This guide provides information on how to access the e-book collection here at City, University of London.
For further details please see the provider specific pages and CityLibrary Search.
If you are experiencing problems accessing an e-book, contact us.
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The majority of our e-books will allow multiple concurrent users, however we do have some content where usage is limited to just one user.
Any restrictions to the number of concurrent users is imposed and enforced by the publisher and not the library.
Yes - many of our e-books can be downloaded to your PC, mobile device or e-reader.
Not all of our e-book providers are able to offer downloads, please check the provider specific tabs on the left of this page for further information.
E-books can be accessed by current staff and students of City, University of London.
Unfortunately alumni and sconul members are not permitted to use our e-books. This is due to licensing restrictions imposed by e-book providers.
We aim to purchase e-book platforms and publisher content which are accessible to all students. Included in this guide is information for each platform including links to accessibility standards or guidance followed, format availability, download restrictions and native accessibility tools included in platforms where available.
A summary of the accessibility features and characteristics of the available formats:
eBooks in HTML format for reading online. HTML text is usually accessible to text-to-speech and screen reading software. It can usually be copied and pasted, increasing usability. The option to read eBooks online without having to download them makes it quicker and more straightforward to access them and to browse through the content of different titles. It is also useful for people who cannot open downloaded files on their device.
eBooks as PDF documents for reading online. eBooks formatted as PDF files can be similar in appearance and layout to a print book, which some people prefer over reading HTML text. The option to read eBooks online without having to download them makes it quicker and more straightforward to access them and to browse through the content of different titles. It is also useful for people who cannot open downloaded files on their device.
eBooks as downloadable PDF files. Downloadable PDF files which have been structured for accessibility can be navigated by screen reading software, meaning they are accessible to blind and low vision users. They also allow the user to benefit from inbuilt accessibility features in PDF reader software such as Adobe Reader. These include:
Find out more about PDF accessibility and making adjustments in Adobe Reader.
eBooks in EPUB3 format. A benefit of EPUB3 is the ability to present the final text in a range of ways that can be adapted to suit the user. EPUBs are created with accessibility in mind and to standards. See Text-to-speech reading support for compatible reading tools.
Thank you to the Ebook Audit 2016 for allowing us to reproduce this list.