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E-Books@UCL

UCL Library Services provides you with access to 1000s of electronic books (e-books) which you can access both on- and off-site.

Quick answers to the most frequently asked questions about finding, accessing and using e-books can be found below. Our e-book website overview summarises information about each e-book website we use and you'll find more detailed information in our e-book guides. If you have any questions about e-books or problems using them then please contact us.

Finding and accessing e-books

How do I find and access e-books?

To find e-books that UCL has access to:

  1. Go to Explore and run your search in All resources
  2. From the Refine My Results list on the left of your screen, select Online resources and then Books
  3. Use the View Online or SFX@UCL links to access the content If you are off-site you will be prompted to login on the UCL single sign-on screen before being taken to the e-book.

You can also find a list of all the e-book websites we use on Metalib. Please read the descriptions carefully though as we do not have access to all the content on these websites.

I linked to an e-book via the SFX@UCL menu but the website won't give me access - what should I do?

Please contact us using the e-resources problem report form on the right of this webpage and we will investigate and hopefully resolve the problem!

How many people can read an e-book at the same time?

For the majority of e-books purchased by UCL Library Services there is no limit on the number of people that can read them at the same time (unlimited simultaneous users). However, due to publisher restrictions, some of our e-books do restrict the number of simultaneous users and some may even only allow one reader at a time. See the simultaneous user column in our e-book website overview for more detail.

Why am I getting a 'session unavailable' message when I try to access an e-book?

Some e-books and e-book websites only allow access to a certain number of UCL members at the same time. The Safari Books Online website can only used by 8 people at the same time. If 8 people are already accessing the site, you will see a "session unavailable" message.

Once someone leaves the site, a session will become available and you will be able to log in so please try again later. To keep waiting times down, when you have finished using the site please click on "University College London" in the blue bar under the search box and then click "sign out and clear session".

Why am I getting a 'this e-book is in use' message when I try to access an e-book?

Some e-books and e-book websites only allow access to a certain number of UCL members at the same time.

Some of the e-books we have access to through EBSCOhost can only be accessed by 1 person at a time. If someone is already reading the e-book, you will see the message “Sorry, this Ebook is in use”. Once that person exits the e-book, you will be able to read it so please try again later.

To keep waiting times down, make sure you close your browser window once you have finished reading the e-book.If you are repeatedly unable to access the e-books you want because of these messages, please let your Subject Librarian know.

I'm only seeing the option "Add to queue" - what does this mean?

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Some of the e-books on the Dawsonera website only allow access to a limited number of UCL users at the same time.

Dawsonera add to queue button

If you only see the Add to queue button rather than the usual read online and download options, the e-book you are trying to access is already being read by the maximum number of users allowed. You will need to wait until one of those users finishes reading the e-book - you can either check back later or click the Add to queue button to receive an e-mail notification when the e-book is available.

When you click Add to queue, a box will appear asking you to log in. You will usually need to do this even if you already logged in to access the e-book. Click on Login here under Shibboleth login.

Shibboleth login icon

On the next screen, select UCL using the drop-down menu and click Proceed.

You will be taken back to the homepage of the Dawsonera site. If you accessed Dawsonera via the SFX@UCL menu and still have it open, click GO again, otherwise search for the e-book you want on the dawsonera site. Click on the Add to queue button again and you will be asked to enter an e-mail address for the notification to be sent to.

When the e-book is available you will receive a email notification containing a link to the e-book. If you are accessing the e-book off-site and are not connected through Desktop@UCL Anywhere or Staff WTS then please add the following prefix to the link:

https://www.dawsonera.com/guard/protected/dawson.jsp?name=https://shib-idp.ucl.ac.uk/shibboleth&dest=

So, for example, if the link in the email is

https://www.dawsonera.com/readonline/9781107253315

you should enter

https://www.dawsonera.com/guard/protected/dawson.jsp?name=https://shib-idp.ucl.ac.uk/shibboleth&dest=https://www.dawsonera.com/readonline/9781107253315

in your address bar.

In an effort to ensure as many people as possible can read these titles, read online sessions and downloaded copies of the e-book will expire after 3 hours (or after 15 minutes inactivity for read online sessions). If there is no one waiting in the queue when your session expires, you can simply start reading again.

Copying & pasting and printing

Can I print and / or copy & paste content from e-books?

Most of the e-books available through UCL Library Services allow you to print and / or copy & paste content.

Some e-books are protected by DRM which automatically limits the amount you can print and / or copy & paste. For e-books which are not protected by DRM measures, you must keep within the limits set down by copyright law and our licence agreements. As a general rule, you can copy & paste or print up to one chapter or 5% of an e-book, whichever is greater. You must not print multiple copies of the same chapter.

See our e-book website overview and our detailed e-book guides to find out more about printing and copying & pasting.



How do I print or copy & paste from a Dawsonera e-book?

Dawsonera read online icon

Click the read online icon from the title homepage. You need to be in this view to print or copy - you cannot print or copy from a downloaded Dawsonera e-book.

Dawsonera copy and print buttons

On the right of the screen above the reading pane you will see copy and print buttons. Click on the one you want.

