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Ebooks: Home

Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and staff using or likely to use ebooks in the course of their studies and research.

Use this guide to find out about ebooks and related information at the University of Oxford.

Finding ebooks

Oxford has a wide range of ebooks which can be found and accessed via SOLO. For more detailed info about our book collections visit the Finding ebooks page of this guide.

Using ebooks

Using ebooks can be a little daunting, with different websites and functionality. For detailed instructions on how to use different kinds of ebooks, and FAQs for different platforms, take a look at the Using ebooks page of this guide.

Citing ebooks

Ebooks don't always have page numbers (or these may not correspond to the same pages as a print copy), and many ebook websites provide sample citations. For help with this, try the Citing ebooks page of this guide.

COVID-19 updates

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Oxford has increased its ebook provision, both buy purchasing new ebooks and taking advantage of temporary free access from publishers. Details of the most exciting new subscriptions, trials, and free access are on the COVID-19 updates page of this guide.


Access to the HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS) for Oxford University members has ended, though access to the HathiTrust Digital Library's collection of open access full-text ebooks and ejournals remain. For more information, including a guide to using HathiTrust ebooks, see the HathiTrust page.

Why isn't there an ebook?

Although the Bodleian Libraries try to buy the ebooks that you request as often as we can, sometimes this isn't possible for a variety of reasons. The Why isn't there an ebook? page of this guide sets out the main reasons why this might happen and tries to answer common questions regarding purchasing ebooks for libraries.

Why use ebooks?

There are a number of benefits to using ebooks:

  • With remote access, ebooks are there when you need them; not just in library opening hours.
  • Full text searching helps save you time when looking for relevant sections, passages and quotes.
  • Multiple ebooks are easier to carry around when they are stored on your laptop, tablet, ereader, or phone.