, EurekaSelect, and Palgrave Connect.
    (NB. the link text to eBooks in our catalogue will normally tell you on which platform the eBook is available)
  • British Pharmacopeia
  • Janes Online
  • Scifinder
  • Westlaw AU
  • Westlaw China
  • Westlaw International

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