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Ebooks Guide


A guide on how to find and use the Ebook collections at the University of York


We subscribe to individual electronic books and also to several collections which are only available to University of York staff and students. 

The collections can be found in the E-resources Guide which lists our e-resources alphabetically by title and by subject. You can access a resource by clicking on the title; you may then need to login with your York IT Services username and password.

All individual electronic books are listed on YorSearch with direct links to the full text.  For some titles you will see we also have the print version.


Use YorSearch to find individual ebooks, ejournals, articles, DVDs, CDs and more.  Start your search here:



Please note that in many cases only one person at a time can look at a particular electronic book.  If you can't access the book, please try again later or add yourself to the queue when prompted.  You will then be sent an email when the book is available.

How do I look at ebook content?

Many ebooks use the common HTML and PDF formats, but some, such as Ebrary, may require a reader to be installed on your PC for full functionality.

HTML Format - these can be viewed via your web browser.

PDF format - you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader software.  This is available on all University network PCs, including classrooms and will open up automatically when you need to use it.  For all other machines, e.g. your home PC, Macs and Unix workstations, you can download the software free from the Adobe website.

For downloading some ebooks, you may need Adobe Digital Editions, also free online.

For more information on specific types of ebooks, click on the tabs at the top of this page.

Printing and copying

Copyright legislation restrictions

Remember that copyright legislation applies when you print from an ebook.  The "fair dealing" provision in copyright law permits individuals engaged in research or private study to download a chapter of a book or 5% of a book, whichever is the greater.

It is your responsibility to ensure you are not breaking copyright law.

For more information please see our Copyright Guidance Notes.

Publisher licence restrictions

Ebooks are also subject to licence agreements with the publishers who produce them.  The conditions of licences with individual publishers and information providers vary, but they often prohibit downloading a substantial part, or the entire contents, of publications.

Help and Support

If you need help or advice accessing or using our e-resources then please:

Contact Us

If you are having problems please remember to include details of the resource you are trying to access, the route you have taken and any error message you have received.

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