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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

Through the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford has access to a wide range of ebooks, which can be found via SOLO. For more detailed information about identifying and finding ebooks visit the Finding ebooks page of this guide.

Accessing ebooks

Access to Bodleian Libraries ebooks varies according the type of ebook, its licence, and the library membership of the user. More information is given on the Accessing ebooks page.

Using ebooks

Using ebooks can be a little daunting, with different websites and functionality. For detailed instructions on how to download ebooks on different platforms and access them on different devices, 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 physical copy), and many ebook websites provide different sample citations for the same citation style. For help creating citations for ebooks, try the Citing ebooks page of this guide.

Temporary access ebooks

Not all of the ebooks listed in SOLO are available in perpetuity, some feature as part of trials, initiatives or subscriptions that may end after a time. Take a look at the Temporary access ebooks page of this guide for more information.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

A list of answers to common questions, compiled so that you can get the help you need quickly. The FAQs page also provides guidance on where ebook users can turn for help.

Support contacts

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