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Ebook Central provides access to a multidisciplinary collection of e-books from leading publishers.

E-book access problems

If you are experiencing problems accessing an e-book please let us know.

Provide details such as:

  • title
  • platform ISBN
  • browser you are using
  • screenshots of any error message you receive.

Are there any viewing restrictions?

Ebook Central clearly displays the number of users who can access an e-book concurrently.

  • When access is limited to one user or three concurrent users this will be clearly displayed, for example;

Please Note: If the maximum number of concurrent users accessing an e-book has been reached you will be unable to read the e-book and will need to try again later.

  • E-books that allow unlimited concurrent usage will be clearly displayed too, for example,


How many pages can I copy/print?

  • Printing is restricted to 40% of the total pages of the e-book
  • Copying is restricted to 20% of the total pages of the e-book

Publishers may choose to reduce these limits and full copyright law still applies.

Ebook Central displays your remaining copy and print allowances for each title when you are signed in. 

Please Note:

  • Your printing and copying allowance does not re-set each time you login
  • If you copy one line of text, it will be counted as one page

Can I download Ebook Central e-books?

You cannot download an entire copy of an Ebook Central e-book. 

You can download individual pages and chapters.  The number of pages you can download shares the same allowance as your printing allowance and is clearly displayed;



Accessibility features

The Read Online platform includes the following tools:

  • Copy text
  • Highlight in 3 different colours
  • Add notes
  • Add bookmarks
  • 3 levels of text magnification

You can download chapters or pages as PDF files.

Using a screen reader

When you are using a recognized screen reader such as JAWS, VoiceOver or NVDA you can turn on Accessibility Mode, pages of books are then presented as text rather than images, and other functions such as searching for a book or within the book are optimized for the screen.

More information can be found at Ebook Central's guide.

This short video demonstrates how Accessibility Mode works.

Further help with Ebook Central

View this helpful Ebook Central Guide for further information on using this platform.