e-Books at Oxford University

How to find e-books in the library catalogue

Oxford’s e-books can be found by searching in the main catalogue SOLO. Most are catalogued individually just like printed books. In addition, many e-book packages are listed by subject on the Oxlip+ 'Subject' tab.

For help please use the SOLO LibGuide.

Remote access

Start at SOLO and click on Oxford Single Sign On to Log In as a University member. 

For help please refer to the SOLO LibGuide.

Licensed collections at Oxford

Oxford Libraries provide access to thousands of online books across many subjects. See below for a selection of e-book packages in your subject.


eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Currently Oxford Libraries have over 2100 purchased e-books across all subjects ('Our Collection') plus more than 3000 free e-books.
Access to each e-book is normally limited to two simultaneous users.  

E Book Library (EBL)

EBL is a growing collection of e-books from major academic publishers worldwide in humanities, science and medicine and social studies. The collection also provides 5 minutes free browse to over 200,000 "non-owned" books in the collection, with the option to send purchase requests to library staff.

Ebrary Academic Complete

Ebrary’s Academic Complete is a collection of around 110,000 e-books from over 500 academic publishers. University members may also download books for 14 day loans (loan limit of 10).


ACLS Humanities E-Books - 1,700 scholarly monographs, mostly history of Britain, Europe, America, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Cambridge Companions Online – Literature, Classics, Philosophy, Religion and Culture.

Cambridge Histories Online - 250+ titles published since 1960 by CUP.

Early English Books Online (EEBO) - printed books from 1473-1700.

Early English Books Online – Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) - a growing corpus of electronic full text editions of the EEBO collection.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) - 150,000 books published during the 18th Century.

Making of the Modern World - 61,000 titles published from 1450 to 1850.

Oxford Handbook Online

Oxford Scholarship Online -1,000 OUP titles in Classics, Economics and Finance, History, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science and Religion.

Past Masters - Humanities Full Text Works - complete works of individual authors.

Shakespeare Collection - Arden editions and more. 

Social Science

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online) - research in international affairs.

Handbooks in Economics Series – inc. Agricultural, Defense, Development, Econometrics, Economic Forecasting, Education, Finance, Environment, Health, Income Distribution, Industrial Organization, International, Labor, Macroeconomics, Mathematical, Monetary, Natural Resource and Energy, Population and Family, Public, Regional and Urban Economics.

Handbook of Statistics - a series of self-contained reference books.

MyiLibrary eBooks (Law) - from Wolters Kluwer Law and Business and Cambridge University Press

New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online - the definitive reference source with over 1,850 articles by 1,500 leading economists. 

Science & Medicine

Advances in Parasitology - book series from Elsevier.

Comprehensive Analytical Chemistry– book series from Elsevier.

Handbook of Mathematical Functions (Knovel)

IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology – the “Gold Book” from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry

Knovel Critical Tables – interactive tables for chemistry, materials, physics.

Lecture Notes in Computer Science - book series from Springer.

Lecture Notes in Mathematics - book series from Springer.

Methods in Enzymology – book series from Elsevier.

Oxford Medical Handbooks - 15 titles from the series: Anaesthesia, Cardiology, Clinical Medicine, Dialysis, Emergency Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Medical Sciences, Nephrology & Hypertension, Neurology, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Oncology, Practical Drug Therapy, Psychiatry, Public Health Practice, Rheumatology.

Oxford Textbook of Medicine - 5th edition.

Ovid e-books - Oxford Textbook of Public Health, Fields Virology. 


Blackwell Reference Online - 300 volumes in humanities and social sciences.

Credo Reference - 100s of titles from the world's leading reference publishers.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopedia of Biodiversity

Encyclopedia of Islam

Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics

Encyclopedia of Life Sciences - biochemistry, biology, ecology & evolution, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, plant science, virology

Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology

Encyclopedia of Mathematical Physics

Encyclopedia of Religion

Encyclopedia of the Hellenic World

Encyclopedia of the Qur'an

Grove Art Online - reference resource for all aspects of the visual arts worldwide from prehistory to the 1990s.

Grove Music Online - reference resource for all aspects of music.

International Encyclopedia of Human Geography

International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences

Oxford English Dictionary (OED).

Oxford Classical Dictionary - guide to all aspects of the ancient world.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (DNB).

Oxford Reference Online - OUP Quick Reference collection, including English and bilingual dictionaries, English grammar & thesaurus, and subject dictionaries.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

SAGE Reference Online – Encyclopedias in Social Science Research Methods & Geographic Information Science (GIS).

Whitaker's Almanack - annual reference 'bible' for current affairs. 

Access to e-books on personal e-readers 

The wide range of different eBook readers, and the variety of eBook platforms, may cause something downloaded on one device not to work on a different eBook reader. Furthermore, each platform/publisher may place different restrictions on downloaded materials.

License agreements for Oxford's e-book collections permit some downloading of e-books onto mobile e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle or the Sony Reader.

Apple iPad, laptops, and desk tops, can access all of Oxford's e-resources including e-books, using the Oxford Single Sign On.

Many eBooks are freely available from resources such as Project Gutenberg and the Internet Archive.

EBL and EBSCO eBooks can be downloaded to a pc and then to a portable eBook reader for a day loan.

Other eBook suppliers permit a limited amount of material (a chapter or equivalent piece of text) to an eBook reader.

Useful software for eReaders

  • Adobe Digital Editions (for Windows and Mac)*
  • Bluefire Reader (for Android and iOS)

*Linux users can install an older version of Adobe Digital Editions using Wine by following these instructions (PDF, 279 KB) at your own risk; no support is provided by the Bodleian Libraries.

Borrow an e-Reader!

  • The Radcliffe Science Library is trialling the loan of e-readers. Oxford students and staff can borrow a Kindle Sony eBook reader or an iPad.
  • NOOKs can be borrowed from the Social Science Library for a week at a time.

Free online books

Bartleby.com  Literary classics, the King James Bible, Shakespeare, fiction and nonfiction.

Google Books Millions of books digitised by Google.  

Internet Archive  Giant digital library of 1.8 million texts.

Internet Classics Archive “441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors. Mainly Greco-Roman (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.”

The Online Books Page  Listing over 35,000 free books on the Web including a few special exhibit listings including A Celebration of Women Writers and Prize Winning Books Online. Updated regularly.

Perseus Digital Library Project Includes: Primary and secondary sources for the study of ancient Greece and Rome; Art & Archaeology Artifact Browser; Primary and secondary sources in early modern English literature.

Prize-Winning Books Online “Read online the complete text of books that have won major literary prizes, like the Newbery Award, the Nobel Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize.”

Project Gutenberg “Download over 30,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone or other device. Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free ebooks.”

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