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How to use eBooks: How do I access eBooks?

Mae'r canllaw hon hefyd ar gael yn Gymraeg 

USW Library eBook collections

If you are a current member of the University of South Wales (i.e. staff or student) you can access eBooks from anywhere in the world using your University username and password.

Most eBooks can be used on mobile devices as well as PCs, although compatibility varies between platforms and suppliers.

Access is controlled by authentication (login). There are two ways that you can access eBooks:

If your module has an online reading list you can see immediately which items are e-books and access them directly.

If the item cited on your list is available online, you will see VIEW ONLINE next to the title on the list

You can access your reading list via the Blackboard site for your module. Or search the reading lists system directly for your module.


Accessing eBooks on campus


Our ebooks can be accessed on campus from any networked PC, laptop or mobile device. 

FINDit allows you to find all the eBooks owned by the Library. 

Our e-books can be accessed on campus by signing in to FINDit using your University username and password.

Accessing the eBook via FINDit means that the platform will recognise that you are from the University of South Wales and that you have access to this resource. 

If the Library has a copy of the eBook it will be listed on FINDit.





Accessing eBooks when off campus

Our e-books can be accessed off campus by signing in to FINDit using your University username and password.

Please use the link provided in FINDit to connect to the e-book platform as this will list content that you should have access to.

Going direct to a supplier’s page can result in you being shown content that we don’t have access to, or being asked for a non-university username and password that you will not have.

In some cases, it is necessary to follow a link on the service web site which says 'UK Federation', 'Shibboleth', 'Institutional Login' or 'Log in at your home organisation'. You will then be asked to choose the University of South Wales from a list. 

You will be redirected to the University login page where you then log in with your University username and password and redirected back to the online resource.

Using different devices


You can access eBooks on any up-to-date internet browser, for example. Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Chrome or Safari.

Most eBooks work best on the latest browser edition and for the best viewing experience we would recommend accessing our e-books from a PC or laptop computer.

Most eBooks are available as either PDF or ePub files.

PDF will give you an exact replica of a printed book page. 

ePub is more responsive and can be easier to read if you have a small screen and can be read on most devices except Kindle. (You can convert ePub files to kindle readable formats). 

Most of our eBook suppliers offer apps available on the App Store® or Google Play™ for reading offline on Apple or Android devices (or use Bluefire Reader). See the quick guide section for further information. 

There is a known compatibility issue with some Android devices and Adobe Digital editions. If using a mobile device is your preference, other compatible apps are available on the Google Play Store including PocketBook Reader. This article provides further details-