Library e-resources


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We currently have over 5,000 e-books available. This figure includes about 350 items added as a result of the recent ‘patron driven acquisitions’ exercise.

You can search for e-book titles and link to the full text of the e-books from the Library catalogue.

(Note that for technical reasons E-books from the Institute of Hospitality are not currently listed in the University of West London Catalogue. To search these, use the Institute’s own catalogue which can be accessed from the link below.)

To search the full text of all the e-books from a particular supplier, login to one of the services listed below:



Nine titles from the Books@Ovid database. The titles include references, updates, and graphics from some of the most respected sources in medicine, nursing, and pharmacology. Via the OVID platform.

Access available via UWL network logon details. Worldwide access available.


Dawsonera is an e-book service of 4,000+ book titles selected by the Academic Support Librarians at the University of West London. Select the *eBook Catalogue* tab to browse the titles in the collection. Books can either be read on-line or downloaded to your PC for reading off-line. Access available via UWL network logon details. Worldwide access available.

Institute of Hospitality e-resources Collection

The Institute of Hospitality is a professional body for those working and studying in the hospitality, leisure and tourism industry The Institute allows access to an e-resources collection covering hospitality, leisure, tourism and business. The collection is made up of e-journals,  e-books and audio books. Access the login information (you need to log in to Blackboard first to access this page).

Language e-books

French, Italian and Spanish e-books with exercises in grammar, verb and vocabulary usage. Access available via UWL network logon details. Worldwide access available.


This collection of e-books comprises of book titles ordered by the Subject Librarians at the University of West London. Access available via UWL network logon details. Worldwide access available.

Wiley Online Library Medical Collection

Provides access to the full text of 93 books covering a variety of topics. Browse for the book you require. Access available via UWL network logon details. Worldwide access available.

Other e-book sites

Sites providing free access to a wide range of titles, including many classics and out of copyright titles:

OAPEN Open Access

The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation. There are currently over 2500 titles which includes non English language titles.

Project Gutenberg

The first e-book site and is maintained by volunteers. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books.

Page by Page Books

Online access to texts in the public domain. Allows page by page reading and bookmarking.

Google Book Search

Service (still in beta) allowing searching of the full text of e-books held in the Google database. Google has entered into partnership with a number of leading libraries to digitise books in their collections. The database includes out of copyright and some copyrighted material (in the United States) and material added by authors and publishers.

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