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King’s College London E Books

King’s College London E Books

Ebooks

Library Services provides you with access to over 340,000 ebooks covering a wide range of subjects. Sometimes navigating ebooks can be tricky. Access is often dependent on where you are, what device you’re using and the licensing restrictions set by the provider.

Please read the FAQs below if you’d like more information or if you’re having trouble accessing an ebook.

How can I access ebooks at King’s?

You can find most ebooks using Library Search or the Library catalogue. To see only ebook results in Library Search, choose ‘Full Text Online’ and ‘Books’ from the left hand ‘Refine My Results’ panel. In the Library catalogue, you can search from our list of ebooks by choosing ‘Subsets’ and then ‘e-Books’. By following the link to the resource you’ll be redirected to the ebook provider platform which hosts the ebook.

Ebook provider platforms are listed on the A-Z Databases, along with databases. Click on the blue ‘i’ to view more information on each platform, including date and subject coverage as well as access restrictions. More general information on passwords and guidance on how to log in are available here.

Can I access ebooks when I’m not on campus?

Yes, most ebook platforms can be accessed off campus using your usual King’s username and password. Only a small number of platforms are restricted to on campus. Find the ebook you want in Library Search or the Library catalogue and follow the link to resource. You’ll be taken to the King’s Shibboleth Login page and then redirected to the ebook.

If you’re in doubt about the access restrictions of a platform always refer to the A-Z Databases by clicking the blue ‘i’.

What is DRM and Adobe Digital Editions? 

DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. It refers to technologies that ebook providers use to restrict what you can do with their content, such as limiting the amount of copying and printing as well as the loan length of downloaded ebooks.

King’s uses a range of ebook providers some of which use DRM. For those providers which don’t use DRM, you should remember copyright law and license agreements limit the printing and downloading of ebooks.

Adobe DRM (or ADEPT – Adobe Digital Experience Protection Technology), is the most common form of DRM for ebooks. Adobe Digital Editions is needed to read Adobe DRM-protected ebooks. If you’re off campus, you can download it for free from Adobe.

Why am I seeing ‘this ebook is currently in use’ or ‘currently being viewed’ message when I try to access an ebook? 

Most ebooks allow multiple users to read them at any one time. However, some ebooks only allow access to a certain number of users at the same time or within a 24-hour period. Providers MyiLibrary, Ebook Central, STAT!Ref, EBSCO and Cambridge Books Online all limit the number of concurrent users to some extent. If you’re repeatedly unable to access ebooks because of these messages, please email eresources@kcl.ac.uk.

Can I download ebooks to my computer? 

Some of our ebooks can be downloaded to your computer for reading later. However, restrictions on the amount you can download vary from platform to platform. Many allow you to download chapters as PDFs, but some only allow you to download a percentage of the ebook at a time or restrict you on how much you can print.

Platform such as Ebook Central and EBSCOHost, Adobe Digital Editions will need to be installed on your device before you can download ebooks.

Can I download ebooks to my Kindle or mobile device?

It depends on the DRM used by the ebook provider in addition to the file formats your device is compatible with. Content from providers that don’t use DRM can be downloaded to and read on any device compatible with PDFs. This goes for Cambridge Books Online, Oxford Scholarship Online and some others.

For Kindle, downloading PDFs is the only way you can read content as King’s cannot purchase ebooks in the Kindle format. Kindle uses its own proprietary DRM and which means you cannot transfer and read ebooks from Adobe Digital Editions to the Kindle.

For providers that do use DRM, there are a number of applications available for iOS and Android devices which support Adobe Digital Editions.

If you’re having trouble accessing ebooks on your mobile device, please email isseresources@kcl.ac.uk.

What is Ebook Central? 

Ebook Central is an ebook platform that allows King’s to make a greater range of ebooks available to our users that we couldn’t afford to purchase outright by allowing the eBook to be “borrowed” for twenty-four hours. Currently, we have access to over 200,000 titles through the Ebook Central platform. Further information about Ebook Central is available here.

IT enquiries

Library Services staff provide basic IT advice or you can contact the IT Service Desk which is the primary point of contact for help with using the IT services at King’s.

The IT service desk is open 24/7,every day of the year.

  • You can phone the IT Service Desk on 020 7848 8888.
  • If you have a query about IT you can also email 8888@kcl.ac.uk or complete one of the IT support forms
  • You can browse the internal IT Support web pages

Other Library contacts

Contact your Library Liaison Manager

Contact the Library Services Leadership team