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

The best place to search for ebooks is LibrarySearch. If you need to sign in, you'll be prompted to do so. You can search:

  • By title e.g. "Tourism ethics".
  • By keyword e.g. "ebooks tourism".  Including "ebooks" in your search means you should only get online books.

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, download the complete guide or click on the individual supplier or video below.

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

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


Complete guide to all suppliers (PDF)

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.