Western Libraries

FAQ: E-Books at Western Libraries

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/e-mail Western Libraries’ e-books?

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

7. 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. You can also use our E-Books Search option to limit your search to e-books only.

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

Western Libraries works with a number of e-book providers for content. Generally speaking, when you find an e-book in the shared library catalogue there will be a link to access the title. When selected, the link will take you to the online text of the book on the content provider’s website.

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

Most content providers we work with negotiate Digital Rights Management (DRM) for their e-books at the time of purchase. DRM specifies the amount of a title that may be downloaded, e-mailed and/or printed during a session. DRM varies by provider and by title as does the output format (i.e html, pdf) where available.

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

Because different e-readers use different file formats it may be possible to save a Western Libraries’ e-book to your e-reading device. It depends on the generation of device you are using, the format of the e-book you wish to save and the digital rights management associated with the title. Generally speaking, users wishing to read e-books on a portable device will have the most success using a device equipped with an Internet browser such as an iPad.

With e-book readers and file formats changing so quickly, if / when you wish to transfer an e-book held by Western Libraries to an e-reader device please consult the ‘Help’ feature associated with the title you are trying to download.  Also look for an indication of the digital rights management 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.

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

Western Libraries does not work with OverDrive to purchase e-book content as their service does not currently provide the type of material we require to support our researchers at Western. As such it is not possible to read Western Libraries e-books using OverDrive Media Console.