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Library Guides

E-books: VLeBooks

Finding e-books

You can access VLeBooks directly or via your module reading list or Library Search.

You will then need to sign in with your University account through the Shibboleth link.

VLeBooks login screen with the Shibboleth option circled in red

All the e-books that we have access to can be found via Library Search.

To see what's available, simply:

  • log in to Library Search, using your University username and password
  • enter your search terms/subject in the "Books, journals & more" 
  • filter using "Full Text Online" and "Books" on the left-hand side of the results screen
  • click on the title or the online access link to open the e-book you want to read

Printing and Copying from VLeBooks

Copyright applies to e-books too!  

You can print and copy from most e-books on the VLe platform within certain limits set down by copyright law and our license agreements. These are usually between 10 and 20 percent.

Some publishers use DRM (digital rights management) technology to limit the amount you can print and copy. The limits are shown underneath the image of the book on the VLe platform.


Accessibility Guidance

Edit Accessibility Settings

This feature enables you to set your own preferences for reading books on the platform e.g. font and contrast. The options are applied permanently or until you make a change. Access the feature via the ‘Edit Accessibility Settings’ tab under the ‘Home’ area of the platform


Reading Options

You can use the inbuilt reader by choosing ‘Read Online’ to access features such as:

  • Table of contents with direct chapter access
  • Full text searching
  • Dictionary
  • Annotations; bookmarks, highlights and notes
  • Thumbnails
  • Double page read
  • Page rotation
  • Colour palate

Assistive Technology Recommendations

The online reader is compatible with screen readers that provide OCR functionality, such as Read and Write Gold and eBooks downloaded to eReader software such as Adobe Digital Editions can be read by most other software.

JAWS, NVDA, Claro Read

Download the e-book to Adobe Digital Editions to enable this software to perform. This is not compatible with the online reader.

E-books will either be PDF or EPUB3 format

There's further accessibility guidance for e-books on the VLe platform

Reserving books

E-books on VLe have different user access definitions. For e-books with limited access, you may be asked to enter your email address to join a waiting list. You will receive an email when the e-book is ready for you and you will need to access it within three hours of the email being sent, or the reservation will pass to the next person in the queue.


To download e-books from VLe you will need to have Adobe Digital Editions installed on your device. The software is free to download. You may need to create an Adobe ID and any email address and password can be used to do so.

VLe’s download page provides the following guidance:

Most e-books can be downloaded for a set number of days at a time (usually 1 or 3 days). The e-book then 'expires' so it cannot be read after the expiry date, but can be re-downloaded. A small number of e-books are not available for download.

Reading online

To read online you need a web browser

  • Internet Explorer 8 and above
  • Firefox 4 and above
  • Chrome 12 and above
  • Safari 5 and above.

The online reader will timeout after 2 hours of inactive use


You can add books to your VLe Bookshelf for easy access. You can then access your Bookshelf from the top of the page. VLe will automatically save your ten most recently read e-books.

a book on VLe with the 'add to bookshelf' button beneath highlighted

Mobile devices

VLeBooks can also be read on mobile devices. Download the free app from the apps store

vle app icon