The University of Westminster has a wide range of books available as e-books. Our e-books are provided by a variety of suppliers, and each e-book supplier uses a different platform. This guide provides an overview of e-books at the University of Westminster, with answers to frequently asked questions. This guide also offers specific help and support for our main e-book platforms.
What are e-books?
E-books are electronic versions of books. You can read them online or download them to your preferred device to read anywhere at any time.
What e-books does the library have access to?
The library buys books in electronic format wherever possible. We have 1000s of e-books covering many different subject areas. A selection of e-books should be available for most subjects and many reading list items will be available as an e-book.
E-books are easy to read online using a computer or a mobile device.
Many e-books include the option of searching for keywords or phrases within the book, and some have enhanced features such as animations, video and audio supplements, hyperlinks and in-built dictionaries.
Do I need special software?
Most e-books display as PDF files using Adobe. To read an e-book online, usually all you need is:
Some e-books have their own inbuilt reader which displays content similar to PDFs, however some e-book publishers require you to download additional software such as Adobe Digital Editions to save or download an e-book.
All the e-books that we have access to can be found via Library Search.
To see what's available, simply:
Yes, you can access our e-books on and off-campus using your University username and password.
Find the book you want in Library Search, follow the online access link.