Edinburgh Napier University Library has a huge collection of ebooks available through LibrarySearch.

The best place to search for ebooks is LibrarySearch. Enter your search terms (e.g. keywords or title) and then filter your results by choosing the ‘Available online’ and ‘Books’ filters from the right side of the page. This will narrow your results to include ebooks only. 


Guides to ebook suppliers

The Library currently has ebooks from eighteen different suppliers. As ebook functionality is not standardised, this varies considerably across the different platforms. It'll be clear which platform you're using once you link to the book. For tips on using each of them, click on the individual supplier or video below.

For more help with ebook access, email library@napier.ac.uk.

 Supplier Help video
Credo Reference  Credo help video
CUP  CUP help video
Ebook Central Ebook Central help video
eBook Collection (was NetLibrary)  Ebook Collection help video
EBooks.com  -
eLibraryPlus (Cambria)  eLibraryPlus help video
Elsevier  Elsevier help video
IGI Global  IGI Global help video
Ovid (Nursing)  Ovid help video
Project Muse  Project Muse help video
Safari (Computing)   Safari help video
Sage Sage help video
Springer (now includes titles previously on the Palgrave platform)  Springer help video
Taylor and Francis     Taylor and Francis help video
Thomas Telford (ICE Virtual Library)  Thomas Telford help video
University Scholarship Online  -
VLebooks  VL ebooks help video
Wiley  -
Wiley IEEE (Engineering)  -



Ebook FAQs

Can I download one of the Library's ebooks to my Kindle or to another ebook reader?

Ebooks which can be downloaded as PDFs can usually be saved to a pc/laptop and then transferred to a Kindle via USB. When opened on a tablet, the PDFs can usually be opened in the Kindle app.
Unfortunately, downloading some  suppliers' ebooks to ebook readers is not possible for other technical or copyright reasons. 

What's the difference between reading online and downloading?

Reading online involves reading directly from the ebook website and requires an internet connection.
Downloading means saving an ebook to a device, such as a laptop, pc, smartphone or ebook reader. An internet connection is not needed to read the title once downloaded.

Please note that some of  the Library's ebook suppliers do not allow ebooks to be downloaded and some others require software or apps to be downloaded. In some cases this means that ebooks cannot be downloaded to University pcs. For more details, please click on the relevant suppliers above.  

Can I read the Library's ebooks on my mobile/smartphone?

This is dependent on the ebook supplier. Some don't have dedicated mobile sites so usability varies. For more details, please refer to the relevant supplier's guide above.

How do I cite an ebook?

Please refer to your School's referencing guidelines

Can I export references to EndNote?

Please refer to the relevant supplier's guide above. 

How much can I print from an ebook? Is double-sided printing possible?

The number of pages which can be printed varies according to the ebook supplier. For more details, please refer to the relevant supplier's guide above. Double sided printing is possible.