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e-books: e-books


Queen's University Belfast Library has purchased e-books from a variety of suppliers.  They are catalogued individually and each catalogue record provides a link to the relevant full text source. This guide provides details of how to access e-books on a range of different platforms. 

Important news about Dawsonera

Dawson Books Ltd. went into administration on 19 June 2020. The platform is now closed. Most of the Dawsonera content has been transferred to a new platform VLEbooks. You can also search for ebook titles on the Library Catalogue.

How can I find e-books using the Library Catalogue?

Use Library Catalogue to find individual titles available as e-books.

You can search for these by entering a keyword, title or author.  Search results can be restricted to e-books using the Refine by panel on the left hand side and under Format selecting E-Book.


e-books Refine by setting in Library Catalogue


To access an e-book click on


 Queen's Online Resource (Queen's Staff and Students Only)


e-book record in Library Catalogue click on Queen's Online Resource to access


Reading or downloading on campus?

**If you are using a computer on campus or on a shared workspace you should not select the option to download e-books.

**You should select the 'Read Online' option.

**You can download e-books to personal devices or computers. (You may need additional software, see the relevant tab for details.)

Still having problems accessing e-books?

If you are experiencing a problem which is preventing you from accessing an e-book please provide:

  • details of how you tried to access the e-book (QUB Library Catalogue, QUB LibGuides, database, Google etc.)
  • details of the e-book you are trying to access
  • whether you are on campus or off campus
  • what browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge) you are using 
  • what operating system (Windows 10, Mac OS X etc.) you are using 
  • what device (PC, laptop, tablet, phone) you are using
  • and a print screen of the error page (Alt + PrtScr) in an email to