Western Libraries

FAQ: E-Books at Western Libraries

Check out Western Libraries' e-book platform comparison chart.

1. Does Western Libraries collect e-books?

2. What subjects are included in Western Libraries’ e-book collection?

3. How can I find Western Libraries’ e-book collection?

4. How do I read Western Libraries’ e-books?

5. Can I download/print/email Western Libraries’ e-books?

6. Can I use Interlibrary Loan to request a hard copy (e.g. print, microfilm) of a title we have electronically?

7. Can I save a Western Libraries e-book to my Kindle, Kobo, Sony eReader...?

8. London Public Library uses OverDrive Media Console for their e-books. Can I use OverDrive to read Western Libraries e-books?


1. Does Western Libraries collect e-books?

Yes, Western Libraries collects e-books along with our print books.

2. What subjects are included in Western Libraries’ e-book collection?

Western Libraries collects e-books for any and all subject areas contained within its collection.

3. How can I find Western Libraries’ e-book collection?

You can find e-books the same way you find print books: through the Shared Library Catalogue. You can search by a known title or author or you can find e-books by keyword or subject searching.

4. How do I read Western Libraries’ e-books?

Western Libraries works with a number of e-book providers for content. When you find an e-book in the Shared Library Catalogue there will be a link to access the title. Once at the provider's site, you will be able to read the book in your browser.

5. Can I download/print/e-mail Western Libraries’ e-books?

This depends on the provider of the e-book. Most content providers we work with implement some form Digital Rights Management (DRM, or copy protection) on their e-books. DRM specifies the amount of a title that may be downloaded, emailed and/or printed during a session. DRM varies by provider and by title as does the output format (i.e html, pdf) where available.

For more information see Western Libraries' e-book platform comparison chart.

6. May I use Interlibrary Loan (ILL) to request a hard copy (e.g. print, microfilm) of a title we have electronically?

Yes, hard copy versions may be requested through RACER, our ILL system. Please indicate in "special instructions" on the request form that you require a hard copy e-version.

7. Can I save a Western Libraries e-book to my Kindle, Kobo, Sony eReader...?

This depends on which e-reader you have, and the DRM (if any) placed on the e-book by the content provider. In general, you should be able to read the web version of most of our ebooks on tablets with browsers, while connected to the Internet.

For more information see Western Libraries' e-book platform comparison chart.

Because e-book readers and file formats change so quickly, please consult the ‘Help’ feature associated with the title you are trying to download.  Also look for an indication of the DRM associated with the book. For example, when you attempt to download an entire book you may be given a prompt indicating only a portion of the title is available for downloading.

8. London Public Library uses OverDrive Media Console for their e-books. Can I use OverDrive to read Western Libraries e-books?

Western Libraries ebooks are not compatible with OverDrive Media Console.