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E-books: Ebook Central

About Ebook Central

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Ebook Central is one of the Library's main e-book collections.  The titles on Ebook Central have been selected by Academic Liaison Librarians to support subjects taught at the College.  Our collection also provides access to 370 e-books that have been selected by FE Colleges for FE students as part of the JISC FE e-books Collection.

Ebook Central

Ebook Central

You can browse and search for titles on the Ebook Central platform or search for a title via the Library Catalogue. 

Help using Ebook Central

It’s easy to begin a new search from wherever you are in Ebook Central. Just look for the Search box at the top of the page, or the Search link in the global navigation.

The keyword is highlighted in the search results, and there’s a short description to give you a bit more information about the book, including whether it is currently “Available,” “Available on request,” or “In use.”

You can refine your searching by using search filters such as Year Published, Subject, Language, and Author.

Download the book, read it online, see the Table of Contents and more, and add the book to your bookshelf.

Chapter Results provide the top chapters from the most relevant books.

The Ebook Central Reader was developed with extensive input from researchers, with intuitive navigation to help you quickly find popular features. The default view includes an expandable Table of Contents, a robust Search Within feature, relevancy ranked search terms by chapter, and a navigation tool bar in the content pane.

Ebook Central offers flexible options for downloading content.

Download the book to computers, tablets, and phones. Simply select your device in the first step, and we’ll guide you through the rest!

Download a chapter, a page, or a range of pages in real PDF. Text is searchable and selectable, and a citation is included in a style of your choice.


The Bookshelf feature allows you to keep track of your downloads, loans and saved books, and lets you share them with others.

To use the Bookshelf you will need to log in using your college username and password,

Search for a Book on Ebook Central

Searching for the right title or chapter on Ebook Central is fast, easy and intuitive. This short video will demonstrate how to do a simple search, narrow search, advanced search and a browse search on Ebook Central so you can start your research right away.

Duration: 4 minutes

Ebook Central Online Reader

Read, search, navigate and annotate – all from your web browser. This brief video walks you through the easy-to-use Ebook Central online reader. You’ll also learn how to download, copy and print books or chapters, and how to quickly and accurately create a citation for your research.

Duration: 3 minutes 30 seconds

Ebook Central Bookshelf

Managing your ebook titles is simple with the Ebook Central bookshelf. This short video shows you how to create and organize a bookshelf, add folders and annotations, and manage your downloads.

Duration: 2 minutes 8 seconds

Using the Ebook Central Book Detail Page

Learn how to use the Book Detail Page to find important details about a book, including summaries, information about the author, reviews and more. We’ll also show you how to navigate to specific sections and subsections of a book using the table of contents.

Duration: 2 minutes 30 seconds