Unfortunately, not every print book in our collections is available as an e-book.
So what can you do to source a digital copy of an essential book, when the library print collections are not accessible, e.g. due to Lockdown rules?
Firstly, double check on DiscoverEd for the title you need. You can filter your search results by “online resource” to double check in case there is an ebook there. For more guidance on how to do this, check out the recording of our session ‘How to find online library resources for your studies using DiscoverEd‘.
Then consider whether the Scan & Deliver service could be useful, if you just need one chapter of a print book or 1 journal article.
Consider using the Inter Library Loan service to get digitised journal articles or book chapters.
You can also use the student Request a Book (RAB) service to ask the library to purchase an ebook or another copy of a print book.
You could also try the various online archives of (sometimes ‘out of print’) books. Here is a list, in no particular order:
5: Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)
8: Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
If you need a complete book, consider whether you can purchase a cheap second hand copy yourself, eg using an ethical online bookshop such as wordery https://wordery.com/ or bookshop.org https://uk.bookshop.org/
For more information about open access educational resources and advice, take a look at the University of Edinburgh Open.Ed resource.
You could also explore the digital collections of the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.
If you are feeling very stuck about what to do, please do contact your Academic Support Librarian for help, advice and support.
Jane Furness, Academic Support Librarian
Useful article, thank you.
Oxfam have a selection of books on their website.
This article from moral fibres has some suggestions too –
– although it can be tricky to find specific academic texts outside of amazon