A box will appear asking you to login. You will usually need to do this even if you already logged in to access the e-book. Click on Login here under Shibboleth login.

Shibboleth login icon

On the next screen, select UCL using the drop-down menu and click Proceed.

You will be taken back to the homepage of the Dawsonera site. If you accessed Dawsonera via the SFX@UCL menu and still have it open, click GO again, otherwise search for the e-book you want on the dawsonera site.

Dawsonera copy and print buttons after logging in

Now when you go to Read Online you will see that the copy and print buttons have green rectangles next to them. Hover over them to see how many pages you can copy and print.

Click on copy or print and you will be told that the page is enabled for copying or printing.

Be aware that the limits on printing and copying are per user for the lifetime of each e-book. You will not be able to print from the same e-book again once your limit for that e-book has been used.

I can only print one page at a time from Dawsonera and Safari Books Online - what am I doing wrong?

You're not doing anything wrong - this is the way printing works on Dawsonera and Safari Books Online.

Although you can print several pages from each e-book on Dawsonera (you will be told how many when you click the print button), you have to print them one at a time by clicking the print button on each page you want to print.

Similarly on Safari Books Online, you can only print the page you are actually viewing so you will need to click the print button on each page you want to print. Remember that you are only permitted to print 5% or one chapter, whichever is greater.

Downloading

Can I download content from e-books to my computer?

Content from many of our e-books can be easily downloaded to your computer. For some e-books, the download may only be available to you for a fixed amount of time and you may require additional software in order to download content. Below are some key points to note but please see our e-book website overview and detailed e-book guides for full information and help.

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  • Most e-books on the Dawsonera website can be downloaded for up to 3 days but e-books with limited simultaneous users can only be downloaded for 3 hours - you will see this information when you try to download. After this you will no longer be able to open the file on your computer but you can download the e-book again as often as you like.
  • You cannot print or copy & paste from an e-book downloaded from Dawsonera
  • In order to open downloaded e-books on a Mac you must use Adobe Reader - you cannot use Preview.

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  • Most e-books on the EBL website can be downloaded for up to 4 days but e-books limited to 3 simultaneous users can only be downloaded for 1 day - you will see the options available when you try to download.
  • In an effort to reduce waiting times for e-books with limited simultaneous users, only 2 out of the maximum 3 users can download the e-book, leaving the third "copy" available to read online.
  • You must have the freely-available Adobe Digital Editions installed on your machine in order to download.

    • You should also create an Adobe ID so that you can view the downloaded e-book on multiple devices (up to 6) - see more information on the Adobe website.
    • Although Adobe Digital Editions is available through Desktop@UCL, it is recommended that you only download to your own devices as there is a limit to the number of devices you can associate with your Adobe ID and e-books downloaded without an Adobe ID will only be available on the machine on which they were downloaded.

T and F logo
  • Some e-books on the Taylor and Francis website have DRM restrictions in place and can only be downloaded if you have installed the freely-available FileOpen plugin for Adobe Reader. You cannot install this software if you are accessing via Desktop@UCL, Desktop@UCL Anywhere or staff WTS.
  • Downloaded DRM-protected e-books expire after 12 hours but you can download the e-book again as often as you like.
  • You cannot print or copy & paste from downloaded DRM-protected e-books.

E-book content cannot currently be downloaded from the following websites:

EBSCO

eNeurosurgery

MedicinesComplete

Safari Books Online

Can I download content from e-books to my tablet or phone?

Content from many of our e-books can be easily downloaded to any device which supports the viewing of PDFs.

For some e-books, the download may only be available to you for a fixed amount of time and you may need additional apps to download content.

Below are some key points to note but please see our e-book website overview and detailed e-book guides for full information and help.

Dawsonera icon
  • To download e-books from Dawsonera to iOS and Android devices, you will need an Adobe ID and the free Adobe Reader and Bluefire Reader apps - see further details about downloading from Dawsonera
  • Most Dawsonera e-books can be downloaded for up to 3 days but some can only be downloaded for 3 hours - you will see this information when you try to download. After the download expires you will no longer be able to open the file but you can download the e-book again as often as you like.
  • You cannot print or copy & paste from an e-book downloaded from Dawsonera

EBL-logo
  • To download e-books from EBL to iOS and Android devices, you will need an Adobe ID and the free Bluefire Reader app
  • Most e-books on the EBL website can be downloaded for up to 4 days but some can only be downloaded for 1 day - you will see the options available when you try to download.
  • In an effort to reduce waiting times for e-books with limited simultaneous users, only 2 out of the maximum 3 users can download the e-book, leaving the third "copy" available to read online.

T and F logo
  • Those e-books on the Taylor and Francis website with DRM restrictions in place can only be downloaded with the free FileOpen app and only to iOS devices - the Android version of the app does not support PDF files. Read more on identifying DRM-restricted Taylor and Francis titles
  • Downloaded DRM-protected e-books expire after 12 hours but you can download the e-book again as often as you like.
  • You cannot print or copy & paste from downloaded DRM-protected e-books.

E-book content cannot currently be downloaded from the following websites:

EBSCO

eNeurosurgery

MedicinesComplete

Safari Books Online

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